Lynemouth signs up to the CU
All the children in Lynemouths William Leech Campus can now have access to an exciting national programme - Children's University™ - thanks to support from Peter Jackson of Northumberland County Council and County Councillor, Liz Dunn and the Lynemouth Parish Council.
The Children’s University™ is an exciting programme which encourages young people aged 5 -14 for to get involved in quality activity outside of the normal school day.
The Passport-based system, which is managed in Northumberland by local charity Leading Link, can include anything from an after school club or a sports or dance class to a visit to a museum.
Membership to Northumberland Children’s University™, which usually costs £5 per child, is being covered for children at the William Leech Campus in Lynemouth by funding from their local parish councils.
Other schools in the area can also now access the programme including Ellington, Linton and Newbiggin.
In addition to this, financial support from West Bedlington Town Council, will fund a year’s membership for the schools in their area - namely Meadowdale Academy, West End First School, St Bede's and Whitley Memorial First School.
St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy are longstanding members of the programme.
Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome all the new schools into Northumberland Children’s University™ and with them, all of the schools in their catchment area.”
“We are also extremely grateful to Northumberland County Council, West Bedlington Town Council, and Lynemouth Parish Council for giving these young children access to an exciting programme.”
Lyn added: “We have been steadily growing the Children’s University™ in Northumberland for the last year now and we are delighted with the fantastic response its impact is having in Northumberland.”
For every hour that young people take part, they are working towards National Children’s University™ Awards - the young people put on their caps and gown and are invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the end of each year with their families, where certificates are awarded to those completed.
Over 450 young people have graduated from the four Northumberland Children’s University™ graduations that have taken place since 2013.
The graduations have even been attended by special guests including popular television personalities Ant and Dec, inspirational Paralympian Craig McCann and BBC News Reporter Colin Briggs who have congratulated and presented the graduates with their certificates.
The first graduation for Passport holders in Lynemouth is set to take place in July 2018.
For more information about Children’s University visit the website.