Burnley's own mini graduates presented with their caps and gowns

Year five pupils Archie Kay and Olivia Longley with their university scrolls.
Year five pupils Archie Kay and Olivia Longley with their university scrolls.
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A group of children from Burnley have graduated from university...before they have even left primary school!

For 41 pupils from St Augustine's RC Primary School have graduated from the Children's University which encourages children between the ages of four and 14 to try out new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills.

The young students have participated in hours of extra-curricular learning including events at Towneley Hall in Burnley, they have visited Halfords to find out how to fix a bike, enjoyed a trip to Pets at Home to learn about looking after animals as well as taking part in dance, drama, football, swimming, gymnastics and visits around the country to museums.

Headteacher Sinead Colbeck said: "The children receive a stamp for every hour of learning they participate in out of school hours.

"They collect stamps in their passports and also complete holiday challenges.

"It improves pupils out of school learning and replaces traditional homework."