Richmond School gets gold award for work with National Citizen Service

From left, Alana Hodgson, Year 12 student, Sophie Ritchie, Sandra Johnson and Eleanor Bradley. Year 12 student.

The work of an inspiring teacher has led Richmond School to become a gold champion school for its work with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Sandra Johnson, assistant headteacher and leader of transition at the school, leads the NCS programme.

She said NCS was embedded into the school’s curriculum and enabled students to participate in adventure, skills and social action enterprise and community work, equipping them with important skills for their future careers.

Year 12 student Eleanor Bradley took part in 2018,

She said: “It was a very interesting and valuable experience.

“I made lots of new friends who I stay in touch with. I learnt so many new and useful skills and my confidence has grown as a result of taking part.”

Gold championship status is rarely awarded and Richmond School is the only school in Richmondshire and Hambleton to be honoured with the accolade and one of only a few across the whole of North Yorkshire.

Sophie Ritchie, NCS recruitment coordinator, said: “Richmond School really embraces the benefits of the NCS scheme and are so enthusiastic and proactive.

“It is the support of Sandra Johnson and the senior leadership team at Richmond that really sets the school apart, they have a fantastic ethos and commitment to developing well-rounded students which works hand in hand with their focus on student achievement in studies and exams.

“They fully appreciate the package of benefits NCS offers whilst motivating students to work hard towards their exams, knowing they have such a great and valuable experience to look forward to in the summer.”

Sandra said: ”NCS is a great way for students to develop confidence, leadership and communication skills; it enables them to make a difference in their local community and gives them an opportunity to meet lots of new people and have some fun over the summer holidays.”


Sophie presented Sandra with the gold award and a hamper.

The hamper will be raffled, with proceeds going to the Brain Tumour Trust.