champion status

Broughton Hall Catholic High School has been awarded champion school status for their involvement in National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-backed youth programme for teenagers.

Broughton Hall Catholic High School received the status in recognition of the continued support given to the scheme, encouraging more than 80 students to take part in NCS, which helps young people develop a broad range of skills that have life-long value, such as leadership, team working, confidence, independent thinking and community responsibility.

“We’re delighted to offer ongoing support for NCS as we believe it plays a vital role in the development of our students as they transform into adulthood,” said Ms S Clarke, (Head Teacher).

Miss Connolly and Mrs Tyrer were awarded the certificate, signed by the Prime Minister, from former NCS graduates at a special ceremony to mark the achievements of each champion school in the region. The graduate presenters, who hosted the event throughout, enthusiastically outlined the positive impact that NCS had on them and what they had gained by taking part.

NCS is an opportunity open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England. Over the course of four weeks, participants spend time away from home experiencing outdoor life to its full, working with local business and charities to build new skills, and putting those new skills to good use to create a project that will help others better enjoy the local community.

“All our champion schools can be really proud of what they have achieved,” said NCS graduate manager Annemarie Longden. “They have fully supported their young people and encouraged them to aim very high. All our graduates and their schools have achieved some amazing results of which they can all be really proud.”

One of those who graduated from their NCS programme last summer and presented at the event is 17 year-old Shyam Patel

“I had the most amazing experience!” He said. “Many of us met for the first time on the first day of our NCS experience, but by the end of the four-week programme we had developed some really strong friendships. I learnt loads of new things, felt I developed through all my experiences of working alongside others, and took part in activities which undoubtedly helped build my confidence. We all had such a great time!”

“It was great to help out at the awards ceremony – NCS really values the support of schools in helping to encourage young people to sign up to take part. I had an amazing evening and even conquered my fear of speaking in front of other people!” he added. 

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