Children's University

What is it?

Wakefield Children’s University is part of a national organisation which validates high quality out of hours activities for children and young people aged 5 – 14 years of all abilities. Learning opportunities are being provided by this school through after school clubs as well as organisations both in the local community and nationally. 

The Children's University aims to inspire children, raise their aspirations and to develop a love of learning in a range of environments. In Wakefield, the Children’s University is supported by Wakefield College; the District’s largest provider of Further and Higher Education.

All children/young people who join the Children’s University are given a ‘Passport to Learning’ in which they can collect stamps and stickers to demonstrate the number of hours of learning they have achieved. Over time children/young people may work towards nationally recognised certificates celebrating their hours of learning. On achievement of a certificate they will be given the opportunity to attend a Wakefield Children’s University Graduation ceremony.

The last Graduation Ceremony saw over 180 children graduate in ceremonial gown and mortar board and was a fantastic occasion.

National Children’s University Awards

Undergraduate level

30 hours = Bronze certificate

65 hours = Silver certificate

100 hours = Gold certificate

There are progressive steps leading to 1000 hours of learning: the National Children's University Doctorate level.

Passports to Learning’

The School will stamp/sign the Passport for every hour of learning achieved during an extra-curricular activity (ie any after-school or lunchtime clubs). Children are responsible for their own Passports and it is very important that they take care of them as lost records cannot be accessed.

Children and young people can also collect stamps in their Passports at Learning Destinations across the country. This gives you the opportunity to link your family days out with the learning taking place at school. To find out where these are, visit and click on the Learning Destination section or speak to school.