Laurence Jackson School lauded for changing lives
At a unique regional awards ceremony, Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough have been recognised for their outstanding work in changing lives through the youth movement National Citizen Service (NCS).
Beating off stiff competition from 9 Redcar & Cleveland schools, Laurence Jackson School scooped an NCS North East Star School Award, which was presented to Jodie Downs, by Bethany Moore, 16, a former student of the school and graduate of the scheme.
Head teacher Tony Gavin said: “It’s brilliant to receive this award which recognises that the school has embraced NCS as part of our commitment to helping pupils maximise their potential.
“It is thrilling that so many of our pupils have benefited from NCS and we look forward to getting even more young people involved in this life-changing scheme going forward.”
Jessica Taplin, CEO of vInspired, who deliver the NCS contract in the North East in partnership with National Youth Agency (NYA) and twelve local delivery partners from the voluntary and community sector, including Imagine You Can and Groundwork, said: “A huge well done to staff and students at Laurence Jackson School. The school has shown real commitment and we look forward to continuing our work together to make sure that NCS continues to benefit local people and communities.”
A dozen leadership teams from schools across the region attended the NCS North East Schools Awards 2016. They were joined by decision makers from the education, youth and voluntary sectors - showcasing local commitment to maximising the benefits of the government-backed programme for young people in Redcar & Cleveland and beyond.
In total, twelve schools, one from each local authority in the region, picked up an award in recognition of their successes in empowering their pupils to take part in the transformative scheme.
Held behind the scenes at Beamish Museum, scores of teenagers made the exclusive event a success by hosting, handing out awards and networking with influential guests.
NCS graduate Harriet Shaw, 19, compered the evening alongside Joe Johnson, 17, and said: “This really shows what NCS is all about. Young people making a real difference.”
Also speaking at the event were members of Team Brah, an award winning group of young people, who have continued their LGBTQ awareness-raising campaign since kick-starting the project on NCS in 2015.
Emma Ramshaw, an inspirational NCS team leader, spoke movingly about how the programme had changed her life.
Bookings are now open for the unmissable NCS experience, with parents or teenagers urged to call 0191 247 4020 or visit NCSNORTHEAST.co.uk.
Teens booking now will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to see NCS ambassador Jess Glynne live or Metro Radio and TFM’s Christmas Live pop party.
Picking up a gong were Apollo Studio Academy of County Durham, Carmel College of Darlington, Manor Community Academy of Hartlepool, Macmillan Academy of Middlesbrough, Newcastle High School for Girls, Churchill Community College of North Tyneside, The Blyth Academy of Northumberland, Laurence Jackson School of Redcar & Cleveland, Hebburn Comprehensive School of South Tyneside, Egglescliffe School of Stockton-on-Tees and Biddick Academy, Sunderland.
Emmanuel College of Gateshead received the NCS Regional School Ambassador Award.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 16-17 year olds across England.
It is a unique programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community.
Government backing means that it costs just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.
NCS represents great value for money for parents as participants spend up to two weeks away from home with all meals and activities covered. The first week is spent at an outward bound facility participating in activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing. The second week teens live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence, learning how to be self-sufficient, developing new skills and finding out more about the needs of their local community.
Taking place outside school/term time, teens can sign up for the part-residential experience and participate in either the spring, summer or autumn programmes. In every programme they will experience four sections that focus on personal and social development including leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Not only do 16 & 17 year olds have the chance to give something back, but it also looks great on CVs and helps with job, college and university applications, building future aspirations. NCS is a sought after addition to any CV and UCAS recommends referencing NCS in personal statements.
Those just starting year 11 will have a first chance to take part in summer 2017.