National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded ‘Gold Champion’ status to Newcastle High School for Girls thanks to its great commitment to working alongside NCS to build awareness of the NCS programme and having exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.

The NCS programme supports young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life-skills which enables them to contribute to society with a greater sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.

Open to young people aged 16-17 the NCS programme takes place in school holidays and includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

Lucy Franks-Doyle, Deputy Head Pastoral at Newcastle High School for Girls in Jesmond says:

“This year continues to see a fantastic reaction from our pupils who have attended NCS, which has resulted in a positive impact throughout the whole of NHSG. We’ve seen first hand how the programme can enhance our students’ CVs when planning for their future – be that for university, college or the world of work. We’re really proud to have been awarded ‘Champion’ status by NCS and look forward to our pupils continuing to benefit from the programme in the years to come.”

Jo Cooney, NCS Recruitment Coordinator for Newcastle says:

“We always receive a warm welcome from staff and students at Newcastle High School for Girls so I am delighted to present an award to mark their NCS Champion status. Current year 11s can now sign up to the 2019 summer NCS programme – places fill up fast so I’d encourage them to take action before it’s too late.”

NCS is making a positive contribution towards developing our country’s future talent and is proven to increase confidence, communication and leadership abilities. University participation rates for those who take part in NCS was on average 12% higher than those who didn’t take part*.

Izzi Dorrian, Head of Education engagement at the NCS Trust comments:

“Through working closely with schools and colleges across the UK, we are able to ensure more young people have the opportunity to be aware of the amazing benefits which come with participating in the programme. This collaboration is helping us to ensure the programme is embedded in local communities and reminds us exactly how the programme is helping change the futures of thousands of young people each year.”

For any of our pupils in year 11, you can sign up to participate in NCS next summer at or calling 0191 247 4020. Departure dates include: 1st July, 5th July, 9th July, 15th July, 22nd July, 29th July and 5th August. Use the code NCS35! to book a place for just £35.

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