50 children from four Primary Schools in Leeds have graduated from Leeds Children’s University this week.
Pupils from Carr Manor, St. Philip’s, Sacred Heart and Parklands have all taken part in 30 hours or more of additional learning outside of school, through the Leeds Children’s University.
Activities include after-school sports clubs, cooking, dancing, graffiti workshops, work with Leeds Museums and Libraries, Super Saturday events at Leeds Trinity University and much more.
10-year old Caitlin Small from Carr Manor said:
“I’ve been doing loads of different activities including swimming, dancing and signing. Once we get a certain number of stamps, we get to come here and coming to the University is such a good thing. I’ve been looking forward to it for ages, and it’s good to be part of it!”
Stephen Longfellow, Year 5 teacher at St. Philip’s, said:
“The Children’s University increases the children’s enthusiasm and gives them an opportunity to try lots of different activities. They are always excited to do the extra activities and fill up their passports with stamps. It inspires them and they enjoy it. The Children’s University gives the children the chance to shine and their graduation today is their moment.”
Launched in November 2014, as part of the nationwide Children’s University Trust, Leeds Children’s University is based at Leeds Trinity University. The programme promotes social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.
Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:
“Leeds Children’s University is all about raising aspirations, fostering a love of learning and encouraging young people to try new things; something we already do for all of our students at Leeds Trinity University. The shared aims of both organisations means we are absolutely committed to supporting the Children’s University and our graduation event on campus is a truly wonderful event. Every single graduate should be very proud!"
The children graduating from Leeds Children’s University were joined by Leeds Children’s Mayor Isla Bentley and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Ed Anderson, as well as Professor Margaret House, Ian Burrell and staff members from the four schools who formed the prestigious Platform Party.
Year 6 pupil Izzy Maude from St Philip’s, who delivered a Vote of Thanks during the graduation, added:
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the adults at our school, mums and dads, and other grown-ups at home who organise the Children’s University, give up their time so we can take part in extra activities, earn stamps on our passport, take us and collect us from the activities, and generally encourage us to all the things we do.”
The graduation ceremony took place on Thursday 7 December 2017 at Leeds Trinity University.