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Children's University for Curridge Primary School after Ministry of Defence funding

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Pupils will be able to access a range of extra-curricular activities thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Curridge Primary School has received almost £5,000 from the MOD's Education Support Fund.

The funding will be used for an "exciting" project for all children at the school, but with a particular focus on children from military families.

Children enjoying outdoor learning at Curridge Primary School
Children enjoying outdoor learning at Curridge Primary School

It will pay for a three year membership to the Children’s University, a charity that "works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school".

Jackie Livermore, headteacher at the primary school, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be starting our Children’s University.

“Evidence shows that recognising the learning that happens outside the classroom has a beneficial impact on children's wellbeing, boosts their aspirations as well as raising academic attainment.”

Dominic Boeck (Con, Aldermaston), West Berkshire’s executive member for education, children and young people, added: “This is a wonderful project that brings a multitude of benefits.

“Not only will the children broaden their essential skills, they will enjoy new experiences in new places and see that learning is fun and lifelong.”

Accredited clubs and activities will be offered through the Children's University, with the children building a record of achievement of their activities and working towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Ultimately they will work towards graduating from the Children's University.

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