Childrens University Thorpedene

Dear Parents and Carers,

What you have to do could not be easier; simply support, encourage and remind your child to fill in their Children’s University Passport.

Please read the following information carefully…

What is Children’s University?

The Children’s University (CU) Trust offers 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

How are we going to do it?

Passports are going to live in class with the children. Every time your child goes to a learning destination, e.g. after school clubs, they are going to take their passport with them to get stamped. They will then need to return it to their class passport box the following morning.

Please note that hundreds of outside clubs/ activities/ places are also learning destinations (if in doubt, ask when you go to places). The children will be allowed to take passports out of school when they need to, but must remember to return them to the passport box when done

What is the aim?

Apart from encouraging our children to take part in a variety of stimulating activities as they grow, there is an added incentive… Graduation!

Towards the end of the school year, there will be a special ceremony in Southend Forum for those children who have achieved bronze level (30 stamps) and above. You will be invited! Your child will be supplied with a cap and gown just like a real university graduation.

What a proud moment for all the family!

How much is all this going to cost me?

Nothing! Our school has paid for a passport for all children in Years 3 – 6. Graduation is also completely free! If your child loses their C.U Passport, they will be able to get a replacement booklet from the school office. (It will not be as special, so please encourage them to look after the passport!)

What will happen once my child has achieved bronze?

They will carry on shining! Passports last until they are 14, so they can take it to their next teacher, their next school and continue working to the next levels. Once gold has been achieved, they can progress to the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme if they wish, or become mentors for young children. Now those things would look good on a teenager’s C.V!

For further information, please click on the logo below.


Many thanks for your support throughout the Children’s University journey,

Thorpedene Children’s University Team


Places to get your passport stamped:

Are you attending club that is not validated Children’s University?
You could be missing out on gaining your hours to graduate!

Validate your club today!
Pick up a Children’s University Validation form from the school office and take it to your club leader to fill in – simple!

PLUS – gain TWO EXTRA HOURS for your passport by just returning your form to the school office!

Please note: Clubs can only be validated once with one form per activity. All activities taking place at Garons are already validated. Unfortunately, Shoebury Youth Centre and any other youth club do not qualify; only Young Carers and Crafty Club count for Children’s University.

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