I am delighted to let you know that this term your child will be given the opportunity to sign up to NCS (National Citizen Service), a government-funded programme for 15- 17 year olds. Working through physical, personal and creative challenges, this once- in-a-lifetime experience empowers young people to build skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life, whilst engaging with their local area.
The Challenge, the country’s largest provider of NCS, is delivering 1,620 places throughout Lancashire in summer 2016. It is a part-residential programme beginning with 3 parts taking place over 18 days in the summer, with breaks. The first two sections are residential, with all meals, kit and accommodation provided.
First, teams develop their leadership and teamwork skills by working with some of the best outdoor instructors in the UK, enabling them to create friendships and build confidence. After a short break, young people return for part two where they stay in University style accommodation and gain new skills in either drama, art, media, sport, enterprise or photography with a professional practitioner. Finally, teams have the opportunity to design, pitch and deliver their own social action project. Once completed, participants graduate and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Delivering the programme costs over a thousand pounds per head, but The Challenge only ask for a contribution of a maximum of £50 to show a commitment to the programme. They also offer early applicants a discounted price of £35 if the payment is made online before Monday 15th February 2016, and financial support is available when needed. The application fee covers all accommodation, food, transport on the programme, and specialist kit for the residential parts of the programme.
Representatives from NCS are speaking at a Year 12 assembly on Monday 25th January 2016 during which your child will have the opportunity to express their interest in the programme.
We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity and hope you will encourage your child to take part.
Head of Sixth Form