Children’s University

Who we are and what we do

Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extracurricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of these activities is proven to be positive which is why we’re committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.

Peterborough CU aims to:

  • encourage children and young people to try new activities
  • add value to the wide range of out of school activities taking place in Peterborough
  • raise aspirations of children, young people and their parents/carers
  • have a positive impact on attitude and behaviour
  • support children and young people’s health and well-being

The need

Research shows that participation in extracurricular activities can positively impact on attainment, increase a pupil’s positive identification with school, and build self-confidence and resilience. Research also shows that children that do not have access to these opportunities fall behind, lack confidence, and fail to develop career aspirations. The resulting attainment gap is so significant that 25% of children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds achieve below expected attainment levels.

We believe every child has the potential to benefit from the joy of learning and self-confidence our scheme is able to instil. Right now, the Children’s University network works with over 1,000 schools and over 100,000 children from age five and above.

What difference do we make?

Children who participate in Children’s University have the opportunity to learn in a rich range of contexts, experience new places, visit universities and attend their own graduation ceremonies; embedding the language of higher education and lifelong learning in their experience. This adventure introduces children to the joy of learning, brings a sense of wonder in the world around them and develops their confidence and aspirations for the brightest futures.

Children’s University in Peterborough

Here in Peterborough Children’s University has been running from Peterborough Learning Partnership since  September 2012 . We currently work with 14 schools and have relationships established with 86 different public learning destinations.

Joining the Peterborough CU

School affiliation, taking effect from 1st April 2018 is as follows:

£250 per PLP school member per year (1.4.18 – 31.3.19)

£500 per non-PLP school member per year (1.4.18 – 31.3.19)

These charges will apply to both primary and secondary schools.

If your school or organisation would like to find out more about becoming involved with the Peterborough Children’s University, please contact the CU Manager  – Gill Hall –  01733 864784 or via email