National Citizen Service Gold Award for Academy
National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded ‘Champion School’ status to 630 schools across the country for their commitment to, and work with, the flagship youth programme. Champion School status has been given to those schools that have exceeded expectations in promoting the course as well as recruiting students to take part in the programme. St George's Academy was awarded this in Academic year 2015-16.
This year, of those awarded Champion School status in our region, select schools also received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award to reflect those which go above and beyond in promoting NCS and recruiting students for the NCS programme. We were one of the only three Lincolnshire schools / FE colleges to receive the highest accolade, the Gold Award. This was the combined efforts of staff and students across both campuses. To collect our award we were invited to a ceremony at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City.
Almost 400,000 students have taken part in NCS since 2011, with recent research showing that it improves outcomes for the teens who take part, including increased likelihood of getting into university. Open to all young people, regardless of circumstances or additional needs, NCS focuses on three core principles of social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility, all of which have benefits not just to the participants but to communities and society as a whole. Parents of the teens who take part repeatedly comment on the positive effect NCS has on their children, including increased confidence levels and independence. In addition, the teachers have praised the impact NCS has had on so many of their pupils, and the knock on benefits to the school more widely.
Government backing means that it costs just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs. Students that take part in the programme spend 3 weeks of their Summer ‘holiday’ volunteering and taking part in activities to build life skills and gain self-worth and confidence. Students have relayed how much they enjoy the experience.
We already have many year 11 students signed up for next years’ event!
Picture shows Mr Green (Key Stage 4 Manager at the Ruskington Campus) and right Kate Davis from NCS Trust.
The young girl holding our award is an NCS regional student ambassador. (left)