SCHOOL pupils are preparing to get kitted out in graduation caps and gowns at the city’s new Children’s University.
The national project, which aims to provide after-school activities for kids aged five to 14, was launched yesterday at the Hepworth Gallery.
And pupils from Lee Brigg Infant School, Altofts, took part in the launch.
Children will have their own ‘Passport to Learning’ and collect stamps when they visit different educational places.
These destinations are set to include after school clubs, community groups, youth clubs, and other local and national venues such as museums, galleries, wildlife parks, and even the Houses of Parliament.
The Lee Brigg Infant School pupils were the first to visit the first learning destination at the Hepworth.
Alison Bardsley, headteacher at the school, said: “We are very pleased and proud to be the first school to sign up to the Children’s University in Wakefield.
“Our children now have the opportunity to take part in a whole variety of fun activities that will aid their learning and raise their aspirations for the future.”
Children will collect hours of learning towards nationally recognised awards, which will include a bronze certificate at the undergraduate level and two Honorary Recognition Awards at national level.
Youngsters will then have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing a traditional cap and gown.
The project has been spearheaded by Wakefield College in conjunction with a number of partners including the Hepworth, Wakefield Wildcats, Theatre Royal Wakefield and the National Coalmining Museum.
Sam Wright, college principal and CEO, and chancellor of the new organisation, said: “The project is an exciting and innovative locally-delivered programme of high quality learning opportunities.
“The focus is rewarding participation, raising aspirations and encouraging engagement with learning.”
Local entrepreneurs, former Wildcats chairman Sir Rodney Walker, Apprentice star Claire Young, and Adeem Younis, founder of matchmaking site SingleMuslim.com, have supported the project and will act as patrons.