Risedale College recognised for work with National Citizen Service

NCS recruitment coordinator, Sophie Ritchie, presenting the Champion College Bronze award to Risedale senior teacher, Jane Haillwood, accompanied by principal Colin Scott (far right) and Year 11 students who have signed up for the NCS programme this summer.

Risedale Sports and Community College has been awarded Bronze Champion School status by the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The award of Champion School status has been given to those schools that have exceeded expectations in promoting the programme as well as recruiting students to take part.

Open to all young people, regardless of circumstances or additional needs, NCS focuses on three core principles of social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility, all of which have benefits not just to the participants but to communities and society as a whole.

Parents of the teens who take part repeatedly comment on the positive effect NCS has on their children, including increased confidence levels and independence. In addition, the teachers at Champion Schools have praised the impact NCS has had on so many of their pupils, and the knock on benefits to the school more widely.

Colin Scott, headteacher at Risedale, said: “Senior teacher Jane Hailwood has been a driving force in setting up and supporting our Year 11 students with this programme.

“NCS provides a wonderful opportunity for young people, and a very tangible way for pupils to enhance their CVs for college, work and life.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with NCS to give many more of our pupils the chance to get involved.”