College gets awarded champion NCS status

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A college has received an award for enabling so many of its students to take part in the Government-backed National Citizenship Service programme.

Designed to help young people develop independence, confidence and skills that make them more employable, the NCS scheme gives students the opportunity to take part in a unique range of activities within the local community.

Since Thurston Community College began making NCS available, more than 100 of its Year 11 students have successfully completed it, carrying out a wide range of projects from helping the elderly to promoting ways young people can adopt healthy lifestyles.

As a result, it has been awarded ‘Champion’ status this year – it is the first school in Suffolk to achieve this status.

College principal Helen Wilson said: “Our mission is to ensure all young people leave the college with the skills to enable them to be successful members of the community and the NCS is the perfect opportunity for students to gain invaluable experience of how they can make an impact on the lives of those around them.

“We’re extremely proud to be the only school in Suffolk to be awarded ‘Champion’ status for the programme.”

Cllr Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “This is a fantastic programme which the college has really embraced. It not only helps the students to develop significant skills but also fits very well with the ethos of the school.

“Twenty-five other schools and post-16 providers across the county are also supporting students through the programme which is great news for young people and the future of our county.”