Telephone: 01454 867474   Answerphone: 01454 867475


Address: Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7GA

Headteacher: Mr Karl Hemmings

Children’s University

What is the Children’s University™?

The Children’s University is an international charity that provides 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.

We celebrate achievement and reward participation through the award of Children’s University certificates. Raising children’s aspiration is important to us and we aim to develop the understanding that learning can be the ‘satellite navigation system to better places in life’.

Any child, aged 5 to 14 years can join us and, when issued with a CU Passport to Learning, is able to take part in CU validated Learning Activities and experiences.

Celebrating achievement is important to us. Each hour of CU validated learning they complete brings the child closer to a Children’s University graduation certificate, presented at a locally organised CU graduation ceremony.

What is a CU Learning Destination and what activities count?

CU Learning Destinations are places and organisations that provide high quality CU Learning Activities. CU Learning Activities are activities that have been quality approved by the Children’s University. We validate any activity that will enable children or young people to develop skills or knowledge, as long as it relates to a subject that can be studied further in Higher Education.

Where can a child use the Passport to Learning?

CU Passports to Learning enable children to travel to a range of CU Learning Destinations, both locally and (inter)nationally, collecting stamps as they go – after all, travel is what a passport is for!

What are the benefits to my child?

Through participation in fun, high quality learning experiences, we aim to grow inquisitive, confident, independent children and learners. It’s about enjoyment, and a sense of achievement for all. Membership to the Children’s University provides each child with access to a great range of quality assured learning provision, including:

  • Activities at school based Learning Destinations (also known as Restricted Learning Destinations)
  • Children’s University Lectures, Seminars and Workshops, including those offered by the BBC and Sky
  • Activities at tourist attractions such as museums
  • Formal sports coaching activities
  • Clubs and societies which might include music and drama
  • Scouting and Guiding Groups

More information about Public Learning Destinations that provide memorable, fun and good quality learning can be found at Please also contact your local CU for their up to date provision.

What is the E-Passport?

The E-Passport is an online version of the Passport to Learning. The E-Passport does not replace the Passport to Learning, but provides children with the facility to record details of the CU Learning Activities they have taken part in and allows them to share information and pictures with other children in their school.

Is there a CU Membership cost?

Yes – the cost of CU Membership for each child is £5 for which each child receives:

  • A CU Passport To Learning.
  • Access to the E-Passport
  • Access to CU Learning Activities provided by CU quality assured Learning Destinations.
  • Participation in a Children’s University graduation ceremony where they will receive a Children’s University certificate, dressed traditionally in a graduation cap and gown, with an invitation to parents/carers to attend.

Membership is renewed each time a new Passport to Learning is required (on average we find this is once every 18 months).

We recognise that for children from the lowest income families this amount could be prohibitive. In these circumstances please speak to the school your child attends.

Where can I find out more?

The West of England Children’s University is funded and delivered by UWE Bristol. Visit our website for full details and information about your local CU and to register your interest in membership for you child/children.

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