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What is Children's University?


Sheffield Children's  University (CU) is part of a national initiative encouraging and celebrating Sheffield children and young people who take part in a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities outside of school hours.

Our school is a subscibed school and we are registered as a Learning Destination of outside of school hours activities.

Children are awarded a credit for every hour of learning at activities such as dance, arts, football, netball and at museums, libraries and even farms!

These credits earn you award certificates and badges right up to 1000 hours, it's lots of fun and they look great on CV's and applications for college or university.




The Children's University Newsletter for February Half Term 2018 - there are lots of free activities to join in during the holidays!

The Clubs we have run in the 2018/19 Autumn term are -


Art Club

Breakfast Club

Craft Club

Cricket Club

Football Club

Gymnastics Club

Handball Club

Junior Leadership Club

Karate Club

Sign Language Club

Young Voices Club



Clubs we ran last year


Junior Leadership Team








Musical Instrument


Change for Life



Foundation Craft





Sign Language



Thank you to all teachers, After School staff, office staff and volunteers who run our fantastic selection of clubs.



How many awards have been achieved by children at St Mary's?


We are very proud that this term a total of 90% of our pupils between  Y1 and Y6 have participated in a club that is run outside of school hours.

 Y1 = 71%, Y2 = 90%, Y3/4 = 97%, Y4/5 = 90% and Y5/6 = 100%.


A total of 67 awards were awarded to children for the Autumn!


56 of our children have now achieved over 100 credits.


One pupil now has 565 credits and has achieved her Silver Post Graduate Award.


We have already submitted our club registers for the next batch of credits to be added, so hopefully before the Easter holidays we will have even more awards and credits to share.

At St Mary's C of E Academy, we have a variety of breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs available for Spring Term.


Breakfast Club

We have a Breakfast Club available every day from 7.30am, where our children eat a healthy breakfast to set them up and prepare them for a busy day at school.

The cost of this club is £3.00 per session.

We also hold Karate Club on Thursday morning,there is a cost for this club as we have a fully trained coach.


Lunchtime Clubs

We currently run Young Voices Practice for KS2 children Tuesday lunch, Junior Leadership Team on Wednesday lunch, and Sign Language Club on Thursdays


After School Clubs

We run a popular After School Club every evening, which we are very proud of - it was recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding! 

The cost of this club is £5.00 per half session up to 4.30pm, or £7.50 for a full session up to 5.45pm.

At the After School Club we hold the Baking Club where the children bake biscuits and buns that are shared with the children at After School Club, and Craft Club.


We also run a variety of clubs at no cost, and these take place between 3.15 and 4.15pm.

















Children can earn extra credits at learning destinations outside of school and record them in a passport to learning

More details of the benefits of Children's University to children, their families and the school

These are the awards our children can achieve