NCS Champion School Award

The NCS Programme, which describes itself as ‘a youth programme like no other’ is specially designed to give 16 and 17 year olds a clearer idea of what they want from their future, allowing young people to take on fresh challenges and overcome hurdles, whilst getting to know new friends. 

Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre received the Champion School Bronze Award in recognition of outstanding NCS engagement during 2018-2019. The award recognises the school’s hard work and commitment during 2019. Alongside other local schools, we helped 80,000 young people nationally to make a positive impact on their communities and develop future life skills. The NCS team, who celebrate diversity and champion team building, are regularly invited to the school to help students develop essential life skills while making memories. 

An example of this is the annual Year 12 induction at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre, where the NCS team help students to build confidence and communication skills through egg drop competitions, carpet tile team races and water challenges, helping them to bond as a new year group and start life at JC6 with confidence. JC6 students who enjoyed taking part in the youth programme explained how it is “fun to be a part of” NCS. Year 12 student Zara, who took part in the NCS Programme before joining the Sixth Form at HAJC6, shared: “I took part in a wide range of different activities over three weeks, such as learning basic first aid. The activities were heavily teamwork orientated and helped me to build confidence and make new friends.” 

Janet Paterson, Head of Sixth Form at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre said: “HAJC6 are extremely proud to have been able to encourage a high number of our students to take the opportunity to get involved in such a positive and exciting programme. When students join the 6th form from across the area we find the teamwork and communication skills they learn on NCS can really help them to start at JC6 with confidence,” adding, “as a Champion School we encourage our students to take on challenges and experiences to help them grow not just academically but personally too, and the NCS programme is a perfect example of this.”