28th Jun, 2017

Himbleton youngsters graduate from Children's University

THREE youngsters from Droitwich’s Himbleton First School took part in a special graduation ceremony after earning gold, silver and bronze awards from the Children’s University.

Children’s University encourages learning outside of the classroom with a host of extra-curricular activities both in schools and at home, introducing higher education at an early age and sparking a passion for learning, exploration and discovery.

Children have a Learning Passport they can get stamped for each activity they complete, which includes visits to a wide variety of learning destinations across the country.

Participants are rewarded and celebrated for their on-going journey of learning. The bronze is attained when 30 hours of extra curricular activities have been completed, building up to the Gold Fellowship which is awarded after 100 hours.

Worcestershire Children’s University operates from the University of Worcester where the special graduation ceremony took place.

The awards were presented by Helen O’Donnell, Chief Executive of National Children’s University, who made the trip to Worcester especially.

Annabel Collins, Worcestershire Children’s University manager, said: “This year we have had a record 115 children, from schools across the county complete bronze, silver and gold awards and we were delighted to reward them with a special graduation ceremony.

“The children really enjoyed wearing their cap and gowns and taking the chance to celebrate their amazing achievements in front of parents, teachers and members of the University of Worcester and Children’s University community.”

Carolyn Lloyd, the strategic manager at the Central Children’s University, said the increasing number of children taking part in the scheme and the rising number of first and middle schools signing up showed the dedication and efforts of the Worcestershire Children’s University team.

“The ongoing support from the University of Worcester is highly valued and the partnership will ensure more local children fulfil their potential.

“We look forward to seeing even more children and young people having access to extra-curricular learning in 2017.”

Schools interested in getting involved in Children’s University should email Annabel Collins at cu@worc.ac.uk