FAQ: CU graduation information
Ahead of our second Northumberland Children's University Graduation, here is what you need to know about handing in Passports, getting your gowns and more.
Who has received a letter?
Letters have been given to schools to hand out to Passport holders.
Why has my child not received a letter?
This may simply be because we are not aware your child has an active Passport. We have left spare copies in each school reception for this, but please also contact us on 01670 820088 so that we can update our records. Please note this graduation is only for Passport holders in the Northumberland Catholic Partnership of schools.
When do Passports/letters need to be handed in?
Passports need to be handed into school receptions, with the return slip of the letter, by Tuesday 3rd March.
What will happen if my child's Passport isn't handed in?
We will be visiting schools to collect Passports on the morning of Wednesday 4th March. You can also hand your Passport into The Lodge, but this must be done by close of play on Thursday 5th March. If your Passport is not with us by this time, you will not be able to graduate this year.
How many hours do you need to graduate?
You require at least 30 hours in your Passport to graduate.
Do all of the hours count?
Only those hours which are stamped, and obtained at validated destinations, will count towards your total. If you have any issues, stick a note in your child's passport and we will try to sort it out.
When will invitations be sent out?
Invitations to the graduation will be sent out via schools w/c 9th March.
How many people can attend the graduation?
Due to space, we have limited graduates to four guests each.
How will I know what level my child is graduating at?
We will be sending out final totals and award levels with invitiations.
Can I dispute this award?
Due to the number of Passport holders, we are unable to deal with individual disputes before the graduation. Leading Link's decision is considered final.
Is there a cost to the graduation?
The graduation is being covered by funding from The Northern Powergrid and The Robert Wood Trust. We are asking for a £20 returnable deposit to be handed in with Passports and letter returns forms. This can be cash or cheque and will be returned to you after the graduation.
Why is there a deposit?
The deposit is to cover our costs - the caps and gowns are expensive and unfortunately we lost a few after the last graduation.
When will it be returned?
There will be a 'Returns' table set up in the Bamburgh Suite on the night of the graduation. Afterwards, simply fold the cap and gown and return it to us, you will receive a token and can instantly go and collect your deposit before you leave.
When is the graduation?
The graduation will be taking place on Monday 23rd March 2015.
Where is the graduation?
The graduation will be taking place in the Bamburgh Suite at St James Park, Barrack Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
What is the running order for the graduation?
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Arrival at St James Park and seating
5:30pm - 6:00pm - Opening and key note speakers
6:00pm - 7:30pm - Graduation
Is this the only graduation taking place this year?
No. Due to the number of Passport holders, this graduation is specifically for the Northumberland Catholic Partnership of schools There will be another graduation in October for Passport holders in the Bedlington Partnership of schools.
Is there any food/bar?
St James’ Park are providing a food kiosk which will sell some hot food (including chips etc.), crisps and confectionery. This along with a cash bar will be open between 4:30pm and 5:45pm, and again after 7:15pm.
Is there car parking?
Car Parking is free for any guests at the graduation - car parking areas are accessed from Barrack Road.
At the traffic lights, turn into the ground and drive straightforward, an attendants box is on the right. The pay and display is on the left. You will then see a sign for ‘Conference and Banqueting Car Parking’. Follow the arrow down the road, as it curves to the right it will lead you into a multi-story car park. Guests are FREE to park on Level One. Levels Two and above are not owned by Newcastle United so parking there is not permitted.
Should the unlikely event occur of Level One being full, guests will then have to use the pay and display at 60p per hour. You must let Newcastle United know direct before the event if you require disabled car parking.
Will there be photographs?
There will be a professional photographer at the graduation so that you are able to have photographs taken.
If you have any further questions, you can contact the Leading Link team by calling 01670 820088.