Youngsters’ graduation success

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YOUNGSTERS in Scarborough donned their cap and gowns to enjoy a graduation ceremony with a difference.

The pupils from Northstead Primary School were the stars of the show during a special event from the Children’s University.

Based at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, the course saw children between seven and 14-years-old take part in various lessons which complemented the national curriculum.

A key strand of the work looked at science-based investigations and the concept of sound, with pupils tasked with setting up companies to design ear muffs before going on to sell them to a panel of judges.

The youngsters received their certificates from the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor John Leach and Scarborough deputy mayor cllr Helen Mallory, with Dave Overton, a lecturer and co-ordinator of the Children’s University, hailing the scheme a great success.

He said: “This has been a great scheme and we really enjoyed seeing the first children graduate from it.

“I first saw the impact of the Children’s University when I worked as a teacher in Hull and it is a really positive initiative and can make a real difference.

“The children benefit greatly from the scheme, but our students also find it really eye-opening. The experience of mentoring the young people is mutually beneficial and helps to strengthen the partnership between the University and the local community.” Picture submitted