The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for 15-17 year olds. More than 275,000 young people across the UK have participated in the NCS programmes and in 2015-16 The Morley Academy became one of only a few schools across West Yorkshire to receive the NCS participatory award as a result of over 50 Year 11 students signing up to take part. NCS is delivered by a series of charities, college consortia and Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partnerships across England and aims to encourage young people to take an active role in community life whilst helping to make a positive difference to society over the course of the summer break.
The NCS programme provides young people with opportunities to engage in adventurous activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling. Young people work and live alongside their peers in university styled accommodation where they will develop life skills like confidence, leadership, budgeting, cooking and communication all of which helps to boost a CV, college or UCAS application. Young people will work as part of team to deliver a community action project of their choice and all successful participants will attend a graduation ceremony.
NCS is recognised by colleges, universities and employers alike and universities actively encourage young people to make reference to NCS within personal statements.
All NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB) and are trained to work with young people. The programme is risk assessed and regularly quality assured.
For more information please visit the NCS website www.ncsyes.co.uk or collect a registration form from the Year 11 Pastoral Office.