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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Children's University 

The Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. This is achieved by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school.


Children's University students use Passports To Learning (very similar to travel passports) in which they record the number of hours of completed CU validated learning activities by stamp/sticker awards. Children are encouraged to progress through the CU Certification scheme, based on the number of hours of attendance throughout their involvement with the Children's University. Bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded at CU Undergraduate, CU Postgraduate and CU Doctorate levels. The certificates are usually presented at a graduation ceremony organised through the local Children's University. The CU process continues up to the age of 14, at which point it focuses more on volunteering.


The purpose of Children’s University is plentiful. Attendance has been proven to raise attainment at school, contribute significantly to children’s confidence, wellbeing and ambitions. As a school we want our clubs to be accessible for all, therefore there will be a wide variety of free after-school clubs as well as paid ones. One of the main aims of Children’s University is for all children to have the opportunity to participate, so that the greatest impact can be made.


To register your child/ren please email the office with the name/s and Year group to: