Bored teenagers are being encouraged to become good citizens and develop valuable new life skills over the summer holidays.
Dyke House Sports & Technology College and Sixth Form have joined the stars of Channel 4 TV hits Educating the East End and Educating Essex, in backing participation in the National Citizen Service (NCS).
The Hartlepool school and college has been labelled a ‘champion’ school by the NCS due to the numbers of students who have gone successfully completed the programme.
It sees young people aged 15-17 develop as people and gain new life skills including resilience, confidence and leadership, by taking part in courses lasting two or three weeks. It includes working with a community project.
Dyke House leaders say participation in the scheme is a great way of filling the holidays and can pay off in their performance at school.
Head of Sixth Form Gerard Coull said: “We see first-hand the benefits NCS offers our students as the transition from Year 11 to Sixth Form life.
“The skills they develop and the experiences they gain during the summer are a huge asset to their future careers.”
Over the last four years, hundreds of Dyke House students have graduated from the programme, with 64 Year 11 students already signed up to take part this summer.
Recent projects by Dyke House students include a gig night which raised more than £2,000 for charity and renovating the children’s pre-surgery waiting area in the University Hospital of North Tees.
Dyke House Head of College Andrew Murphy added: “More and more employers are looking for evidence of participation in programmes like NCS on CVs – they recognise the value to society and to their business, which is exactly why we’re proud to offer the experience to our students and support their transition to life after Dyke House College.”
To enquire about places on the summer 2015 NCS programme in Hartlepool call 0800 0279111 or visit the website www.ncs-yes.co.uk