The National Citizen Service (NCS) is an organisation that King Edward’s is proud to be associated with. The NCS is a government funded programme for 16 and 17 year olds living in England that provides amazing opportunities, life experiences and social action.
The NCS programme is split into four phases; adventure, future, making a difference and graduation. In the adventure section young people live away from home and test their boundaries and self awareness in all kinds of adventurous activities. The future phase is all about getting ready for independent living and thinking about the local community. The making a difference section is a social action project that young people are passionate about that will make a difference to their local community – big or small. During graduation the young people will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Prime Minister!
Graduation is not the end of the story. Students can return to the programme as graduate ambassadors for further opportunities.
The NCS programme is open to 16 and 17 year olds, out of term time in the summer holidays, October and February half terms. Students at King Edward’s will always find out about these opportunities as the NCS are regular visitors in school for assemblies and parents evenings. It is a fantastic opportunity that we would encourage all of our young people to take. The NCS will be in school on 5 March and 23 March.
To date 61 students from King Edward’s have completed the award with a further 15 signed up for the Summer programme; this means students from our school have benefitted from in the region of £100,000 of government funded places on the NCS.