We are delighted to announce that Chesterfield High School, Crosby, has been awarded Champion School Silver Status for our involvement in National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-backed youth programme for teenagers.
We received the status in recognition of the continued support given to the scheme, encouraging more than 90 students to take part in NCS, which helps young people develop a broad range of skills that have life-long value, such as leadership, team working, confidence, independent thinking and community responsibility.
“We’re delighted to offer ongoing support for NCS as we believe it plays a vital role in the development of our students as they transform into adulthood.”Kevin Sexton, Acting Headteacher
Mr Sexton was awarded the certificate, signed by the Prime Minister, from former NCS graduates at a special ceremony to mark the achievements of each champion school in the region. The graduate presenters, who hosted the event throughout, enthusiastically outlined the positive impact that NCS had on them and what they had gained by taking part.
“We are so proud of the large number of our students who took the challenge and participated in the NCS programme. It has been invaluable in engaging them even more in their learning and achieving their aspirations in school and their futures”Kevin Sexton, Acting Headteacher
NCS is an opportunity open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England. Over the course of four weeks, participants spend time away from home experiencing outdoor life to its full, working with local business and charities to build new skills, and putting those new skills to good use to create a project that will help others better enjoy the local community.
To date, over 500,000 young people across the UK have taken part in NCS, which is delivered regionally by Ingeus, in partnership with local youth organisations.
“All of our champion schools can be really proud of what they have achieved,” said Ingeus NCS National Marketing Manager, Sarah Hartley. “They have fully supported their young people and encouraged them to aim high. All of our graduates and their schools have achieved some amazing results, of which they can all be really proud.”
One of those who graduated from their NCS programme last summer and is studying at Chesterfield High School 6th form event is 16-year-old, Daniel Owen. He said:
“Participating in NCS was great, I learnt lots about myself – my strengths and weaknesses – it gave me a fantastic preparation for 6th form and university. I am much more focused on what I want to achieve and do with my life.”Dan Owen Year 12 CHS Student
“I had the most amazing experience!” he said. “Many of us met for the first time on the first day of our NCS experience, but by the end of the four-week programme we had developed some really strong friendships. I learnt loads of new things, felt I developed through all my experiences of working alongside others, and took part in activities which undoubtedly helped build my confidence. We all had such a great time!”
Year 11 and 12 Students wishing to sign up for this summer’s programme can do so via the following link: SIGN UP HERE