Graduates are in a class of their own! - picture gallery

THEY may be years away from obtaining their degrees but hundreds of youngsters proved they are top of the class by ‘graduating’ from Doncaster College.

More than 350 schoolchildren from across the borough graduated from the Doncaster Children’s University.

Pupils from Town Field Primary School in their cap and gowns at the Doncaster Childrens University Awards, held at Doncaster College. Picture: Dave Hiskey

Pupils from Town Field Primary School in their cap and gowns at the Doncaster Childrens University Awards, held at Doncaster College. Picture: Dave Hiskey

The ceremonies were held at Doncaster College over four days.

Gervase Phinn, the well-known author and chancellor of Doncaster Children’s University handed out certificates and spoke to children and parents about the importance of learning outside the classroom and the funny side of education.

Among other guests who attended were George Trow, principal and chief executive of Doncaster College, Jo Miller, Doncaster Council’s chief executive, and Jo Moxon, assistant director of education at the local authority.

Doncaster is one nine children’s universities based in a further education college for seven to 14-year-olds.

More than 20 schools in the borough have joined the scheme which offers fun activities to seven to 14-year-olds to aid their education on top of classroom lessons.