& Schools

A range of full-day educational workshops for schools.

Conducted by our experienced museums education officer, our exciting and engaging sessions give pupils the opportunity to explore the college’s unique history, collections and grounds.


Scholars and Servants

Could you handle being a child attending a boarding school in Victorian times? Could you handle being a child WORKING at a boarding school in Victorian times?

Discover the stories of two very different childhoods existing side by side here at Ushaw. See if you can communicate without breaking your strict code of silence, practice your Latin, create and award your own Ushaw prize medal and have a go at Cat; the unique Ushaw sport.

Suitable for Key Stage 2.
National Curriculum links: KS2 History

  • A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond

Keep the faith a secret

Delve into Ushaw’s 450-year history and discover the lengths England’s Catholics went to in order to protect their way of life at a time when being a Catholic became illegal.

Print your own secret pamphlet, create and crack Catholic codes and uncover the gruesome punishments that await you if you are found out! In this PSHE/citizenship session, we will explore how an entire religion becomes against the law, choose whether to risk our lives for belief or protect ourselves from persecution, and find out whether the problem of intolerance is really something that Britain left in the past. This session draws explicit links to the prejudices faced by groups today, challenging children to put themselves in the place of the persecuted and examine the consequences of everyday intolerance.

Suitable for Key Stage 2.
National Curriculum links: PSHE Association:
Programme of study for PSHE Education, Core Theme 2. Relationships

  • R14. to realise the nature and consequences of discrimination, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours (including cyber bullying, use of prejudice-based language, ‘trolling’, how to respond and ask for help) Core Theme 3. Living in the wider world
  • L1. to research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events that are of concern to them and offer their recommendations to appropriate people
  • L8. to resolve differences by looking at alternatives, seeing and respecting others’ points of view, making decisions and explaining choices.
  • L11. to appreciate the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom.
  • L12. to consider the lives of people living in other places, and people with different values and customs.
  • L17. to explore and critique how the media present information.

Mountaineering in Durham

Explore the legacy of one of Ushaw’s most famous students; the mountaineer Joe Tasker. Take part in practical experiments to learn how the Himalayas were formed, stave off altitude sickness, map a mountain range and finally face your fears on the slopes of Everest.

Suitable for Key Stage 2.
National Curriculum links: KS2 Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle. • Geographical skills and fieldwork: use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studies.

National Curriculum links: KS2 History

  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods (for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry, Rosa Parks and Emily Davison, Mary Seacole and/or Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell).
  • Significant historical events, people and places in children’s own locality.

Art and Architecture

Get creative and discover the astonishing work of Augustus Pugin, the architect responsible for Ushaw’s grand St. Cuthbert’s chapel (and also some place called the Houses of Parliament).

Investigate tessellation and symmetry, reveal a never-before-seen side of Pugin’s work by taking your own digital images of Ushaw and then bringing them to life, turn your initials into a work of art, and turn those works of art into stained glass!

Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2.
National Curriculum links: – Art and Design Programme of Study Key stage 1

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture
  • to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Core Theme 3. Living in the wider world

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.


Your Visit

Please book your session in advance.

It is recommended that a class size should be no larger than 35.

Open Hours

Workshops run from
10am - 2.30pm,
Monday - Friday


Workshops are priced at £5 per child. Teachers will be invoiced on the day of the session.


To organise your visit,
please contact us
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or phone: 0191 373 8500