Children's University

The Children’s University (CU) complements all of the amazing extra curricular activities

that we do at St Mary's & offers a valuable means of recognising & celebrating the

importance of out of school hours learning.


There are also lots of exciting activities taking place across the city beyond school, such

as karate, dance, cookery & media, where children can earn CU credits with a

‘Passport to Learning’. This is where children are awarded one credit for every hour that

they participate & these hours add up to earn Children’s University Awards. Each child

in school is given a Passports to Learning.

Children’s commitment to learning is celebrated by recording participation in all aspects

of voluntary learning through an awards system. One credit is awarded for each hour of

learning that takes place. These are then converted into awards:

Bronze (30 hours)

Silver (65 hours)

Gold (100 hours)

…and these continue right up to 1000 hours!


There are already many children and young people aged 4 to 19 years old across the city

clocking up CU Credits and earning awards. Since the start of Sheffield CU in 2005, more

than 16,000 children and young people have, between them, gained over half a million

CU Credits!

To find out more about the Children’s University in Sheffield, please click here

To get full details of CU activities, then visit or Tel: 0114 281 3761