Bondholder Derby Grammar School has been awarded champion school status for their involvement in National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-backed youth programme for teenagers.
Derby Grammar School received the status in recognition of the continued support given to the scheme, encouraging students to take part in NCS, which helps young people develop a broad range of skills that have life-long value, such as leadership, team working, confidence, independent thinking and community responsibility.
“We’re delighted to offer ongoing support for NCS as we believe it plays a vital role in the development of our students as they transform into adulthood,” said Karen Stebbings, Assistant Head and Head of Sixth Form
“We’ve taken part in the scheme since 2017, in fact 35% of all of our Year 11 students have taken part. They gain so much from it; it’s good for them to work as a team with people they didn’t know previously and for them to ‘give something back’ on the community projects.
NCS is an opportunity open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England. Over the course of four weeks, participants spend time away from home experiencing outdoor life to its full, working with local business and charities to build new skills, and putting those new skills to good use to create a project that will help others better enjoy the local community.
One of those who graduated from their NCS programme last summer and presented at the event is 17 year old Karam Osman who is currently studying his A Levels.
“I had the most amazing experience!” he said. “Many of us met for the first time on the first day of our NCS experience, but by the end of the four-week programme we had developed some really strong friendships. I learnt loads of new things, felt I developed through all my experiences of working alongside others, and took part in activities which undoubtedly helped build my confidence. I am now taking part in the NCS Local Youth Board too.”