Activity for after-school

Ant and Dec were the special guests at the inaugural Northumberland Children's University graduation.
Ant and Dec were the special guests at the inaugural Northumberland Children's University graduation.

Young people from every school in Bedlington will soon have access to a national programme that encourages after-school activities.

The Children’s University is a programme where youngsters aged five to 14 are urged to get involved in quality activity outside the normal school day.

We are extremely excited to welcome Bedlingtonshire Community High School into Northumberland Children’s University and with them, all of the schools in their catchment area

Lyn Horton, Leading Link manager

Bedlingtonshire Community High School has recently signed up with the charity for 2015-16, which allows each of its feeder schools to get involved as well.

Membership to Northumberland Children’s University, which usually costs £5 per child, is being covered by funding from each of the schools’ local town councils.

For more information on the national programme, visit www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, which manages the Passport-based system, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Bedlingtonshire Community High School into Northumberland Children’s University and with them all of the schools in their catchment area.

“We are also extremely grateful to West Bedlington Town Council, East Bedlington Parish Council and Choppington Parish Council for giving financial support to allow nearly every child in Bedlington access to this exciting programme.

“We have even been working with The Salvation Army in Bedlington, who are now able to issue passports to those that cannot sign up through their school – this really is a coup for the town.”