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About Solihull Children's University


The Children’s University promotes social mobility by promoting high quality extra-curricular activities to children and young people aged 7-16 years. At the heart of its work is the ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning so that all young people can make the most of their abilities and interest.


When children enrol at Solihull Children’s University™ they are issued with learning passports which are then stamped every time they complete an activity at a validated Learning Destination.  When at least 30 stamps are collected pupils are awarded a certificate and graduate from Solihull Children’s University™; as more stamps are collected pupils will progress through the University structure, receiving awards, diplomas or a degree.  Pupils receiving a Gold certificate, award, diploma or degree will attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Birmingham. 


We work in partnership with the University of Birmingham's outreach team to provide the gold graduation ceremonies and in June 2019, over 1,000 children and young people graduated. 


We are highly honoured to have Carl Chinn, English historian, writer and broadcaster, as Chancellor of Solihull Children’s University™.


A number of primary and secondary schools participate in Solihull Children’s University™ and pupils can take their passports with them when the move school.


For Pupils

You can also earn stamps whilst staying home and staying safe.  Please visit the National Children's University webpage for activities.


You will soon be able to record your stamps on an online passport - a link and sign up details will be provided by your school in September. 


For Parents

Learning happens both inside and outside of school, your child can collect credits for taking part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities in school, at home, or outside school at evenings, weekends and during holidays.  Your child's school will provide details of how the Children's University is managed locally and how you can become involved.  A list of accredited activities will be posted on the website in the coming months, alternatively you can search the national  database.


For Learning Providers

If you would like your activity or club to become an accredited activity please email with details of your organisation and contact information. 


Interested in joining Solihull CU? 

There are so many reasons to get your school involved in Solihull Children’s University™. The Education Endowment Foundation has Children’s University™ listed as a promising project; our focus on activities beyond the classroom is a great fit for Ofsted’s new focus on character development.  Please get in touch for details of what becoming a member school involves and the benefits it can bring to your pupils.