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:

We offer a number of educational programmes to suit various age groups; most of these last a whole day (usually10.30am to 3.00pm). Whatever else may be provided, our programmes always include the theme of pilgrimage and a visit to the Shrine Church.

Residential visits offer far greater scope for planning an unhurried programme and we can tailor-make a package to suit the needs of your students. Please ask about additional sessions which can be included in your package.

Most of the programmes can be adapted for small groups of special needs students.

The department is staffed by an established team of experienced and qualified teachers.

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.

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One of the schools team will be pleased to give advice and will help you to arrange a visit that will be both memorable and worthwhile.

"The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham provides curriculum-based education programmes aimed at enhancing pupils' classroom studies of moral, spiritual and cultural issues and encouraging them to open their minds to all aspects of the world around them."

Susanna Smart, Lead Judge, The Sandford Awards for Heritage Education

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.