Children's University


The HIVE, a registered charity, delivers Children’s University (CU) in Croydon and also supports schools in Merstham and Crawley.  The HIVE currently supports the work of CU in The New Forest, Hampshire.

Our main aim is to formally recognise, reward and celebrate the commitment that young people (aged 5 -18) make in attending extra-curricular activities. These activities can be before school, at lunch time, after school, at weekends and in school holidays.

We do this by providing limitless learning beyond the classroom - creating exciting opportunities for every child.

We do this so that

  • all children are inspired to learn beyond the classroom
  • we create wider communities of learning
  • we remove barriers to learning for all children

The HIVE currently has over 700 hundred young people participating in CU activities and the membership steadily increases each year. These youngsters are experiencing new and exciting opportunities by taking part in a varied menu of activities, meeting new friends, gaining self-confidence and improving their self-esteem, all whilst working towards special achievement certificates.

The benefits to young people being part of CU are that they:-

  • have the opportunity to be part of a local scheme supported by The HIVE and The Children's University Trust
  • receive formal recognition of their commitment and involvement in extra-curricular activities, with special achievement certificates awarded
  • have increased confidence and self-esteem as they take part in more varied activities
  • have an improvement in their health and well being

Each young person can buy a ‘Passport to Learning’ in which they record the number of learning hours they are collecting towards their graduation.


CU Online Digital Platform


Students with ‘Passports to Learning’ have free access to the CU Online digital platform. They collect stamp codes in their ‘Passport to Learning’ which they can then add online. By adding their codes to Children's University Online they unlock further information, showing them the interests and skills they are developing through participation. All children have their very own dashboard which helps them see how they are progressing towards the next award level they reflect on the skills they are building which helps them select new activities.


Children’s University Awards

Awards are the first step on the ladder to a Children’s University Degree and are celebrated as follows:

  • BRONZE Award presented for 30 hours of participation
  • SILVER Award presented for 65 hours of participation
  • GOLD Award presented for 100 hours of participation

Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates, awards, diplomas and degrees are key milestones which track progress right up to the top award of 1000 hours of learning.

There are a wide range of clubs and organisations outside school, such as performing arts, dance and drama and sports clubs. Any Uniform Groups (guides, scouts, brownies, cubs etc) can count towards the awards as long as the organisation is accredited by The HIVE as a Children's University Learning Provider. These providers can be accessed either in school, locally, nationally and in some cases as online learning.

Older students can choose to become CU Volunteers, who plan and organise CU activities or work with other CU partners.

Graduation Ceremonies

Students and their families are invited to attend a graduation ceremony which is held in partnership with Mansfield College, Oxford University when they have acquired sufficient numbers of hours. These ceremonies are inspiring celebrations which bring together children, families, school-staff and key members of the community. Significant guests are invited to speak to the students and a local dignitary is invited to present the awards.

For answers to any questions or any further information please contact The HIVE


December 2018: Students receiving their Gold Children's University Fellowship for achieving 1000 hours of learning.






Award presented by Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas Lawlor



The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Patricia Hay-Justice and

Chancellor Lucinda Rumsey, Oxford University, with a proud student




The Mayor, of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley with a successful graduate


The Mayor, of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley with a successful graduate




First Graduation at The Barbican Centre London

with the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Graham Bass and

Ger Grauss, CEO Children’s University Trust.

Reg Charity No: 1149329

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