Holyrood Academy has been awarded ‘Champion School’ status by the National Citizenship Service, for being the top school in the area for recruiting students to the scheme in 2016. Recruitment for the 2017 cohort is even higher, with 37 students currently signed up for this Summer’s programme.
Emma Higman, Independent Careers Advisor at Holyrood said "For the second consecutive year, Holyrood Academy has seen a significant number of students signing up for The NCS Summer Programme facilitated by Activate. Holyrood is a fantastic role model for other schools, demonstrating the value of being involved in a programme designed to encourage students to venture outside their comfort zone, enhance their CV and to learn new skills.”
Flavia Kumar, School & Student Engagement Officer for Activate said “Holyrood has worked so hard to support us with student recruitment for the programme and as a result, is seeing an impressive development in their students. Many Holyrood NCS Graduates have been selected to mentor and support new students on the programme with us this summer. We have awarded the Academy with a commemorative plaque to recognise their fantastic contribution!”
Students will often keep memories of their experieces forever! Chloe, Year 12 says “NCS was an experience where I learnt lots of new skills. I made lifelong friends and created memories I will never forget.” and Jess, Year 12 says “Whilst at NCS, I was exposed to lots of new things that I don’t experience on a daily basis. I also made new friends and learnt lifeskills that will benefit me in the future.”
NCS is a Government funded programme for 16 – 17 year olds to take part in during the summer and October half term holidays. NCS aims to give young people the opportunity to build skills for work and life and make a positive impact in their community. In addition to this, the NCS programme supports CV applications for employment and UCAS applications for University.
Phase 1 consists of outward-bound activities such as climbing, abseiling, archery and kayaking. In phase 2 students take part in CV workshops, have the opportunity to take a digital marketing award and meet employers from different industries, such as sport and media. The final phase involves students working in small groups to design and implement a social action project in their local community.