School and Community


The Becket Pageant for London is delighted to be working with schools and communities within the square mile, all of whom will play an important role in shaping the Pageant into a landmark production for the City.

The Becket Pageant for London is grateful to the City of London Corporation’s Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund (CILNF) for its generous grant which will help fund the community and schools outreach work of the Pageant.


Pupils from Redriff and Galleywall Primary Schools and City of London Primary Academy Islington (all part of the City of London Academies Trust) will join pupils from St Paul’s Cathedral School in singing and movement workshops leading to performance on stage, alongside members of livery companies, other members of the City of London community and leading professionals.


Secondary school pupils will participate in a tailored art and design project that will contribute to the show’s finale, alongside the Basketmakers’ famous Gog and Magog.

Students will be encouraged to keep video blogs to record their work for exhibition at the 2022 Culture Mile Careers Festival, under the Creative and Fusion Skills category. This will become an online resource reaching an estimated 6,000 - 7,000 students. 

A specialist historian on the Becket period will offer contextual learning to participants on the historical, literary and religious studies elements of the pageant, drawing on new educational resources for KS3 and KS4 created by our Becket 2020 partners at the University of York. For more information please follow this link:


Local residents will be offered the opportunity to participate in a  workshop to create a giant puppet embodying their concept of the modern ‘The Spirit of London’. What does it mean to them? How will they capture that in aesthetic form?  We can’t wait to see what they come up with! 

Further opportunities for the local community engagement will include a sewing circle for costume making, stewarding and general volunteering.