What we offer secondary schools

Bring education to life at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Let the wide open space capture the imagination and entice pupils to learn about history, science and art on a site that's been influenced heavily by all three.

Step back in time in history workshops 

Be transported back into medieval times while on the ‘Act the facts’ workshop. Watch pupils absorb the rich history of the site on this interactive and fun course through the abbey where each pupil is assigned their own character to play out, learning as they go.  There’s drama, riches and a little bit of treachery to discover who destroyed the abbey… Try it if you dare!

Scripted drama gives a greater insight to the abbey history
Students acting among the abbey ruins
Scripted drama gives a greater insight to the abbey history

Looking for the next Burges 

Let the students discover their creative side with heritage crafts  and water colour painting in Swanley Grange. You can choose from led mosaic and felt workshops  where students can learn and practice their art skills. You never know – you might be inspiring the next William Burges who designed St. Mary’s Church with its elaborate mosaic floor for Lady Ripon.

Embrace nature

While Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a manmade landscape there's plenty of wildlife to be found. There are three types of deer in the deer park, a large array of insects, bird life abound and a whole under water world to be discovered. It doesn't stop there. Download our learning offer pdf below for the full range of workshops to get stuck into.

Download the secondary schools learning offer here (PDF / 0.6865234375MB) download

A mother and her young in Studley Royal deer park
A mother leads her young through Studley Royal deer park
A mother and her young in Studley Royal deer park

Get in touch with queries and to book

Our Learning Officer Janet runs our Education programme, assisted by a brilliant team of friendly and knowledgeable volunteers.

You can contact Janet on 01765 643196 or send her an email.