School wins accolade for turning students into good citizens

NCS Champion School awarded to headboy Lewis Bradford and headgirl Emily Gilhespy by representatives of the scheme.
NCS Champion School awarded to headboy Lewis Bradford and headgirl Emily Gilhespy by representatives of the scheme.

A school’s champion effort to help its teenagers discover their independence through good turns has made it a winner.

The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee has been named as a National Citizen Service (NCS) Champion School.

We are really proud to take part in the NCS programme and very honoured to have been recognised for our ongoing enthusiasm and participation.

Kerry Siddle

NCS is a nationwide programme for 16 and 17-year-olds which lets them live independently for two to four weeks with other young people.

The experience, which takes place in school holidays, helps them develop new skills while learning about their communities and how they can make a difference through projects.

The status has been given to schools who have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part over the last academic year.

Last year, The Academy at Shotton Hall recruited more than 50 students to the programme and so far there are 36 students on board for 2017.

Those to graduate from the course have said they feel more sure about getting a job, and it has taught them skills for the future, boosted their confidence and they are less anxious.

Kerry Siddle, Year 7 learning manager, who headed up the NCS partnership at the school last year, said: “The programme is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students that offers them the chance to build valuable life skills and make new friendships.

“We are really proud to take part in the NCS programme and very honoured to have been recognised for our ongoing enthusiasm and participation.”

Kimberley Cummings, recruitment team leader for NCS, said: “The Academy at Shotton Hall is a fantastic school and very welcoming of our engagement to ensure that the students are given the best opportunities over their summer holiday.

“Due to overwhelming interest, places are already limited for this summer’s NCS. I’d encourage students to sign up and change their summer.”