Hive News

February 19th 2020 

Croydon Children’s University made a return visit to Mansfield College today with 24 very excited Key Stage 2 students from Croydon schools.

We were supported by Sara Harb, Access Manager throughout the day.

They met Oxford Student Ambassadors and took part in a QA session. Our children asked some very challenging questions.  The opening question was from Josiah:  “Given you are at one of the best universities in the world, what will you do when you leave and how will you change the world?” 

The ambassadors then took them on a tour of the campus followed by lunch in the academics’ dining room. They spent the afternoon with Sara and our Croydon CU Chancellor, Lucinda Rumsey  MBE, pondering whether a robot could be a person as part of Oxford University’s ‘Oxplore Project’.

Sara said they were very impressed by the discussion.  I think we have the beginnings of Croydon Children’s University’s first Debating Club.

Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draw on the latest research undertaken at Oxford. Oxplore aims to realise aspirations, promote broader thinking and stimulate intellectual curiosity.


January 2020

Croydon Children’s University ran a training session for Year 5 and 6 pupils at Minster Junior School and we appointed our first CU Digital Ambassadors.  They will be available to support other students in using the new CU Digital Platform.

Congratulations to you all.

Autumn 2019

November 2019

A second Graduation for Milton Mount Primary School in Crawley

We were delighted to run a second graduation ceremony for the pupils in Crawley.  Ian Rogers, Area Education Adviser, West Sussex County Council presented 102 certificates to the children who had, between them, earned 4,923 hours of learning outside the classroom since August 2018.


Launch of CU Online

We have begun to introduce our new digital platform - ‘Children's University Online’. This is a fun, safe and secure online space for participants to record what they are doing. Children can use this alongside their ‘Passport to Learning’, collecting stamps in their passports that can then be posted online where they unlock additional information about their activities. We are visiting schools to begin the process of rolling out usernames and passwords for staff and children and are running family training sessions too.

So far we have allocated 704 login details to our students.  260 learning activity forms have been completed by our Children’s University Learning Providers locally and many more have expressed an interest in becoming involved.

If you are an organisation that offers exciting, good quality learning experiences why not compete an expression of interest form:

You can find the online form here:

select that your work is for local children and type Croydon for the named CU and complete the form.

June 2019

Dan Snow congratulates one of our students

Dan Snow sent a message to Children’s University Graduates during The New Forest Children's University Graduation held at The University of Winchester, run by The HIVE.

Dan Snow has agreed to be the Patron of The New Forest Children's University and congratulates one student on achieving 1000 hours of learning!

The HIVE receives an Award from Croydon Commitment

The HIVE were proud winners of the Croydon Commitment Awards on 17th June.

We have received a grant to deliver our ‘Service to Others’ project in schools. This programme will help young people to be role models to support their local community and understand what it means to be a citizen of the future.



Children Experience Oxford University Learning

We were delighted to invite pupils from three of our schools to experience two brilliant workshops delivered by our Chancellor, Lucinda Rumsey MBE from Mansfield College, University of Oxford.

It was an inspiring day for the children and they are looking forward to making a return visit to meet Lucinda in Oxford



May 2019

Creative Arts Workshops

During the May half-term we ran our final two days of our ‘Creative Arts Project’, funded by Croydon Community Grants and our local Waddon Ward Councillors. These were run in partnership with our partner ‘The Other Foundation’. Children attended a total of twelve workshops which began in October 2018. The final workshop was a family workshop which gave children the opportunity to show their parents and carers the different types of genres they had learnt, and for them to work on a piece of art together.


Sessions included collective creation with Euan Roberts ,  a poetry and spoken word master class with Christian Foley, a  print making masterclass by Rhys Brown  and life drawing with Alice Clayton.

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