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School Outreach and Education

Elizabethan pageant, re-enacting the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Great St. Mary’s in 1564

School Visits

​We welcome schools to visit Great St Mary’s, to learn more about the Christian faith and our particular heritage here in Cambridge and in this church. Cambridge was at the heart of the English Reformation, and has a long royal history, so we can offer visits that tie in with the history curriculum as well as those that are more suited to supporting religious studies classes. 

​We are able to tailor our offering to the age of your students, from pre-school to 18, and can focus on content that best suits your needs. Please email our Education Officer at nataliel@gsm.cam.ac.uk to discuss further.

 

There is no charge for school visits to the church, although we welcome any donation you are able to give. There is a charge to climb the tower - £4.50 per pupil, with accompanying staff going free. 

Our Heritage and Sustainability Work

We are currently in the process of developing a full Education Programme, spanning Christian heritage and faith as well as topics surrounding sustainability, as part of our commitment as a church to encourage care for God’s creation. This work is supported by our Education Officer, and is partly funded by a generous grant from Church Schools of Cambridge (CSOC).

Our Education Officer would be happy to hear from any schools or other education providers, including home educators, to discuss how we can develop an offering that would support your teaching. Email Natalie at nataliel@gsm.cam.ac.uk to make contact.

For a look at the resources we offer, please visit this page: https://www.greatstmarys.org/about-4.

Our Past Work

Our current work builds on projects that we have carried out in the past, including the Heritage Education Programme that we developed thanks to a Heritage Lottery Grant and with funding from CSOC. This was carried out in partnership with four schools and two disability charities, and resulted in excellent resources for school visits, events and activity days in the school holidays. Extensive research created engaging content for touch screens, located in the church, which graphically convey the remarkable history of Great St Mary’s over 800 years.

We also benefitted from a grant from ECLAS (Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science), which was matched by CSOC, and which allowed us to employ a Science in Faith Engagement Officer who delivered lessons on climate change and sustainability at Park Street Primary School.

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