The Christian Heritage Centre

Christian Leadership Formation

Under the Patronage of St Thomas More

2022 applications are open until 3rd June!

Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders

“In an increasingly fast moving and complex world, where decision makers have to grapple with ethical challenges about which they feel ill-equipped to deal with, a course which provides formation, maps and sign posts will be greatly welcomed by many.”
The Lord Alton of Liverpool, Founding Trustee of The Christian Heritage Centre

The Thomas More Christian Leadership Formation programme is an exciting and unique course that has been developed by the charity.

It was launched in January 2021, and the programme commenced with a first cohort of students in July 2021. The first cohort concluded the programme over Easter 2022, and a second cohort of students is currently being recruited for the year ahead.

Who is it for?

The course is for students currently in Lower 6th or S5 (Scotland).

It is offered to students who are motivated by their faith to help shape and create a society founded on Christian values: students who are seriously considering some form of public life or leadership role, and who are driven by a love of God and of neighbour. Candidates will need to demonstrate a strong level of academic ability through their GCSE grades and predicted A-level grades (or N5 qualifications in Scotland), as well as evidencing leadership qualities and an applied spiritual life.

Students will need to have the support and recommendation of their school in order to apply, with schools being invited to submit a maximum of three applications each.

What does it consist of?

The Christian Heritage Centre has partnered with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, The Catholic Union of Great Britain and Alliance Defending Freedom, besides other organisations and independent academics, in order to offer top-quality input from experts in their fields.

The course is delivered over three residential modules, as below. The third module involves a visit to Parliament, with a tour and closing ceremony to conclude the course.

Students of the course receive academic input of a philosophical, theological and ethical character through lectures; workshops on the statesmanship and practical aspects of public leadership; training sessions in public speaking and self-knowledge; and sessions with key, political figures. The content is delivered within a structured framework, which includes time for prayer and liturgy, socialising, activities and discussion.

Module 1: Philosophical Foundations for the Common Good.
Takes place in July after the end of the school year, at Theodore House, Stonyhurst

Module 2: Human Life & Ethical Considerations.
Takes place during the October half-term at SPEC, Pinner, London

Module 3: Applied Political Leadership.
Takes place during the Easter break at SPEC, Pinner, London

Further information is available in the documents below.

What does it cost?

The course costs us £1,400 per student.

For parents who are unable to cover the full cost of their child’s place, we offer part- and full sponsorships for all places on the course.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently open for the 2022 programme, and will close on Friday 3rd June.

All necessary forms can be downloaded below and emailed directly to

Students will need to complete and submit the Student Application form, together with a 500-word essay.

Students should ask their form tutors to provide a reference, and their Heads of Sixth Form (or equivalent) for a recommendation from the school.

Students should also ask their religious minister to provide a personal reference.

Information & Application


Includes the flier and a brief overview of the programme.

Contains all necessary information and guidance for schools wishing to support applications.

Contains an introduction, information and guidance for students interested in applying to the programme.

Application forms

The Student application form, to be submitted directly by the student applicant.

The Tutor reference form, to be submitted directly by the student’s Form Tutor or equivalent.

The School recommendation form, to be submitted directly by the student’s Head of Year or equivalent.

The Personal reference form, to be submitted directly by a religious minister known to the student.

To donate towards the cost of this programme, please use the link below: