Court Fields School in Wellington has been awarded “Champion Status” from the National Citizenship Service (NCS). The school is one of only three in Somerset to receive the accolade from the NCS in recognition of their commitment to supporting, promoting and recruiting young people onto the programme. In 2016 25 Year 11 pupils from the school took part.
Paul Cowling who is responsible for careers in the school said, “It is a great achievement to be given champion status. Our commitment to the programme has been rewarded by the amazing and positive feedback we have received from students who took part last year. NCS provided our students with the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, take on new challenges and, perhaps most importantly, learn about their community and how they can make a difference.”
The NCS programme lasts for three weeks in total and is aimed at 16 -17 year olds. It takes place over the school holidays. As well as two separate residential periods away from home which include a range of outdoor activities, students are given time to develop new skills whilst learning more about their communities and how they can make a difference through social action projects.
Education Secretary Justine Greening said “It’s really fantastic to see that so many pupils have already benefitted from the wide range of programmes provided by the National Citizenship Service (NCS). I want to congratulate all the champion schools and thank them for their hard work and commitment in helping young people across the country gain vital skills that will help them get on in life and fulfil their potential. I want to see more schools getting involved.”