Plymouth’s young people set to ‘sparkle’

Young Plymouth learners who’ve gone the extra mile were celebrated at a special ceremony as part of the Plymouth’s Children’s University graduation celebration.

Over 300 young people between the ages of five and 14 graduated with the Children’s University (CU) – a national organisation that recognises the efforts of young people who learn outside the classroom. It is run locally by Plymouth City Council, and with over 6,000 members, is one of the most successful CU’s in the country.

Each graduate was awarded with either a bronze, silver or gold level certificate for completing extra hours of learning at different destinations in and around Plymouth. These activities can vary dramatically and range from learning at the National Marine Aquarium, to history trails at Ford Park Cemetery or getting creative at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said:  “Learning opportunities for our young people like the Children’s University, are absolutely essential in helping our children to learn and grow outside of the classroom. Being able to take part in additional learning opportunities really does help to improve and strengthen their aspirations for life. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all their families for supporting them and to all our validated learning destinations that welcome them, on a regular basis, to so many different learning experiences.”

All the winners were presented with their awards from the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr. John Mahony at a special VIP red carpet ceremony at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal.

Details of the Plymouth Children’s University can be found at