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Practical Details


Formation School takes place on Tuesday evenings and some Saturdays over three terms.

The Tuesday evenings start at 6:30 pm and finish by 21:30 pm. Students are welcome to bring some food with them as it is an early start to the evening. We provide drinks and snacks.

Saturdays typically run from 10:00 am until 16:00 pm. We provide lunch as well as refreshments during the day.

The year begins with the first of our Saturdays by way of introduction.

Term Dates 2023-2024

We expect the year to start the year with our first of three Saturdays on 23 September 

Formation School takes place on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays across three terms. Tuesday evenings are from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Saturdays run from 9:30 am and run into the afternoon (specific timings below).

Our intention is to deliver Formation School through in -person learning. Where necessary, we have also made a zoom option available for individuals unable to make a particular session. However, at this stage we are not offering an option to do the full programme online. 

Introductory Day: Saturday 23 September, 9:30 am – 15:00 pm at Above Bar Church

Term 1: Autumn 2023

Term 2: Spring 2024

Term 3: Summer 2024

Tuesday 26

Tuesday 3
Tuesday 10
Tuesday 17
Tuesday 24 (no meeting as Half Term)
Tuesday 31

Tuesday 7
Tuesday 14
Tuesday 21
Tuesday 28

Tuesday 5
Tuesday 12

Saturday 6 (Retreat Day 9:30-16:30 usually in Botley)
Tuesday 9
Tuesday 16
Tuesday 23
Tuesday 30

Tuesday 6
Tuesday 13 (no meeting as Half Term)
Tuesday 20
Tuesday 27

Tuesday 5
Tuesday 12
Tuesday 19
Tuesday 26

Tuesday 16
Tuesday 23
Tuesday 30

Tuesday 7
Tuesday 14
Tuesday 21
Tuesday 28 (no meeting as Half Term)

Tuesday 4
Tuesday 11
Tuesday 18
Tuesday 25

Tuesday 2

Graduation Day: Saturday 6 July, 9:30 am – 15:30 pm at Above Bar Church


Formation School runs at Above Bar Church in the centre of Southampton. It’s just a few minutes walk from the station, and there is plenty of parking in the city centre (though note that charges apply to most car parks until 8:00 pm).

How much?

The course costs £500 for the year. 

Course materials are included, though you may also want to buy a few books. You will also have access to recordings of the sessions, slides, and handouts online. You can continue to access this content – and new material from future years – after you have completed Formation School.

We provide light refreshments on Tuesday evenings, and on the Saturdays we provide a main meal too.

You can pay the full £500 fees at the start of the course or in instalments at the start of each term.

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