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'A' Level Sessions at Windsor Castle

  • Windsor Castle
  • Monday, 1 Jun 2020 - Friday, 23 Jul 2021
  • Key stage 5
  • History, Art & Design, English Language
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security

Details

Details

Bespoke A Level Sessions at Windsor Castle.

1000 years of History can be found deep within the walls of Windsor Castle. The team are happy to design a session around your studies.  Past examples of study are indicated below but all use the vast expertise of the staff at Windsor and also the invaluable resources of the Castle itself and the Royal Collection within. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss a visit with us.

Norman Power

From the arrival of the Normans, to their building of impressive fortifications, students investigate how they influenced an England in shock!. Students will look at the Castle buildings and a range of documentary evidence and consider the role and importance of such defences at the time, including how these buildings helped William I consolidate his power.

Topics: Normans, War and Conflict, Depth Study

  • Edexcel - Unit 2A.1: Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053–1106.
  • OCR - Unit 1 Y102: Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1035–1107.

Feudal Turmoil

How did the Angevin kings use Windsor to assert and consolidate their power at such a turbulent time? Students will be able to use the physical, medieval evidence all around them and a range of written evidence to develop their understanding of key individuals and events of the time.

Topics: Medieval, War and Conflict, Depth Study

  • AQA - Unit 2A: Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings, 1154–1216.
  • Edexcel - Unit 2A.2: England and the Angevin Empire in the reign of Henry II, 1154–89.
  • OCR - Unit 1 Y103: England 1199–1272 / Unit 3 Y303: English Government & the Church 1066–1216.

Cataclysmic Change

The reign of Henry VIII saw cataclysmic changes for both church and nation.  As a palace, a hunting paradise and his final resting place, Windsor played a crucial role in re-shaping Henry VIII's England. Students will analyse physical and documentary evidence to consider the role of Windsor as a reflection on Henry VIII’s life. Students evaluate this complex king from economic strife to religious unrest and the varied functions of the Castle site. This session will also include use of medieval and Tudor portraiture and objects within the Castle as historical evidence

Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment, Depth Study

  • AQA - Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603.
  • Edexcel - Paper 1, Option 1B: England, 1509–1603: Authority, nation and religion, Paper 3 Option 31: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603.
  • OCR - Unit 1Y106: England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors.
  • WJEC - Unit 1 (AS): Option 1: Government, rebellion and society in Wales and England C.1485-1603. Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.

Challenging Perceptions: George III at Windsor

Mental illness and the loss of America – is that all there was to George III? Students will gain an insight into the real George III, using sources and other evidence the Castle provides, to see this intelligent king from a different perspective. This study day will also use portraiture as historical evidence.

Topics: Hanoverians, American Revolution, Depth Study

  • AQA – Unit 2G The Birth of the USA, 1760–1801
  • OCR - Y110 From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783–1853,  Y212 The American Revolution 1740–1796

"I bring my A Level students year on year to do one of these sessions at the Castle.  It adds immeasurable value to their learning and passion for the subject.  See you next time!"  KS5 Teacher

 

Travel

Travel

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London.

Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. 

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

Subject to availability, pre-booked school groups will have use of the facilities at the Learning Centre, located just outside the Castle walls.  This is your base for the day and you will receive a coach pass to enable your coach driver to set you down and collect you from here.  Facilities include a space to eat packed lunches and a safe place to leave coats and bags.

Access

Access

Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to Windsor Castle.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts (SEN groups) is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your special needs pupils with these spaces.

How to book

How to book

To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

Please have to hand:

  • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
  • Numbers of children and supervising adults
  • The taught programme you would like
  • Details of any special educational or access needs

You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

Contact us

Learning Bookings Team
Ticket Sales and Information Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
[email protected]

Sharing Learning Objectives

Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements. Please contact us in advance if you have any specific learning objectives in mind.

Planning Visits

Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your pupils with these spaces.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

Prices

Prices

Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Pre-booked school groups: £6.00 per pupil
Children in Reception or below: FREE
Discounted rate for schools in the Royal borough 

Accompanying adults

One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
Years 1 to 3 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
Year 4 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

Security

Security

Royal Collection Trust sites have airport-style security measures at all public entry points, through which all visitors, including school groups, are required to enter.  All adults and children will be asked to:

  • Allow any bags to be searched by hand
  • Walk through a metal detector arch, one at a time
  • Switch off mobile phones

The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
  • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
  • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section can provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)