Schools

Workshops and trails are a fantastic way to interpret All Saints and discover its hidden stories. Trails help to make the church more accessible for young visitors and can be a fun way to explore the building. Our craft workshops are hands-on activities which are informative and fun on their own, but can also enhance some of our trails when booked together. Please contact the Heritage and Learning Officer for booking recommendations.

All trails and workshops have cross curricular elements. Please see workshop options for further details.

It is important to create a balance between structured learning time, and time to look around the church. All Saints Church is the only grade 1 listed building in Kingston and this means that we are restricted in the number of visitors we can accommodate at once. Currently this means that the maximum group size is 30 students.

We require all groups to bring appropriate adult supervision. If on arrival your group does not have the minimum number of adults with your group (as detailed below) then All Saints Church reserves the right to not admit your group onsite.

Child’s ageAmount of adultsAmount of children
0 - 313
4 - 1215
13 - 18110

Please provide your staff and adult helpers with a site map, times and locations of any booked trails or workshops, so that they are prepared.

All trails and workshops are subject to availability.

Please book at least 1 month in advance of your visit.

Trails and workshops take place in different areas of the church. Details of where to assemble will be included in your booking confirmation.

WORKSHOPCONTENTKEY STAGECURRICULUM AREAS COVEREDMAX NO. PER GROUPCOST (PER STUDENT)
Self-Guided Tour (45 mins)Explore All Saints and discover its hidden treasures. Watch our introductory video to the history of All Saints Church in the heritage gallery. Using our children’s trail book, explore the church, answer questions and solve riddles. Alternatively, use our monuments trail to discover the hidden stories within the church (£1.00).KS1-2 (Kids Trail) KS3-5 (Monuments Trail)History English – speaking and listening Art and design30Free
Spectacular Stained Glass (60mins)Learn about how stained glass is made, the history of stained glass and the windows of All Saints Church. Stained glass challenge trail. Create your own stained glass tealight holder.KS1-3HISTORY KS1 • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality KS2 • Local history study • Study of church art and stained glass in churches from the middle ages to the present day KS3 • Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 ART AND DESIGN KS1 • Using a range of materials creatively to design and make products • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers KS2 • Working with a range of materials KS3 • Use a range of techniques and media • Learning about the history of art, craft, design and architecture30£2.50
Terrific Tiles (50 mins)Learn about medieval church decoration. Examine the rare medieval tiles discovered during the recent renovation of All Saints Church. Decorate your own medieval inspired ceramic tile.KS 1-3HISTORY KS1 • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality KS2 • Local history study • Study of church building and art from the 11th century to the present day KS3 • Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 • Local history study ART AND DESIGN KS1 • Using a range of materials creatively to design and make products • Learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers KS2 • Working with a range of materials KS3 • Use a range of techniques and media • Learning about the history of art, craft, design and architecture30£2.50
Saxon Royalty (50mins)Learn all about Anglo-Saxon Royalty. Inspired by the Saxon coronations in Kingston, students can design their own Saxon crowns using images and historical facsimiles as inspiration. Workshop can be booked at a reduced price in conjunction with the Athelstan: First King of England workshop.KS1-2HISTORY KS1 • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality KS2 • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor • Local history study KS3 • Local history study30£2.50
History of All Saints (50mins)Explore the history of All Saints throughout the ages on this guided tour. From Anglo-Saxon coronations to the present day, be taken on a journey that spans a thousand years, as you discover the hidden secrets of All Saints. Watch our introductory video in the heritage gallery. Optional extra: explore the church using our kids trail worksheet.KS1 - 3HISTORY KS1 • Changes within living memory • Events beyond living memory with national and global significance (the Anglo-Saxon monarchy, unification of Saxon kingdoms, the slave trade etc) • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality KS2 • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor • Local history study • Study of the role of the parish church from 10thc to the present day KS3 • Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 • Development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745 • Ideas, Political Power, Industry and Empire: Britain 1745-1901 • Local history study30£2.00
Athelstan: First King of England (1 hour)Dress up as the Saxon residents of Kingston and re-enact Athelstan’s coronation, which took place on this site in 925AD. Learn about the history of the coronation ceremony and how Athelstan is still influencing British politics today. Book alongside our Saxon Royalty workshop for a right royal experience!KS1-3HISTORY KS1 • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality KS2 • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor • Local history study KS3 • Local history study ENGLISH AND DRAMA KS1- Year 1 • Reading - Comprehension KS1 – Year 2 • Reading – word reading • Reading – comprehension Lower KS2 – Years 3 and 4 • Reading – word reading Upper KS2 – Years 5 and 6 • Reading – word reading • Reading – comprehension KS3 • Reading – understanding increasingly challenging texts • Spoken English15£2.50
Marvellous Materials (45 mins)Learn about the different materials used to build All Saints Church on our trail, get hands on with our Materials Challenge and create your own marvellous materials crafts!KS1-2KS1 (year 1) – Working Scientifically and Everyday Materials KS1 (year 2) – Everyday Materials Lower KS2 (year 3) – Rocks Upper KS2 (year 5) – Properties and Changes of Materials£1.50
History Detectives Tour (45 mins)Solve puzzles and examine historical sources and artefacts to uncover the history of All Saints and become a certified history detective.KS2-3HISTORY KS1 • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality KS2 • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor • Local history study KS3 • Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 • Local history study£1.00
Crowns and Coronations (45 mins)Learn all about the royal history of All Saints Kingston, get a close look at what Athelstan’s crown would have looked like and discover the history and meaning of crowns throughout history. Have a go at creating your own crown!KS1-3HISTORY KS1 • Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality • Events beyond living memory with national and global significance (the Anglo-Saxon monarchy, unification of Saxon kingdoms, the slave trade etc) • Lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements KS2 • Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots • The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor • Study of royal pageantry and regalia from the 10th century to the present day • Local history study KS3 • Study of royal pageantry and regalia from the 10th century to the present day • Local history study£1.00

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STORY STORKS is a social enterprise on a mission to inspire every early year’s child to become a reader for pleasure when the time is right for them.  Children who go on to read for pleasure are proven to perform better academically.

Story Storks at All Saints Kingston

Story Storks present King Athelstan – the Historically funny story workshop telling his life story

König, Prinz, Kind, Junge, Karneval

King Athelstan was the first King of England & Britain and it all started when he was crowned right here in Kingston.  Full of fun, action and daftness, we use award winning interactive storytelling to knight the boy prince, fight Vikings and go on a journey with his court!  A great introduction to an important piece of  local and national history.

  • Suitable for Early Years, KS1 & KS2
  • Approx 45 mins long
  • £80 per workshop
  • Max 30 students per session
  • Contact HALO or email sarah@storystorks.co.uk for more information

Self-Guided Visits

We also welcome self-guided visits to the church. Please note that self-guided visits also require booking through the Heritage and Learning Officer to ensure availability and the best possible experience for all visitors.

Local History Study

All Saints Church has been at the centre of Kingston history for over a thousand years, making it a fantastic source for local history studies, with monuments, architecture and artwork from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day. If you are interested in making All Saints Church the focus for a local study, please contact the Heritage and Learning Officer for more information.

How to book

  • Download a booking enquiry form from the website. Alternatively, call or email the Heritage and Learning Officer to make a preliminary enquiry.
  • Please complete a booking enquiry form at least one month prior to your intended visit, and email it to the Heritage and Learning Officer at heritage@allsaintskingston.co.uk.
  • The Heritage and Learning Officer will then check availability for your visit, before confirming your visit via email.
  • Please note that a booking has not been made until you receive a booking confirmation form from us.

Download the schools enquiry form:

Schools ASK booking enquiry form (.docx)

Payment

  • All Saints Church requires you to pay the cost of your visit in advance. You will not be permitted onsite unless the full amount has been paid.
  • You will receive an invoice and instructions on how to pay with your confirmation form.
  • Any alterations to group numbers must be made no later than 14 days prior to your visit. We require at least 14 days’ notice otherwise you will be charged the full cost of your visit (as on confirmation booking form).
  • If you need to cancel your booking you must let us know at least TWO WEEKS before your visit date. We regret that any cancellations made after this period will be charged for, in full.
  • All Saints Church reserves the right to refuse entry to large groups who have not booked in advance.
  • All workshops and trails are subject to availability. For reasons beyond the learning department’s control, it is very occasionally necessary to cancel a booked activity at short notice.
  • It may not be possible to re-schedule the times of pre-booked activities, such as workshops, for groups who arrive late. All Saints Church reserves the right to cancel or shorten activities in these circumstances.

Booking Guidelines

These guidelines will help your visit to All Saints Church go smoothly – please read them carefully.

  • Please provide all accompanying adults with a copy of these guidelines before your visit.
  • Please arrange in advance, how your group will be divided into smaller working groups on arrival at the church. This will save your time on the day.
  • All Saints Church is primarily a place of worship. We ask that all groups are quiet and respectful whilst in the church. Please remind students about appropriate behavior before you arrive and re-iterate throughout your visit. Any groups causing disturbances will be asked to leave the church.
  • Please telephone All Saints Church if you know you are going to be late ( 0208 546 5964 ). It may not be possible to re-schedule the times of pre-booked activities, such as workshops, for groups who arrive late. All Saints Church reserves the right to cancel or shorten activities in these circumstances.
  • Please ensure that all mobile phones are switched off for the duration of your visit.
  • Mid-week services are held at 12pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10.30am on Thursdays, at All Saints and last approximately half an hour. Groups in the church during these times are asked to respect this practice and avoid moving through the nave during the service. Please take notice of the service times if you are planning a self-guided visit.
  • School staff and accompanying adults are responsible for the welfare and behavior of students throughout their visit. If there is an accident/health issue please contact church staff or vergers.
  • We require all groups to bring appropriate adult supervision (see below). Groups using the public toilets must be accompanied by an adult. All Saints Church reserves the right to refuse entry to under-supervised groups.
    Child’s age Amount of adults No. of children
    0-3 1 3
    4-12 1 5
    13-18 1 10
  • There could be other groups and visitors exploring the church at the same time as you, please consider the effect this could have on your timetable, and the availability of facilities such as toilets.

Please consider all of these points, plan your visit carefully and fully brief all of you accompanying adults. If you have any questions regarding planning your visit, please get in touch with the Heritage and Learning Officer.

Risk assessments

We have a wide range of groups and activities at All Saints Church. We therefore strongly recommend that the member of staff organising the visit makes a pre-visit to the church to conduct your own risk assessment. We can provide a list of recommendations (below) which will help you prepare and we are always happy to answer any additional queries you may have, by email or telephone. Please contact the Heritage and Learning Officer to arrange your pre-visit.

All Saints Church has public liability insurance cover up to £5,000,000. Please remember that we do not know your students as well as you do. Some of our trails and workshops are led by volunteers, who are experienced and knowledgeable, but may have no formal teacher training. The management of the behavior and safety of your group is your responsibility at all times.

Risk Existing Controls Likelihood
Risk from members of the public e.g., abduction or assault

We require all groups to bring appropriate adult supervision.  

Child’s age Amount of adults No. of children
0-3 1 3
4-12 1 5
13-18 1 10

Groups using the public toilets must be accompanied by an adult.  

2
Fire

In the event of fire/alarm, church staff/volunteers will direct all visitors to the nearest safe exit.

Teachers are responsible for taking a register of their pupils once in a safe location.

If any student/staff member if unaccounted for, church staff/volunteers should be informed immediately.  

2
Tripping on uneven surface

Uneven floor surface due to age/texture of some of the stone flooring.

Children should be reminded to take care.  Advise them to walk carefully and to look out.  

2

Likelihood: 1 = improbable 2 = possible 3 = likely 4 = very likely 5 = inevitable

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to book in advance?
Yes. Bookings should be made at least one month before the date of your visit.

How to pay
All Saints Church requires you to pay in advance. Your group will not be permitted onsite unless the full amount has been paid. You will receive an invoice and payment details with your confirmation form.

How to get here
All Saints Church is situated in the heart of Kingston, close to Kingston train station and bus routes. There is no visitor parking available due to the central location of the church. For more information please click here.

What are the opening hours?
The church is open daily between 10am and 4pm.

Will there be any services during our visit?

  • 12pm Tuesday – Holy Communion
  • 12pm Wednesday – Holy Communion
  • 10.30am Thursday – Holy Communion
  • 12.30pm Friday – Silent Prayer

Where can we eat packed lunch?
There is seating in the churchyard to the north of the church. It may be possible to accommodate small groups in the east end of the church, subject to availability. You must request this in your enquiry form.

Toilets
We have two toilets onsite that your group will be able to use during your visit. Both have disabled access.
Groups using the public toilets must be accompanied by an adult.

Are there facilities for those with Special Needs?
All Saints Church is wheelchair accessible and the west door is power assisted. Please inform us of any special needs when you return your enquiry form.

Where should we report when we arrive?
School groups should arrive through the north west door (please see map), next to the Heritage Room. You will be greeted by your guide.

Terms and conditions

  • Please note that a booking has not been made until you receive a booking confirmation form from us.
  • Any alterations to group numbers must be made no later than 14 days prior to your visit. We require at least 14 days’ notice otherwise you will be charged the full cost of your visit (as on confirmation booking form).
  • All Saints Church requires you to pay the cost of your visit in advance. You will not be permitted onsite unless the full amount has been paid.
  • All Saints Church reserves the right to refuse entry to large groups who have not booked in advance.
  • All workshops and trails are subject to availability. For reasons beyond the learning department’s control, it is very occasionally necessary to cancel a booked activity at short notice.
  • It may not be possible to re-schedule the times of pre-booked activities, such as workshops, for groups who arrive late. All Saints Church reserves the right to cancel or shorten activities in these circumstances.

Learning Enquiries Form




Download the schools enquiry form:

Schools ASK booking enquiry form (.docx)

Resources

These resources are designed to compliment our workshops either on the day of your visit or as a post-visit activity.  For recommendations about which resources to use with your students please contact the Heritage and Learning Officer at heritage@allsaintskingston.co.uk.

Marvellous Materials

Marvellous Materials worksheet

Spectacular Stained Glass

Stained Glass Spotter Sheet

Stained Glass Spotter Answer Sheet

Parts of a church window – diagram

Stained Glass Glossary

Animals at All Saints

All Saints Animal Hunt Spotter Sheet

All Saints Animal Hunt Answer Sheet

Joint Visits with Kingston Museum

Kingston Museum has great collections all about the history of Kingston and booking a joint visit to All Saints and the Museum can be a fun and informative day visit!

Kingston Museum workshops

If you would like to book a joint visit to All Saints with Kingston Museum please contact the Heritage and Learning Officer at heritage@allsaintskingston.co.uk.