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Albert Bradbeer Graduation

On Monday 6th July the University of Wolverhampton was proud to host the first Black Country Children’s University (BCCU) graduation ceremony for Albert Bradbeer Primary Academy. 21 pupils from years 3, 4 and 5 graduated with a Bronze Award, which signifies over 30 hours of extra-curricular learning that have been undertaken by the children.

Children’s University at Albert Bradbeer Primary

Albert Bradbeer Primary joined the Children’s University in October 2014.  Since then pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 have been earning hours by undertaking out of school hours learning activities.  The children have enjoyed a range of clubs held in school, as well as taking part in family visits to other learning destinations.

Coordinated by Amy Allen at the University of Wolverhampton, the BCCU is part of the national Children’s University Trust™ which is an international organisation aiming to promote social mobility by providing high-quality, exciting and innovative out of-school-hours learning activities to children and young people aged 7-14 years of age (as well as 5 and 6 year olds with their families).

Amy said “It’s such an amazing experience for the pupils, and for us as University staff, to be involved in graduation ceremonies. Everyone gets to wear their cap and gown and receive the recognition they deserve for the hours they have dedicated to their own learning – it’s just fantastic”.

Jon Elsmore, Dean of Students, and Dr Derek Walton, Associate Dean and Head of University Student Recruitment, presented the awards to the pupils before allowing them the chance to return to the stage to throw their caps in the air – something which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. This ceremony was one of a number of graduations that are taking place this summer across the Black Country and nationally.