Our school is proud to be the 'lead' school for the Children's University in Derby. Children's University is a national scheme which rewards children for attending clubs and activities which take place outside of normal school hours. We offer a very wide range of clubs which are very popular with our children – this year we have offered:-
- tag rugby
- Mandarin Chinese
- cake decorating
- recycling art & craft
- smile zone (for targeted vulnerable pupils)
- buddy readers (with Shelton Junior School)
- musical stories
- creative writing
- biscuit decorating
- "Mathster Chef"
Additionally, ‘Derby County Football Club in the Community’ and 'Premier Sports' have delivered after-school clubs for football, multi-sports, tennis, fencing, basketball, archery, Paralympic sports, Olympic sports and dodgeball.
Tim Cremin, our Forest School practitioner, also runs an after-school Forest Schools club in our specially designed area.
Most of our clubs run for 10 weeks each term – this enables maximum numbers of children to attend. The vast majority of clubs are delivered by our teachers and teaching assistants in their own time and are therefore free of charge.
All of our clubs are affiliated to the Children’s University which means that the children receive ‘credits’ each time they attend a club. Every child also has a Children’s University ‘Passport to Learning’ in which their attendance of all out of hours learning is recorded.
Our Clubs Co-ordinator, Mrs. Houldsworth, is also an accredited assessor for the Children’s University which means that she can validate clubs which our children attend out of school. Children then receive credits for attending these clubs.
Our children also earn Children's University credits if they attend our after-school lending library and our recycling centre which takes place before school playground every Monday morning. Children also earn credits for undertaking projects or research at home.
Once children have accumulated sufficient credits they attend our annual prestigious ‘Graduation Evening’ where children are presented with certificates to acknowledge their achievements in the presence of their families. The highlight of the evening for the children and their families is the wearing of mini caps and gowns!!