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University Success for Blackburn Primary School Children

University Success for Blackburn Primary School Children

Youngsters from six Blackburn Primary Schools have become certified University Students, after participating in activities as part of Blackburn Children's University at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

Almost 190 children from Sacred Heart, St. Silas, Wensley Fold, St Michael with St John, St Aidan’s and The Redeemer Primary Schools received national Gold and Silver certificates at the award ceremony held at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre at Blackburn College on Saturday 13th July 2019.  Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College, Dr Fazal Dad and Blackburn with Darwen Council Mayor, Counsellor Jim Shorrock were in attendance and presented the awards to the students.

Over the course of 2018/19, over 210 children have achieved silver and gold certification. A further 96 children will receive their bronze awards in school assemblies.

All the children attending the Graduation have completed at least 65 hours of extra-curricular activity, with some achieving over 700 hours.

The certification scheme provides pupils with innovative learning activities and allows students to experience university life from a young age.

By working in partnership with Blackburn Children’s University™ and the University Centre at Blackburn College, this cluster of schools in Blackburn are part of only a handful of institutions to offer this scheme which has grown in popularity over the past nine years.

Students who achieve one of the 100 hour awards are rewarded with a full graduation ceremony in partnership with the University Centre at Blackburn College where they wear caps and gowns!

Sara Burton, the Blackburn Children’s University Manager said: “I am thrilled that Blackburn Children’s University is providing the children with the motivation to look forward and see the great opportunities that University life can offer them. It is giving them new experiences through so many different activities which they can use later on in life.”

“I’d like to congratulate all of our students on the enthusiasm and energy they have shown not only through this year, but also since Blackburn Children’s University™ started in 2010.”

Places on Blackburn College courses are still available for September 2019 entry. Visit to make an application.

19 Jul 2019, 15:11 PM