BWH Awarded Champion School status for National Citizen Service
Blessed William Howard Catholic High School has been awarded Champion School status for its work with National Citizen Service (NCS).
NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience offered to 16 –17 year olds that builds skills and confidence, helps them get ahead in work and life and gives them a positive role in their local community.
In an increasingly competitive job market, NCS gives your teen the confidence to stand out from the crowd with their job applications thanks to the extra-curricular nature of the programme and the new skills for work and life they will develop.
Being recognised by UCAS, the programme will help your teen frame their skills and experiences for interviews and university applications. Exclusive NCS research reveals that six in 10 employers state that experiences outside the classroom are as important as academic achievements on a CV.
NCS represents great value for money for parents. Over 130,000 teens have taken part in this government-backed programme that costs up to £50 per participant. The programme involves an action-packed away residential and a skills-building home residential with time finding out about the local community and designing and delivering a local community action project.
Recent projects by Blessed William students include working with Katherine House, The House of Bread and the Prince Project. On completion of the programme, students receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister in a graduation ceremony.
The school has taken part in the programme for 3 years and recently became a Champion School due to the significant numbers participating in the scheme. Over 70 Blessed William Howard students have graduated. Currently there are a number of students in year 13 who work as young leaders, actively encouraging their peers to participate and continue to raise the profile of our young people within the community.
“The principles of citizenship are essentially the same as the core values of our school, ‘love of God, love of learning, love of people, Love of life’ - making this a very fitting programme for our students. It helps them to develop into confident, mature and community minded individuals with all the skills they need to go out into the wider world and succeed.” commented Mrs Louise McKie, Director of Achievement for BWH Sixth Form.
The programme is next available to 16-17 year olds during the Summer end of term holidays. To find out more visit www.thencsnetwork.org.uk or call 0800 027 9111.