The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

We enter to learn, we leave to achieve!

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Children's University

The Phoenix Primary School are passionate about encouraging children to explore new learning opportunities and want to celebrate ALL children’s learning experiences. The Children’s University is an initiative created to encourage participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. 


The Essex Children’s University want to achieve the following outcomes for every child that takes part: 

  • They feel they have grown in confidence and self-belief.
  • They have enjoyed new experiences, in new places and want to keep exploring.
  • They believe they have a broader range of essential skills.
  • They feel empowered to make positive choices about their future.
  • They see that learning is fun, aspirational and lifelong.
  • They feel their eyes have been opened to a multiplicity of learning activities and opportunities.
  • They feel celebrated for their commitment to learning by their family, school and community.


Every child that is a member of the Children’s University is issued with their own ‘Passport to Learning’. This is used to record their participation in extra-curricular activities. Members are also given an online portal login to record and collect their stamps online. The children will be working towards National Certificates which “recognise, reward and celebrate their achievements”. Passports will be collected every half term for participation hours to be counted and the certificates are presented here at Phoenix during a Children’s University Graduation Ceremony after a full school year.  

If you are interested in joining the Children’s University or have any questions please do not hesitate to ask Miss Larking or Mr Coulson.


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Celebration Wall! 

A huge well done to U.D for achieving CU Star of the Week! She has participated and competed in over 150 hours worth of extra-curricular activities outside of school, since starting Children's University, including Karate, Dance and Gymnastics. Keep up the good work!

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