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    The Academy closes for the end of term 4 on Friday 5th April and will re-open to students on Wednesday 24th April. We would like to wish you all a safe and restful break. 

Children's University

The Children’s University is an international, critically-acclaimed, charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative learning activities outside of the school day with the aim of achieving the following,

- raise aspiration, self-esteem & confidence

- encourage curiosity and a love of learning

- enhance motivation and build resilience

- introduce new life experiences

- offer progression in learning and personal skills development


Thomas Deacon Academy is a registered Children's University learning destination and we have been delivering learning activities to our students for several years. Saturday schools are offered once a term resulting in six learning opportunities each academic year. We are currently have 90 children registered as learners and each year we host a welcome assembly in the junior Academy to introduce Children's University to our Y3 children  meaning that these numbers will increase further.

Once registered with CU children recieve a passport to learning and each time they attend a learning activity they can accumulate their learning hours to work towards the various CU Award levels, starting with the Bronze Award for 30 hours of CU Learning Activities up to a Gold Fellowship Award for 1,000 hours. Passports cost £6 per child and membership is for Y3-Y9. The 30 hours Bronze Award can be awarded for one or more activities but after that you should have at least 5 hours of learning something new for the Silver level and then 10 hours of something new for your Gold and all other Awards over 100 hours. Take a look at the Children's University gallery to see what we have delivered over the last year.

Parents can drop in, meet Dr Faulkner and find out more about our Children’s University on Friday 26th May at 3pm in the main academy. For more details call 01733 426060 or email:

If you would like more information about Children's University there is a leaflet at the bottom of this page for you to download.