YOUNGSTERS from seven Blackburn primary schools have become certified university students after participating in activities as part of Blackburn Children’s University.

More than 160 children from Sacred Heart, St. Silas, Wensley Fold, St Michael with St John, St Aidan’s, The Redeemer and Avondale Primary Schools received national certificates from the University Centre at Blackburn College.


An award ceremony was held at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre to congratulate all the youngsters.

Sara Casey, 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.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our students on the enthusiasm and energy they have shown since starting at the Children’s University™.”

All the children attending have completed at least 30 hours of extra-curricular activity, with some achieving more than 500 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 University Centre at Blackburn College, this cluster of schools are of only a handful of institutions to offer this scheme, which has grown in popularity over the past seven years.

Students who achieved 100 hours of university hours were rewarded with a full graduation ceremony in partnership with University Centre at Blackburn College where they wore caps and gowns.

For further information on courses available at Blackburn College please contact the Student Services Team at The Hub on 01254 292929 or visit their website