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Wakefield Children’s University reaches major milestone

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College programme Manager for Partnerships, James Pennington with Havercroft student Grace Banks.

Wakefield Children's University reached a significant landmark this week as 9 year old Grace Banks became 2000th member. Grace, a pupil at Havercroft Junior & Infant School, has benefitted from the school becoming involved in the exciting initiative which provides learning opportunities for 5 - 14 year olds outside traditional school hours.

Havercroft J & I are the latest school to join the Wakefield CU which enables young children across the District to develop new skills and learning experiences. Headteacher Anne Evans said: “We are delighted to be part of this initiative. Our pupils will gain such a lot, not only from the extra curricular activities at school but also from the opportunities to be involved in the growing range of activities provided by the Learning Destinations both locally and nationally.”

Wakefield Children’s University is spearheaded by Wakefield College in conjunction with a number of partner schools and Learning Destinations.

College Principal, Sam Wright said: “The Wakefield Children’s University is gathering momentum all the time and the number of schools that have supported the project by becoming members has been extremely pleasing. Similarly, word is spreading amongst Learning Destinations with the numbers expressing an interest joining the scheme increasing all the time.

“More and more young people are accessing out of school activities and collecting their stamps for their learning hours – not only do children learn new things but all activities help to develop self-esteem, interpersonal skills and confidence. We are keen to be inclusive and offer parents the opportunity to enable their children to become members even if their school is not yet involved and individual memberships are available.”

The initiative, which started earlier this year, has been a resounding success with more than 18 schools signed up across the District. Children's University works by children owning a ‘Passport to Learning’ and collecting stamps for each hour of participation from validated ‘Learning Destinations’. Local Learning Destinations currently involved include The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Wakefield Theatre Royal. Parents interested in learning more about Learning Destinations and individual memberships for Wakefield Children's University should log onto www.wakefield.ac.uk/childrensuniversity or contact Wakefield College Partnership Manager James Pennington on 01924 789743.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 4 October, 2012

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