Practical details


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

The Tuesday evenings start at 6:00 pm and finish by 10:00 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 run from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm. We provide lunch as well as refreshments during the day.

The year begins with a Friday evening introduction, followed by the first of the Saturdays.

See the term dates.


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 £600 for the year. This is equivalent to just £12.50 for a Tuesday evening, and £25 for a Saturday.

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 £600 fees at the start of the course or in instalments at the start of each term.

Formation School is a partnership between Above Bar Church, and Living Leadership, as well as a number of churches around the area.

Above Bar Church is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales, registration no 6959469. Charity registration no:1131075. Registered office: 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7FE.
Living Leadership is registered as charity number 1121621.
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