The Christian Heritage Centre

Christian Leadership Formation Programme
for Sixth Form students

Under the Patronage of St Thomas More

“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 initiative that was launched by the charity in 2021 (read more here).

The programme runs every year, offering a philosophical, ethical, spiritual and practical formation for tomorrow’s leaders.

Who is it for?

The course is for students currently in Year 12/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.

“Absolutely brilliant course”

What does it consist of?

“Broadened my understanding vastly”

The Christian Heritage Centre has partnered with St Mary’s University, Twickenham, The Catholic Union of Great Britain and Alliance Defending Freedom UK, 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. The third module involves a visit to Parliament, with a tour and closing ceremony to conclude the course.

The course offers academic input of a philosophical, theological and ethical character; workshops on statesmanship and practical aspects of public leadership; training sessions in public speaking and self-knowledge; and input from 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 at Theodore House, Stonyhurst

Module 2: Human Ecology and Ethics
Takes place during October half-term at SPEC, Pinner, London

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

What does it cost?

The course costs us £1,500 per student.

Part- and full sponsorships are available for any student unable to fund all or part of the cost themselves. Please see the application form for futher information.

“The experience has made me realise that my professional and spiritual lives are synonymous and not separate”

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed.

Applications for 2024 will open in September 2023.

For any queries, please contact

“It is rare to find a course that helps form you into a Christian professional and especially one that explains everything so well”

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 (available Sept 2023)

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.

Our Partners

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