The Education Programme (Age 5-11)

This programme offers a range of opportunities to enrich learning and inspire personal growth and aspiration.  

A man dressed as Cardinal Wolsey in red robes and hat stands on stage right looking at a screen. A group of school children are sat on the floor looking at the screen, backs of heads visible.

Arts-based storytelling workshops 

The programme offers a variety of arts-based workshops, enabling children to tell their own story and develop a sense of pride in themselves, their family, their heritage, and the place where they live. 

Creative Storytelling Workshop with Gecko

We are delighted to be working with award-winning Ipswich-based theatre company Gecko Theatre to deliver their highly praised ‘Tell your Story’ immersive workshops, taster days and empowering CPD sessions for teachers. 

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State schools in Ipswich will receive a contribution of £600 towards costs for their chosen option.  

A Gecko workshop offers a playful and creative opportunity to explore, express and experience human emotion.  Using their unique style, breath, emotional physicality, and use of multiple languages, Gecko’s work explores themes of family, migration, and home.   

a group of children on bright coats dance around a school yard

What educators and young people have to say about Gecko: 

‘Gecko are great at taking initial ideas and allowing children to lead. We have now completed two thought-provoking pieces and aim to do another that allows children without a voice to suddenly tell their story.’  – Kate Hodgetts, Headteacher at St Helen’s Primary School, Ipswich.

‘Everyone was really proud of themselves and we worked as a team… it’s actually a really good celebration.’  – Young participant from ‘Tell Your Story’ project performance.

To view the ‘Tell your Story’ International Day performance at St Helen’s Primary School click here 

‘Reimagining Tudor Ipswich in Minecraft’ -Digital Skills Workshops with Creative Computing Club(CCC) 

Working on a flat digital map of Ipswich, with visual prompts to spark imagination, participants will build their own Tudor streets using materials in keeping with the period and the familiar game features of Minecraft. This cross-curricular workshop (ICT ,STEM, HIS, ART) is held at CCC’s central Ipswich hub and is guided by BAFTA mentor award winner and “Skills Champion” for Suffolk, Matthew Applegate. 

Workshops are recommended for children age 7+ and are suitable for students with SEND and SEMH. Workshops are bookable now and slots are available throughout the academic year 

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To enquire or reserve a space on any of these workshops please email: hannah@wolsey550.co.uk

The Thomas Wolsey 550 project

We’re also working with other locations across the UK connected with Wolsey’s life and extraordinary achievements such as Oxford, York and Leicester, to deliver online schools education packs – for more information about how your school can participate in the Thomas Wolsey 550 project.
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