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Children's University Graduation at Leicester

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Children's University Graduation at Leicester

Event on campus for 8-14 year-olds

One hundred and eight Leicester youngsters between the ages of 8 and 14 years, who have been taking part in The Children's University™ through the Samworth Enterprise Academy, Soar Valley College and Foxes Learning Centre are to graduate on Tuesday 21 September in a ceremony at the University of Leicester.

The young people, who all have 30 or more hours of out-of-school learning, will be graduating in cap and gowns and there will be a commemorative photograph taken of the event.

Assistant Principal, Libby Wigginton, commented: “We held last years’ graduation at the University and the children were really inspired by the event and have been really excited and looking forward to this years’ graduation”.

“Leicester Children’s University is based at the Samworth Enterprise Academy and offers out-of-school learning opportunities to the children at the Academy and the wider community.

“Children who attend The Children's University™ can achieve additional learning hours at the Academy and other accredited learning venues across the City and in some national venues. All the additional learning is done on a voluntary basis and can be carried out after school and in the school holidays.

“The Children's University™ offers learning in any topic, as long as it is linked to a course that is on offer at a university. This gives us an opportunity to offer a wide range of topics.

“There are three levels of award depending on the amount of out-of-school learning the participants have done: Bronze (30 hours), Silver (65 hours) and Gold (100 hours). We are very proud of all the children who have achieved their Bronze and Silver Awards, but we are especially proud of Brandon Brittan, who has attended 366 additional learning hours in 2009/10 academic year by taking part in additional learning hours in and outside of school , and will receive his Gold Award and a gift voucher. This has taken a lot of commitment and enthusiasm.”

Amanda Swift, Widening Participation & Outreach Co-ordinator at the University of Leicester said: “We are very pleased to host this event. The University has close links with the Samworth Academy, and The Children's University™ graduation reinforces our links with the local community and helps to encourage the aspirations of young people and demystifies university for them.”

The Children's University™ is a national organisation encouraging learning outside normal school hours, providing 7-14 year olds with high-quality, exciting and innovative learning opportunities. Participation and achievement are rewarded with certificates.

In the UK it began in Birmingham in the early 1990s and has since spread across the country. Its national head office is based at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The Samworth Enterprise Academy is the Leicester centre for the organisation.

The Children's University™ Graduation takes place on Tuesday 21 September 2010 in the Rattray Lecture Theatre on the main University Campus.

One hundred children under 8 years will also receive Graduation Certificates during a Celebration Assembly at the Samworth Enterprise Academy.

The students collect their certificates. The students collect their certificates.

Notes to Editors: For more information on The Children's University™ please see: http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/about-us/

And for more information on the Samworth Enterprise Academy please see: http://www.samworthenterpriseacademy.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Other details are available as follows:

University of Leicester: Amanda Swift, Widening Participation & Outreach Co-ordinator Tel 0116 252 5349, email ams62@le.ac.uk

Samworth Enterprise Academy: Libby Wigginton Tel 0116 278 0232, email Libby.Wigginton@samworthenterpriseacademy.org

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