The National Citizen Service is a government backed programme for 15-17 year olds, with the aim of developing life skills for the young people who participate. These skills are developed through three phases.
The first phase involves spending one week at an outdoor residential centre, where participants get to know each other and create friendships. There are a variety of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, climbing, archery, hiking and bush craft. Though some of these are daunting, it is a chance for participants to face their fears and develop social and teamwork skills.
The second section involves spending one week at a college or university, to give participants a taste of living independently as a student. There are talks from local projects, charities and campaigns, inspiring the students to take action themselves.
The last two weeks involve creating and carrying out a social action project. This could be creating a community garden, or cleaning up an area of a public space.
We are very proud of the students that took part in the programme and are delighted to be named a Champion School!