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The University of Cambridge is used to graduation ceremonies, but the one that took place at the Fitzwilliam Museum on 10 December 2015 was different. 60 children from North Cambridge Academy, along with their families, were celebrating achieving their discover arts awards, Duke of Edinburgh awards, and graduating from the children’s university.
North Cambridge Academy and the University of Cambridge Museums have had a very successful relationship for the past two years, which strives to enable young people from the school to feel ownership of the eight University museums. Pupils are encouraged to visit the museums and each house at the school is linked to a Museum.
A group of 10 11-12 year olds are working regularly with the University of Cambridge Museums to develop a work book that leads young people around six of the museums whilst enabling participants to gain a discover arts award. The ambassadors are spending time learning about each museum & what sessions they offer to schools. They are working with learning staff to develop their own activities for the booklet.
Initially the booklet will be used with 120 year 6 students from North Cambridge Academy’s feeder primary schools. But the booklet will eventually be available for other young people & schools to use.
We are currently looking at ways to extend the partnership to embed collections from the eight museums into the school curriculum across as many subjects as possible.
Marie Kennedy, Children & Young People Widening Participation Officer, University of Cambridge Museums