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Education at Portsmouth Cathedral

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Welcome to Portsmouth Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Sea!

All our visitors, whatever their age are captured by the history of our building and enjoy learning about the people who have used it for over 800 years. By providing guided tours, craft activities, singing workshops, and hosting many other themed events, we offer a memorable learning experience.

The Bishop Kenneth Room is our dedicated education room in the North cloister. Workshop resources are kept here and there are facilities to give presentations and run small groups here too.

Education at Portsmouth Cathedral


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There is no charge to enter Portsmouth Cathedral, nor for a guided tour, but please book your visit with the Education team. We can check the diary and let you know if there are any special services running which may restrict what you can see/do here. We can also make sure a guide is available for your tour. Workshops are £1 per pupil attending. Become a member of our School Friends scheme and receive a free or discounted workshop for your class — click here to find out more.

School workshops at Portsmouth Cathedral

School visits are welcome throughout the year and can be tailored to focus on different aspects of the National Curriculum, RE (Christianity), History, Music, Art, Science and SMSC. When booking a visit, schools can select from a range of themed workshops listed below or email us to discuss your own curriculum and a bespoke visit.

Themed Workshops for KS1 and KS2





Wednesday 12th September 2018   -    FOSSILS & DINOSAURS      KS1 or KS2

(History, Time) 
Engaging with Fossils and Dolly, the Dinosaur (skeleton) exhibited in the Cathedral this week.


Wednesday 3rd October 2018  -   “HERE I AM!”        KS1 & KS2
(RE & SMSC - Spirituality)
Who am I?  The World Around Me.   Christian Values


Tuesday 9th October 2018  -  CHURCH & CHRISTIANITY        EY, KS1, KS2 or KS3
(RE, History)
The growth of the city of Portsmouth; The Cathedral - A Sacred Place


Wednesday 31st  October        Monday 5th November        Tuesday 6th November 

3 Days of workshops for a special Commemorative project
2018                    (RE, History)
Collaborative commemorative event - schools to join for a unique art/DT project for the 100th  anniversary of the end of the 1st World War.


Monday 26th November 2018  -  ANGELS as Messengers
(RE & Art)      
A Big Art project for KS1 or LKS2


Monday 3rd December 2018  -   ST NICHOLAS TIDE       KS2
(RE, Music)
A Cathedral SING event, with two singing workshops held in school prior to this date. Children will experience the joy of singing with the Cathedral choristers in a service at midday (parents invited).

Monday 23rd April 2018    -    ST GEORGE  -    Year 2 or 3

(RE,  SMSC – British Values & Spirituality, History)
Learn about St George; Heraldry and Symbolism today

Tuesday 22nd May 2018      -             INTERGENERATIONAL     -     for Yr2 upwards
Wednesday 23rd May 2018                           workshops

The Ichthus (sign of the fish)
(DT/Art, RE, SMSC) with some of our elderly neighbours (organised in partnership with the Deanery’s Older Persons’ Advocate)

Tuesday 5th June 2018        -     Cathedral SING   -    Years 3 & 4
(Music & RE)
Outreach event, with three music workshops held in your school during the preceding three weeks, culminating on this date at the Cathedral with a collaborative morning music workshop with the other schools taking part, and a lunchtime concert to parents.


Monday 18th June 2018      -  FREEDOM workshops    -      UKS2
Tuesday 19th June  2018

(RE, Music, British Values)  Using the concepts of Freedom and Celebration, a unique opportunity to visit the organ loft and the Singing Gallery to see the nave trumpets up close


Training courses at Portsmouth Cathedral

We also offer training courses for school staff

Using your local Christian Place of Worship
Spirituality & Prayer in Your School
Collective Worship in Schools
RE in Primary Schools (cross-curricular learning)
Music in the Primary Curriculum

Email for more details



Our Easter workshops

The Education team at Portsmouth Cathedral run workshops in partnership with other churches, in schools and in the Cathedral.

  • Children from Horndean Junior School learned about Vestments during their Easter days at Catherington Church.

  • Children from St George's Beneficial Primary created their own Paschal Candles and painted symbols on stoles.

  • In the Cathedral, St George's Primary, Wimborne Juniors and St Jude's Primary learned about the events of Holy Week and Jesus' Resurrection.

Schools can liaise with us to agree the children’s learning outcomes. We can also create bespoke workshops to support and enhance the teaching of current topics in schools.

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In response to changes in the National Curriculum, we’ve developed new ideas to engage primary and secondary schools, reaching out to Further Education students too. As the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’, we have a unique position and role in the city of Portsmouth, and we look forward to your visit.


Come along to our Twilight Sessions to see some of the activities we offer for your school visit. Use this as your pre-visit tour and to learn about Portsmouth Cathedral and how workshops can be tailored to meet your curriculum and your ideas.

Meet our Education team and share ideas with other teachers attending. Tea, coffee, and cake are free. All sessions run from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Email to book.

We are grateful to The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral who give generously to enable the children’s workshops to take place. We also thank a huge number of volunteers who help prepare resources and support children during the activity days.

Education enquiry form