Lady Manners School is delighted to be one of only 11 schools in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to have been awarded National Citizen Service (NCS) Champion School status.
NCS is a scheme for 16 and 17 year old students. It enables them to build skills for work and life, as well as developing an interest in the local community, through several stages. Firstly, they participate in a residential programme at an outdoor centre at which they meet their team with whom they will share incredible challenges such as rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery.
During the second week, the team is reunited to embark on a session designed to build life skills such as confidence, leadership and communication. This leads to involvement in a social action project, where teams plan, organise and deliver a project to enhance their local community over a period of 30 hours. It might be an environmental project, feeding the homeless, fundraising or spreading the word about a cause close to their hearts.
Finally, the successful youngsters graduate from the scheme, receiving a certificate signed by the Prime Minster.
46 Lady Manners School students enrolled on the NCS scheme – the highest number in the region. The committed youngsters return from the scheme more confident, resilient and eager to learn and they are often much more eager to volunteer and help out in their local community.
Hannah Gibson-Dale, from NCS visited the school to present the plaque to Mr Meikle, Headteacher, in recognition of the school’s and the students’ achievements.