St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
We offer a selection of workshops that
tailor specifically to GCSE students and aim to support them in their exams. Developed in line with the curriculum and with the support of exam
boards, we have created engaging, thought provoking and specialist workshops and resources.
Religious Studies GCSE Visits:
We offer Religious Studies guided visits
and workshops that that are tailored to the AQA and EdexcelRS GCSE specifications, as well as offering visits that provide SMSC
provision for students.
The Big Issues: Exploring Christian
Students will explore the Cathedral and
have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A with a priest to discuss ethical issues. The students are asked to submit their own questions and the
aim is to challenge and engage students through deep thinking and discussion on a variety of philosophical and ethical issues affecting the world
today. We have produced some free resources including a series of answers from Cathedral clergy to common questions relating to beliefs and
Art and Spirituality: Exploring the Art
of St Paul’s Cathedral
Students will explore art from the
18th Century to present day and will investigate how theology is communicated through a variety of visual media. They will reflect on
how art can be a form of religious expression and what it can tell us about faith and Christian belief.
Sacred Space for
Students will consider how St Paul’s
functions as a place of Christian worship through its design and furnishings (e.g. altars and fonts) and think about festivals such as Christmas,
Easter and Pentecost as depicted in its artworks. Students will investigate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion and reflect on different
forms of worship and prayer. This visit will support learning about beliefs, teaching and practices in Christianity.
Specialised Thematic Studies
These focused workshops are designed to
immerse students in their specific GCSE topics. Through facilitated discussion and tailored activities, students examine exam specification
relevant case studies from the Cathedral’s heritage (both historic and 21st Century examples), think around Biblical teachings and
consider different Christian (and other) perspectives on the subject. Schools can currently choose from Religion, Families and
Gender or Religion, Peace and Conflict and are advised to highlight which examination board specification they follow
Half or Full Day workshops can be offered
(Full Day visits will include elements of other GCSE visits listed above). If you missed our Religion, Crime and Punishment
Conference in October 2019, you can watch the film here.
‘You could tell our guide was familiar
with the GCSE course as she continuously pointed out specific and relevant information that the pupils could use in their exams’
(Year 11 Teacher)
History GCSE Visits:
Developed with AQA and offered to
schools choosing Restoration England in the history syllabus, this offer is tailored to the specification and covers core themes for the
exam. It is also provides a key visit for those exploring St Paul’s Cathedral as the Historic Environment in 2021.
Discover what happened to St Paul’s
Cathedral during the interregnum and how it was restored before the Great Fire of London destroyed what remained. Engage with archival
material to explore the story of how St Paul’s Cathedral was designed and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren for the people of
GCSE History Workshop - Restoration
England - Booking from March 2020:
Explore the Cathedral and discover its
restoration story from Civil War and fire to new designs and the rebuilding of an iconic place of worship for London. Includes a visit behind the
scenes to Wren’s Great Model and the Geometric Staircase.
Visit the Cathedral independently and use
Worksheet to guide you. Visit places of importance and engage with questions and activities to make the most of your
Support your learning with our online
resources and Virtually Access the Great Model from inside your classroom.
here to virtually access Sir Christopher Wren's great model in the classroom and even go
- Explore the online archive or watch a film about Sir Christopher Wren's architectural
- Take a look at the Warrant Design for the Cathedral and compare with the current
For more KS 3, 4 & 5 guided visits please
look at our Secondary School Brochureor feel free to get in touch to
find out what visit might be best for your group. Sign up to our Newsletteror follow us on Twitter @stpaulsedu to find out what special events, conferences and offers we may have for secondary school