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'Everyone had a wonderful day.. it was a marvellous learning opportunity for all the children!'
- Visiting Head Teacher, 2007

Our Education Officer:
Toni Bush is an experienced teacher and was appointed as the Abbeys Education Officer (part-time). As such she works with a team of volunteers to offer exciting educational visits for children from across all Key Stages.

Education Days at Hexham Abbey:
As part of our education programme for schools we are pleased to offer full and half activity days for Key Stages 1-3.
These creative and hands-on educational visits are designed to bring to life aspects of the National Curriculum in subject areas such as Religious Education, History, Art and PSHE.
Children can discover why St Wilfrid was good at recycling in Anglo-Saxon times by exploring the atmospheric crypt. They can meet a medieval monk and try their hand at writing with a quill pen. They can take part in a baptism at the font believed to date from Roman times. Click this for a pdf flyer.

We made ink and wrote with a quill just like the monks. We had a great day!

Tailor Made Visits:
The Education Team offer a number of 25 minute activities based on the fascinating history of Hexham Abbey, its stunning architecture and its role as a lively parish church.
Visiting schools can mix and match a number of activities according to their own curriculum requirements - five for a whole day, three for a half day - which are usually run on a ‘carousel’ basis.

We are developing the scope of our work all the time but activities currently available cover the following topics:

Religious Education

  • Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Baptism
  • The Bible
  • Stained Glass
  • Worship
  • Pilgrimage
  • Jesus
  • Christmas and Easter

History

  • The Anglo-Saxons - the story of St Wilfrid, Queen Etheldreda and the first Abbey at Hexham,
  • The Crypt and the Frith Stool
  • Medieval life - a day in the life of a monk and the monastery, the Hexham Abbey Effigies
  • The Reformation - what happened at Hexham Abbey?

Art

  • Stained Glass
  • Shape and Pattern
  • Sculpture and Chairs

Please contact Toni via the Parish Centre if there is a particular curriculum area you would like to look at which is not covered here or to discuss visits appropriate to Key Stages 4 and 5.

We invite a voluntary donation of £2.00 per child for a whole day and £1.50 for a half day.
This donation contributes towards the costs of the activity day, including most craft materials, as well as use of a venue for lunch if required.
We welcome children and schools with special needs but we have some limitations of access.

Special Events:
We have worked with local schools and organisations to stage dynamic one-off educational events. We would welcome enquiries about future collaborative ventures.

'The feedback has been excellent and the children are still buzzing with enthusiasm from all the activities.'
Creative Partnerships Consultant, 2007

Guided Tours:
School groups are welcome to visit the Abbey for a shorter length of time, perhaps as part of a visit to the wider Tynedale area. The Abbey is open daily but is closed to visitors for services and special occasions. For this reason it is important to book your visit in advance.
If a visit is pre-booked for a Monday or a Tuesday then guides should be available to offer a tour of the Abbey adapted to the age group of your children. Guided tours are most successful in groups of no more than fifteen children so please bear in mind that large school groups will require several guides and book your visit well in advance to ensure enough guides are available.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee guides for visits that are booked during the remainder of the week.

The activity days run on Mondays and Tuesdays, subject to availability, and are generally suitable for groups of up to 60 children. Please contact Toni  via the Parish Centre to discuss the possibilities for larger school groups.