Sheffield city centre theatre and arts space The Montgomery has become a Learning Destination with Children’s University.

Children’s University is a national charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school.

Now The Montgomery is joining the network of organisations playing an active role in providing extra educational facilities for Sheffield children.

“We are very proud to have been accepted as a Learning Destination with Children’s University,” said The Montgomery Marketing and Programming Manager Rachel Jack.

“A lot of the work we do at The Montgomery is already based around children and families so becoming part of the Children’s University network seemed like a totally natural progression.”

Learning Destinations are places which provide CU learning activities and which are publicly accessible – places like wildlife centres, zoos, historical interest sites, theatres and libraries.

Each year more than 110,000 children take part in learning beyond the classroom as part of Children’s University and gain essential skills that improve their future life chances, using their special Activity Passports to record their progress and achievements within the CU network.

“This is an excellent way for The Montgomery to engage with an even broader spectrum of children from across the city,” said Rachel.

“Already we have so many activities for children from theatre schools and clubs to storytelling, workshops and professional theatre shows.

“But Children’s University also aims to reach out to children and families in areas of low engagement, encouraging them to participate and discover new areas of stimulation and interest.

“The activities we offer at The Montgomery are very much about families having shared experiences and we believe that as a Learning Destination we can only strengthen that offer and make it even more appealing to families across the city.”