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What is the "Children's University"?

The Children's University (CU) Trust offers 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. If you are a child, parent/carer, school or potential partner organisation this is the place to start!

Why should my child join?

The Children's University is an International scheme that promotes and celebrates quality learning activities through participation in activities at places such as after-school clubs, sports clubs, arts clubs and tourist attractions. All of the activities are checked by us to ensure that they promote high quality learning and, more importantly, are fun. Each child that joins the scheme will receive a Passport to Learning in which to record the hours they spend at Learning Destinations.

Once they complete a minimum of 30 hours, children are invited to a Graduation Ceremony at the University of Northampton to receive their certificates.

Click here to find out how it works.

CU Graduation Ceremony

childrensuniversity sml tmb26 pupils attended the presentation from ICPS that was hosted by Northampton University on Monday 31st March. Click on the image to see a larger image! The keynote speaker was Jacky Holloway, Deputy Dean of the School of Business and was assisted by Jane Badger, Head of HE Schools Engagement.

The final speech was given by Paul Blantern, Chief Executive at NCC.

Two young people, Evie and Libby from Roade Centre Stage Saturday Morning Centre hosted the event and also acted out a scene from 'Blood Brothers'. Park Junior entertained the children and parents with some songs.

The event was a huge success and the children looked very smart in their gowns when receiving their certificates.


How can we get involved?

Membership of Northamptonshire CU is usually through the school your child attends.

The cost of CU Membership for each child is £6, for which each child receives:

  • A CU Passport To Learning and an e-passport.
  • Access to CU learning activities provided by CU quality assured Learning Destinations.
  • Participation in a Children's University Graduation ceremony where they will receive a

Children's University certificate, dressed traditionally in a graduation cap and gown, with an invitation to parents/carers and families to attend.

Benefits of being involved

  • Achievement is significantly better at Key Stages 1-3 for children who participate in CU compared with non-attenders.
  • The more children engage with CU, the better their achievement.
  • An evaluation by Cambridge University found certificates, credits in their passports and graduations are valued rewards for children.
  • University settings help inspire and raise aspirations for children and parents.
  • CU has helped to make quality learning a reality beyond academic studies.

For further information please contact the HE Schools Engagement team at the University of Northampton on 01604 892757 or email

Term Dates

Upcoming School Events

27 Sep
Choir KS1
Date Mon, 27 Sep 2021 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
27 Sep
KS2 Choir
Mon, 27 Sep 2021 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
29 Sep
Wed, 29 Sep 2021 8:00 am - 8:40 am
29 Sep
Science Club - Yr 3-6
Wed, 29 Sep 2021 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
29 Sep
Yr 1-2 Games
Wed, 29 Sep 2021 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
30 Sep
Thu, 30 Sep 2021 8:00 am - 8:40 am
30 Sep
Games - Yr 5-6
Thu, 30 Sep 2021 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
1 Oct
Flu Vaccinations
Fri, 01 Oct 2021
1 Oct
Hotshots Basketball
Fri, 01 Oct 2021 8:00 am - 8:40 am
1 Oct
Allstar Football
Fri, 01 Oct 2021 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm