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Celebrating and rewarding achievements in learning

We are proud to be a Validated Learning Destination for Essex Children's University. By taking part in Children's University, we can celebrate and reward achievements in learning.

Essex Children's University is one of a growing number of children's universities around the country, each working to provide children aged 7-14 years (and 5-6 year olds with their families) with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside of the normal school day.

Issued with a Passport to Learning, children can travel around Essex, Suffolk and the UK with their Passport to Learning, collecting stamps in recognition of their learning as they go, after all travel is what a Passport is for!

If you are interested in getting involved with Essex Children’s University, please email

Graduation March 2020

On Saturday 14 March 2020, we welcomed lots of eager families onto our Colchester campus. Children who take part in Essex Children's University were attending their graduation to celebrate their achievements on the programme. 

We started the day with an Essex Book Festival workshop led by volunteer Juliet Greenwood and children's author and artist, Wendy Constance. We wrote positive messages, drew and decorated bunting to promote climate change as part of the Manifesto for Essex. This was then displayed at First Site in Colchester. 

At the graduation ceremony, children proudly received their certificates from author Genevieve Yusuf. Born in Colchester, Gen shared her story about how she became an author and shared one of her books that uses Spanish words to encourage learning an additional language whilst having fun. 

A big well done to Essex Children's University manager Debbie Bennett for a brilliant day! 

If any of your staff or students would like to access our Faith Centre while on campus, please let the event organiser know.

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Katie Caplehorn Hare