We’re delighted to have been awarded Champion School status by the NCS EM1, the regional provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS).

NCS is a flagship youth programme for 16 and 17-year-olds and Champion School status has been given to institutions which have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part over the last academic year.

Gemma Betts, Careers Co-ordinator at NK Academy, said: “We recognise the positive effect that participation in NCS programmes has had on both our students and the academy, and we have seen a notable change in pupil wellbeing and engagement with academic work.

“For young people, NCS provides a host of practical and emotional benefits, among them a positive contribution to UCAS personal statements and wider social and personal development.

“Students who participate demonstrate high levels of confidence and resilience, something that we have noted amongst our students who have graduated from the programme.”

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 15-17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland taking place during spring, summer and autumn school holidays.

The programme was established in 2011 to improve social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility and so far almost 400,000 young people have taken part.

Our Year 11 students Reece Head and Grace Freeman volunteered to receive the award on Wednesday (31st January) from NCS/EBP Delivery Co-ordinator Andy George and NCS/EBP Outreach Officer Chloe Robinson (pictured).