We have been named a ‘champion school’ by the National Citizen Service (NCS) thanks to its commitment to the youth programme. The school are delighted to be recognised for the third year in succession.

To achieve champion status, NCS asks that schools meet a number of key criteria in supporting the North East NCS team showcase the government-backed programme to young people aged 15—17. The status also reflects on the number of students from the school who grabbed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on the NCS programme in the summer of 2017.

The King Edward VI School has been instrumental in supporting NCS by meeting a range of criteria consisting of, but not exclusive to, allowing NCS to present to students at assemblies and other events; reinforcing key messages to encourage as many students as possible to take part; identifying any students they think would particularly benefit from participation and supporting them to take part; briefing staff about NCS and supporting and celebrating students who have completed the scheme.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher said “While it is nice to be recognised as a school and we are delighted with the reward, it is for the young people. The experience and opportunites offered by the NCS programme far outweigh any recognition we get as a school. We are proud of our association with NCS and we hope this continues, the aim is for every student in Years 11 and 12 to participate.”

“Places are now open for NCS this summer and I’d urge students to sign up and change their summer.”

The next NCS programme runs over the summer holidays, with 16 and 17 year olds eligible to take part. Government backing means places cost just £50 or less; young people in receipt of free school meals are eligible for a bursary.

The NCS summer experience includes a week of adventure at an outdoor centre in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or Scottish borders where teens will meet new people and enjoy adventure, fun and freedom. Teens will then spend another week developing life skills like confidence, leadership and communication while staying in a uni-style environment.

They’ll then work with their NCS team to deliver their own community project – making a lasting impact on the local area. As well as helping to boost confidence and develop skills, NCS also helps to boost CVs and is recognised by UCAS, who encourage the scheme to be listed on personal statements.

To express an interest or to sign up, students or parents should call 0191 247 4020 or visit NCSNORTHEAST.co.uk.