Schools and colleges receive NCS Champion Status

69 schools and colleges from across Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (EM1) were recognised for their excellence in promoting the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme at the NCS EM1 Champion School Awards Ceremony, held at a Leicester City Football Club on 6 December 2017.

The awards recognise the schools and colleges across the EM1 region, who have excelled in endorsing and promoting NCS to their students. Each school and college was nominated by the local NCS delivery team in their area, based on their commitment to NCS in the 2016/2017 academic year.

The winners were presented with plaques and certificates by NCS Trust Partner Manager, Kate Davis, who also spoke at the event. NCS EM1 graduates, Muzammil Khomusi and Keira Upton, performed during the ceremony. Owen Liggins, a member of the NCS EM1 Regional Youth Board, also took to the stage with the rest of the board to give an inspirational speech about the impact that the programme has had on his life.

Rushey Mead Academy, based in Leicester, was awarded both gold status and the Champions of Champion trophy, in special recognition of their performance.

Zoe Conneally, Assistant Head Teacher at Rushey Mead Academy, said: “We are delighted to have received both gold Champion status and the Champion of Champion award, in recognition our achievement of the highest sign ups across the East Midlands.”

NCS is fully embedded in Rushey Mead Academy. Already our Year 11s are talking about which wave they are on for summer 2018. Last year, we had 54% of all year 11s sign up to take part and year-on-year our participation has increased, as the ‘buzz’ around the summer programme builds.”

Vicky Breckin, NCS EM1 Regional Coordinator in Leicestershire, said: “NCS is an investment in the future of young people. Everyone who takes part has the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new friends from different schools, and gain the confidence they need to be successful in life and work.”

We are delighted to partner with so many schools and colleges across EM1, and we are proud of their tremendous efforts to ensure that as many students as possible get the chance to benefit from the skills and experiences that NCS offers. We could not reach these young people without the support of the schools and colleges, and we look forward to continuing our work together.”

The EBP is the Regional Delivery Partner for National Citizen Service (NCS) in the EM1 region of the East Midlands, with programmes running in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

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