Learning Destinations

This is where it all happens!

What is a Learning Destination?

Learning Destinations are places and organisations to which children can 'travel' with their Passport To Learning. They provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a 'wow' factor and have passed the Children's University's own quality assurance process (Planning for Learning). A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm or from an airport to a University as long as the learning activity connects with Children's University learning which is linked to an actual University course provision as exemplified on www.ucas.ac.uk/students/coursesearch/.

Registered schools are also known as Learning Destinations. Existing and new activities on offer in schools which take place either before school, during lunchtimes, after school, weekends or holidays can be part of Children's University.

 

Learning Destinations display the CU's Learning Destination logo prominently in and outside their environment, clearly visible to children who may want to use their Passport To Learning there. 

Learning Destinations 'stamp' the child's Passport To Learning in correspondence with the time a child has been engaged in the validated learning activities within the Learning Destination. This thereby contributes to the child's record of achievements and CU certification.

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We would like to become an official Learning Destination

If your organisation can offer a potential learning opportunity for the Children's University, please contact your  local Children's University Manager in the first instance.

 

Click here for an information leaflet on becoming a Learning Destination > 

 

The Children's University validation process assures the quality of the learning. Matters of Health and Safety, Public Liability and Safeguarding remain the responsibility of the learning provider. All Learning Destinations are expected to operate to their statutory requirements in these areas. Given this, it is for parents themselves to decide whether the quality of provision, including Safeguarding of children, is sufficient and adequate safeguards are in place. This is similar to what all parents need to do when taking children to any public event or club.

 

Current Worcestershire Learning Destinations

Abbey Stadium

Contact Email: abbeystadium@redditchbc.gov.uk

Website: www.redditchbc.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-fitness/abbey-stadium-sports-centre.aspx

Address: Birmingham Road, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 6EJ

For your Sporting needs the Abbey Stadium Sports Centre caters to a wide range of activities.

 

All Starz Gymnastics

Contact Email: simon@allstarzgymnastics.co.uk 

Website: www.allstarzgymnastics.co.uk

Address: Please see website for venue information

Evesham and Pershore All Starz Gymnastics Club is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the sport of gymnastics. All Starz Gymnastics has an Evesham Gymnastics club and a Pershore Gymnastics Club; both All Starz Gymnastics Clubs are great for boys and girls.

 

Aztec Adventure/ Aztec Water Sports

Contact Email - uptonwarren@aztecadventure.co.uk

Website: www.aztecadventure.co.uk

Address: Aztec Upton Warren Worcester Road Bromsgrove

Enjoy activities such as Bell boating, canoeing, windsurfing and so much more!

 

Bromsgrove Gymnastics Club

Contact Email: bromsgrovegc@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.bromsgrovegymnasticsclub.co.uk

Address: Please see website for venue information

Bromsgrove Gymnastics club is run by the members of the Gymnastics Club. Bromsgrove Gymnastics Club has been given the British Gymnastics accreditation GymMark identifying that the club is Safe, Effective and Child Friendly.

 

Cobras Tae Kwon Do

Contact Email: mggriffiths@btinternet.com

Website: www.cobrastaekwondo.com/

Address: Gibside, Walcot Lane, Drakes Broughton, Pershore, Worcestershire

Cobras Tae Kwon-Do is a Worcester and Redditch-based family-orientated club that caters for all ages and skill levels. Established since 2003, Cobras Tae Kwon-Do continues to go from strength to strength and has an ever-growing number of members, including over 50 regularly training Black Belts. Cobras Tae Kwon-Do is affiliated to the Independent Tae Kwon-Do Schools (I.T.S.) and is run by Chief Instructor Leo Withers who has over 18 years martial arts experience. The club also has a mixture of male and female instructors, and offers separate adult and children classes, as well as family sessions. All instructors are certified and CRB checked.

 

Defence Lab Kidderminster

Contact Email: j.boyle@defencelab.com

Website:www.kfmworcestershire.co.uk

Address: Unit D3 Hoo Farm Industrial Estate Worcester Road, Kidderminster DY11 7RA

The DL Kids Program is a practical self-defence and fitness program for children, taught alongside ethical, moral and character education and motor skill development. It is designed to teach children self-defence and character building; without generating any violence.

 

Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre

Contact Email: timk@wychavonleisure.co.uk

Website: www.wychavonleisure.co.uk/our-centres/droitwich-spa

Address: Briar Mill, Droitwich WR9 0RZ

Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre also offers a variety of group exercise classes so you’re bound to find one that suits you and have a great time whilst building your fitness and improving your self-confidence.

 

Everybody Dance

Contact Email: rfeverybodydance@gmail.co.uk

Website: www.everybodydance.org.uk

Address: Longlands Barn, Whitbourne Hall Park, Whitbourne, WR6 5SG

Everybody Dance aims to inspire, explore and create great dance experiences with disabled and non-disabled people of all ages in unexpected spaces.

 

Football Fun Camps

Contact Email: footballfuncamps@gmail.com

Website: www. footballfuncamps.weebly.com

Address: Hollymount Primary School, Worcester WR4 9SG

Football Fun Camps provide high quality specialists for children aged 4 - 12 during term time. We pride ourselves in running high quality, fun and structured Football and Multi Sports Sessions covering the invaluable PPA time.

 

Forestry Commission – Wyre Forest

Contact Email: kate.hinchley@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Website: www.forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Address: Wyre Forest Callow Hill Bewdley Worcestershire

Wyre Forest is one of the Forestry Commission's Centre’s where children and families can take part in activities to understand how the forest is managed to support timber, people and wildlife.

 

Hartlebury Castle

Contact Email:spope@worcestershire.gov.uk

Website: www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums%20worcestershire/hartlebury.aspx

Address: Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Nr Kidderminster Worcestershire DY11 7XZ

Visit Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle and discover over 1000 years of history! From costume to caravans, travel to toys there really is something for everyone at Worcestershire County Museum. Learn more about this fascinating county, explore the past through room sets and real historical objects and discover just what life was like for our ancestors. A nature reserve, fabulous cafe and well stocked gift shop all add up to a great day out.

 

Honeybourne Pottery

Contact Email:info@honeybournepots.co.uk

Website: www.honeybournepots.co.uk/index.html

Address: 7 High Street, Honeybourne

The Pottery Studio was established in 2001 within the attractive village of Honeybourne, located on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is a family business, now in its second generation run by Annabel and Alan Cusack. We offer a wide range of exciting hands-on pottery activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Our aim is to provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where you can come and enjoy working with clay, either on the potters' wheel, hand-modelling or ceramic painting.

 

Kickstart Sports

Contact Email:kickstartsports@outlook.com

Website: www.facebook.com/worcestersundaystars/

Address: Riverside Building Hylton Road Worcestershire

Kickstart Sports is a free sports and activities club for children aged 5-11 held at the University of Worcester Riverside building on Sundays - 11-12:30.

 

Kids Run Free – Worcester & Pershore

Contact Email:carmen@kidsrunfree.co.uk

Website: www.kidsrunfree.co.uk

Kids Run Free is a charity that organises fun, running based activities for children in their local parks and schools.

 

Kip McGrath - Bromsgrove

Contact Email:bromsgrove@kip-mcgrath.com

Website: www. kipmcgrath.co.uk/         

Address: 50 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 7AE

Kip McGrath is a global franchise helping children improve their English, reading, writing, comprehension and maths skills. Our Philosophy: We know that unresolved gaps in foundational learning can have lifelong impacts on your child. We believe in building confidence, self-esteem and providing results for your child. We believe that all children can succeed if given the right support. We think learning can be fun!

 

Lower Wick Swimming Pool

Contact Email:lwsp@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.lwsp.co.uk         

Address: Weir Lane,Lower Wick, St John’s, Worcester WR2 4AY

We provide swimming sessions for 22 local schools throughout the week. We run regular weekly swimming lessons, 121’s, Rookie Lifeguard courses and Crash Courses.

 

Oaklands Outdoor Activity Centre

Contact Email:mark@marksmanleisure.co.uk

Website: www.shooting4fun.co.uk

Address: Oaklands Outdoor Pursuit Centre, Ditchford Bank Road, Hanbury, Worcestershire

Enquiries & Bookings All of our shooting entertainment activities and outdoor pursuits are available on a pre-booked basis, group sizes from 10 to 24 are ideal all enquiries please, to Mark on 01527-575141 or Email mark@marksmanleisure.co.uk for further details, pictures and movie clips www.marksmanleisure.co.uk or www.shooting4fun.

 

Paul Devlin Football Coaching

Contact Email:devo72@talktalk.net

Website: www.pauldevlinfootballcoaching.co.uk

Address: Please see website for venue information

Paul Devlin Football Coaching run weekly football coaching sessions and holiday fun weeks for boys and girls of all abilities in a fun, safe environment for ages 4 to 14 years old.

 

Redditch Borough Council – Walking trail

Contact Email:james.cooper@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Website: www.redditchbc.gov.uk

Address: Town Hall Walter Sranz Square, Redditch Worcestershire

 

Science From the Start

Contact Email:sciencefromthestart@gmail.comt

Address: Please email for further details

Promoting and providing science-based learning through play and hands-on activities whilst engaging parents and carers. All activities use low cost and readily available materials for easy recreation at home.

 

Science Hunters

Contact Email:l.hobbs@lancaster.ac.uk

Address: Please email for further details

Using Minecraft to engage children with science. Science Hunters is delivered at various locations. Science Hunters is also delivered in both primary and secondary schools. Please contact Laura Hobbs for details.

 

Studley & Redditch Tigers – Tae Kwon Do

Contact Email: redditchtigers@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.redditchtigers.co.uk

Address: 8 Foredrift Close, Redditch, Worcestershire

We are a Taekwon-do Martial Art Club which started on September 22nd 2007. Our main aim is to give the children that extra confidence they need to cope in today's busy times. We have had great feedback from parents who say how much the confidence of their children has improved which helps them to cope with school life and the pressure that it can bring. Our aim is to make students aware of some of life's problems and how to try and cope with these on a day to day basis.

 

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Contact Email:enquiries@sudeley.org.uk

Website: www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/

Address: Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

The Commandery

Contact Email:spope@worcestershire.gov.uk

Website: www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums-worcestershire/commandery.aspx

Address: The Commandery Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU

Also known as St Wulfstan's Hospital, this fascinating site offers displays about the history of the building as well as the English Civil War. With a full programme of activities and events throughout the year, and with its own gardens and nearby Fort Royal Park, the site makes for an ideal family visit.

 

The Elgar Museum

Contact Email:birthplace@elgarmuseum.org

Website: www.elgarmuseum.org/

Address: Crown East Lane Lower Broadheath Worcester

Open every day 11am-5pm. Just 3 miles west of Worcester Experience the best of England’s musical heritage whilst discovering the real Edward Elgar...the man behind the music.

 

The Infirmary

Contact Email:m.macleod@worc.ac.uk

Website: www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/the-infirmary.html

Address: The Infirmary University of Worcester Castle Street Worcester

An interactive museum at the University of Worcester's city campus combining science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England's oldest infirmaries.

 

The Vale Golf & Country Club

Contact Email: headpro@thevalegolf.co.uk

Website: www.thevalegolf.co.uk

Address: Hill Furze Road, Bishampton, Worcestershire WR10 2LZ

The Vale Golf Club Evesham is set in a beautiful part of the Midlands countryside. It offers extensive facilities including a par 74, 18 hole golf course, a 9 hole shorter course and excellent practice facilities.

 

The World Outside Forest School

Contact Email: sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk

Website: www.the-worldoutside.co.uk/forest-school/4555541433

Address: Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley, Kidderminster DY11 5TB

Outdoor activities in the natural environment.

 

Top Barn Activity Centre

Contact Email:rob@topbarnactivity.com

Website:www.topbarn.co.uk/

Address: Top Barn activity Centre Holt Heath, Worcester,

Top Barn Activity Centre offers the widest range of both land and water based outdoor adventure activities in the Midlands.

 

Vertical Limit Indoor Climbing

Contact Email:info@vlimit.co.uk

Website: www.vlimit.co.uk

Address: Unit 11, Shrub Hill Road, Worcester, Worcestershire WR4 9EL

Vertical Limit Indoor Rock Climbing offer extensive and varied climbing terrain from 4m to 11.5m tall walls suitable for all skill levels. Kids and adults alike are sure to have a great time challenging themselves with helpful instruction from our certified staff. Vertical Limit is a top rope, lead and boulder gym that offers a supportive climbing environment, friendly staff and professional instructors.

 

Worcester Cathedral

Contact Email:schools@worcestercathedral.org.uk

Website: www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/

Address: 8 College Yard

 

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Contact Email: spope@worcestershire.gov.uk

Website:www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums-worcestershire/city-art-gallery-and-museum.aspx

Address: Foregate Street, Worcester

Contemporary and historic art exhibitions as well as fascinating objects illustrating the history of the City.

 

Worcester Theatre Makers

Contact Email: worcesterheatremakers@gmail.com

Website: www.worcestertheatremakers.co.uk

Address: The Hive Sawmill Walk The Butts Worcester

Worcester Theatre Makers are passionate about theatre in all its forms and chose the name theatre makers due to a belief that theatre can be made anywhere by anyone. Our focus is on confidence and fun!

 

Worcester Warriors

Contact Email: Laura.Bolon@warriors.co.uk

Website: www.warriors.co.uk 

Address: Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester, WR3 8ZE

Participate in a range of classes and training at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club.

 

Worcestershire Cricket

Contact Email: andy.wheeler@wccc.co.uk

Website: www.thewcb.org.uk  

Address: New Road, Worcester WR2 4QQ

The Worcestershire Cricket exists to lead, support and influence the growth, quality and accessibility of recreational cricket within Worcestershire.

How is the learning validated?

In becoming a CU Learning Destination all organisations are asked to undertake our quality assurance process, known as CU Validation. This validation sits within Planning for Learning - A Framework for Validating Learning devised with the support of Professor John MacBeath of the University of Cambridge.

Planning for Learning sets out a process of self-evaluation and planning as we must be sure that there is a consistency of quality to the CU Learning Activities that our CU Learners participate in.

CU Validation does not require the completion of an excessive amount of paperwork. It works best when time is set aside to talk about potential learning opportunities and to explore them through the eyes of the children they are designed to engage. Wherever a CU Learner chooses to access a CU Learning Activity that their experience is a positive one and that the learning is engaging, creative and fun!

 

CU Learning Destinations are listed on the national Children's University website:

www.childrensuniversity.co.uk 

 

 

How does my venue become part of Children’s University?

Do you offer after school clubs or special activities for children to get involved in that are voluntary, have learning outcomes but most of all are fun?

Would you like to reward those children who participate and help raise their aspirations?

 

Together we would validate your activities, then promote them to children, young people and families to access both locally and nationally. Your staff would be asked to stamp/sign for the hours attended in the Passport To Learning. That is all that is required!

 

What does it cost?

Currently there is no charge for membership as we want to encourage many opportunities.

We look forward to hearing from you.