Schools’ Department

The Schools department is dedicated to providing opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through curriculum based programmes with a special emphasis on Christian faith; we have recently been awarded our second Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education.

The Sandford Award Administrator wrote to the Department as follows:

"I am delighted to inform you that The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has won another Sandford Award.  Congratulations! Our judge, Jenny Newhouse was very impressed by the learning programmes on offer at the site and felt that they were worthy of commendation by the scheme. This was ratified by the Heritage Education Trust Directors."

Further Information:

May 2018 - The Shrine is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Caroline Ward as the new Schools & Young Pilgrims Officer. Caroline is an experienced teacher and as a regular pilgrim herself she comes to the post with a good understanding of the Shrine and of the importance of pilgrimage to Walsingham.

Caroline writes: “ I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be taking up the post of Schools & Young Pilgrims Officer. I am very much looking forward to developing the work which takes place with schools to develop the importance of pilgrimage and devotion to Mary. I am also looking forward to developing strong relationships with local schools and growing the pilgrimage programme for children and families who visit”.

This is an exciting development in the life of the Shrine. We welcomed Caroline to the team in July.

The Schools Office is currently staffed full-time, so please be assured that your email or telephone message will be responded to as soon as possible.

The Schools Department aims to:

  • Offer a professional service to schools, churches and the community through high quality resources, learning opportunities and liaison.
  • Work with teachers, advisors and other professionals towards a common goal of excellence in Religious Education and throughout the whole curriculum
  • Promote pilgrimage, for all, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
  • Develop Walsingham as an exciting, valuable educational resource for all.

Click here to go to the Schools Programmes' page