NCS Summer programme supported by Hartsdown Academy


The local NCS (National Citizen Service) team spoke to Year 11 students on 14th December 2016about the opportunities that are open to them during the Summer holidays. Places are filling up fast, so if you have not signed up yet, you can do so on their website here:

What is NCS?

We’d like to tell you about a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity which your son or daughter can sign up to take part in this summer. National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed, four-week programme which is supported by our school and takes place in the summer holidays. Students at the end of Year 11 and 12 have the opportunity to sign up and then will be placed in teams of 12-15 young people with their friends and other students from local schools and colleges.

Week 1: Adventure  – Outward bound residential to focus on team work, problem solving skills and getting out of their comfort zone

Week 2: Skills – A second residential to learn independent living skills and to learn about their local community

Week 3 and 4: Social Action – Work from a local community base to plan and implement a 30 hour community project that benefits both young people and society

Graduation – Celebrate their NCS achievements and be presented with a signed certificate from the Prime Minister.

Government support means the whole programme costs no more than £50 to take part in, with all meals and activities covered. There are also bursaries offered to those who need financial support and support is provided for young people with additional needs. The extra investment from government means a place on NCS is actually worth £1,300 per person.

NCS helps young people build their confidence and gain new skills for work and life while having fun and giving back to their community – the best possible springboard for their future. Whether they’re about to start sixth form or college, or preparing to enter the working world, signing up to NCS is one of the best decisions a teenager can make.

For more information, check out the NCS website