Henry VIII at Hampton Court

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About this session

Key Stage 4 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Depth study

Doctrine, dynasty or dough? In this session students will explore the actions of King Henry VIII and his ministers as they reshaped the religious map and the repercussions of those decisions for the court and beyond.

Through the use of primary documentary and physical evidence, students will debate the causes and consequences of the break with Rome and its aftermath as seen through the lens of Hampton Court Palace.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Investigate the influence of key figures on Henry VIII during the English Reformation.
  • Explore the impact of ecclesiastical changes on the individuals in Henry's court.
  • Debate the extent to which the decisions benefitted Henry, his reign and his legacy.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of Henry VIII’s reign, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study B3: Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-40.


  • Component group 1: British Depth study: The English Reformation c. 1520-c.1550.

Booking information

Availability - New from September 2019
Monday and Thursday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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