Hull Children’s University launches into the East Riding of Yorkshire

Building upon the success of 21 years of Hull Children’s University we are delighted to have finally brought Children’s University to the East Riding of Yorkshire thanks to grant funding from British Foreign Schools Society (until August 2017).

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of Hull Children’s University said, “I feel incredibly proud to be leading on the expansion of Hull Children’s University in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It’s so important to inspire and raise the aspirations of our children at a young age and show them the incredible array of career opportunities available, linking the work they do in school is an essential part of achieving their future goals.”

The following eight East Riding Schools are part of the expansion of Hull Children’s University:.

  •  Bay Primary School, Bridlington
  •  Burlington Junior School, Bridlington
  •  Easington CE Primary Academy
  •  Hildethorpe Primary School, Bridlington
  •  Hornsea Burton Primary School
  •  New Pasture Lane Primary School, Bridlington
  •  Quay Academy, Bridlington
  •  Withernsea Primary School

We are also proud to work alongside the staff and Pupils at Harland House at Bridlington School who are part of our passport initiative.

The initial aim of our expansion work, was for each of the schools to take part in three of our learning experiences of their choice to bring areas of the National Curriculum to life. By using our concepts, ‘I’m Intelligent’, ‘I’m ambitious’, ‘I’m fit’, ‘I’m Healthy’, ‘I’m proud of my city’ and ‘I’m thinking of my future’, we are aiming to broaden their horizons and open their eyes to new experiences. Schools have requested 39 experiences, a 62.5% increase of the initial target!

Lisa said, “I have received a warm welcome when visiting schools, and they are genuinely excited about the range of learning experiences we have on offer. It has been our aim to add a new dimension to current learning in the classroom bringing these experiences to life.  For example, I have recently returned from taking Burlington Junior down to London for a ‘Kip on a Ship’ aboard HMS Belfast.  For some pupils, this was their first time on a train down to the capital City.  It was incredible to see the look on their faces as we came off the Tube walked towards the Tower of London for our visit and workshop, across the River the children looked on in awe as they saw for the first-time HMS Belfast where they would be sleeping.  Some of the children kept saying this is the best day of my life”

With the grant funding the programme until August, it is important that we raise funds to allow the expansion to continue. If you would like to be part of this exciting next chapter of our work please contact Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of Hull Children’s University lisa.whitton@hull.ac.uk or 07759 300495.

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