Primary children take part in university challenge

Ryhill junior school pupils launch the Children's University project, which see's them receiving a 'passport' as part of the scheme.'L to R) Lewis Connolly, Isabelle Mullarkey and Ella Higgins.'h316b239
Ryhill junior school pupils launch the Children's University project, which see's them receiving a 'passport' as part of the scheme.'L to R) Lewis Connolly, Isabelle Mullarkey and Ella Higgins.'h316b239

CHILDREN as young as seven could soon be graduating from university as part of a new project.

Pupils from Ryhill Junior, Infant and Nursery School signed up to the Children’s University last week.

The project will see them take part in extra curricular activities across the area and every hour will be logged in a special passport.

They clock up the hours by taking part in sport, art and craft activities and after 400 hours the children are awarded a gold undergraduate degree.

But it does not stop there, children can go onto postgraduate, doctorate and even honorary recognition if they complete 1,000 hours of activities.

Annette Burton, deputy headteacher, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the children to get out there and it encourages learning outside of school.

“It sets the foundations for independent learning and further education at an early age.”

Organisations involved include Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Theatre Royal Wakefield and Xscape, in Castleford.

Mrs Burton added: “The children get a stamp in their passport by doing the activities outside of school hours.”