What exactly is the Children's University?
It's an organisation which signposts you to exciting learning activities which take place outside the normal school day - it could be before school, during lunchtime, after school, during weekends or holidays etc. The activities are all voluntary, it is up to you to choose what you do and when, and the learning always has a link to something you could go on to do at a 'grown up' university. Children's University is run by the Children's University (CU) Trust.
At our school
Children’s University started at Grappenhall Heys in September 2015.
Our school is proud to be part of Warrington Children’s University, a national scheme that encourages voluntary learning beyond the school day. Warrington Children’s University runs alongside The Wolves Foundation.
Students are rewarded for their participation in voluntary learning by receiving points for every hour they attend. If they receive enough points they are invited to the annual Graduation Ceremony to get their certificate.
Our school provides a wide variety of after-school clubs that students can attend as part of Children’s University. All school clubs run at school have all been accredited by Children’s University so for every hour of additional learning your child receives 1 CU credit.
Children can also gain points towards their Children’s University by having a Passport to Learning and visiting Public Learning Destinations away from school. Passports are available from school.
Children visiting with a Passport to Learning will ask a member of staff to record their visit in their Passport. Children should interact with the activity before their Passport to Learning can be stamped and the number of hours recorded.
Children can only get passport stamps from Learning Destinations validated by Children’s University. It is important that a Passport to Learning is completed by a member of staff (not a parent) and stamped using the agreed stamp logo. Passports that have been signed or initialled will unfortunately not be accepted. Our school coordinator is Mrs Smith.
I would like to reiterate, if your child currently does external activities after school and their activity provider is not validated by Children’s University unfortunately they will be unable to gain credits within their passports.
If you would like to suggest an activity to be a Learning Destination, please contact either the Children’s University team firstname.lastname@example.org