Children's University

 Children's University

Ark School are delighted to be facilitating the opportunity for our children to take part in Children’s University.  This is a national organisation offering children aged 7-14 an exciting and innovative programme of high quality learning opportunities.  The focus is on rewarding participation, raising aspirations and encouraging engagement with learning.  Children’s University provision is delivered outside of schools hours, at weekends and in the holidays.


The programme is for all children and we see it as an opportunity to promote a love of learning beyond the school day.  We have been working hard to validate clubs like: after school clubs, Guides, Brownies, Scouts and Cubs which already do a fantastic job of extending learning beyond the classroom.  It is our hope that we will be able to validate other resources that children have the unique opportunity to experience over here in Germany, like museums, zoos and galleries.  We will be sending a letter home shortly in which we will be inviting parents to share places they have visited.  We will consider anywhere children and families have found interesting and thought provoking. 

Our launch date for this programme is 1st December and we will be inviting questions from parents.  Each child in Key Stage Two will be given a passport where there will be a record of any outside school learning opportunities that they take part in.  We have been working very hard with various clubs over the past few weeks to get the children off to a flying start by recording the hours they have already achieved since the summer and these have been added to their passports.


Our children will be encouraged to progress through the national certificate scheme, based on their number of hours of attendance throughout their involvement with Children’s University.  Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates are awarded to CU Undergraduate, CU Postgraduate and CU Doctorate levels for from 30–1000 hours in a graduation award ceremony at a special location.


We are hoping to be able to open up other outside school learning opportunities at weekends so that we can help our children gain the most from this experience and we look forward to inviting parental involvement in this.  If you have any queries about this programme please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Elaine Galvin or Mrs Simone Walsh and they will be happy to help.

 Please feel free to visit the Children's University by following the link below: