The Brunts Academy in Mansfield, lead school of The Evolve Trust has been awarded ‘Champion School’ status by National Citizen Service (NCS) due to its commitment to the youth programme to date.
The academy was selected from thousands of schools participating across the country by National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds, and is one of only 20 in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to receive this award. The academy has excelled at motivating students to take up extracurricular activities, specifically encouraging young people to attend the programme during their term breaks, leading to an increased interest in volunteering.
On NCS teenagers meet other young people from different schools and stay in university style accommodation while they learn more about their community and how they can make a difference through social action projects. Following this, the young people spend 30 hours dedicated to executing their own social action project in the local community.
To earn ‘Champion School’ status, a teacher must take on the role of ‘Champion Teacher’, whereby they spearhead the programme within the school and encourage students who would benefit most from NCS. Mr Dickinson, Year Progress Leader for Y11, was key to earning the academy’s new status.
Mr Dickinson, Year Progress Leader for Y11, said: “It’s a great achievement to be given Champion School status at Brunts. Our commitment to the programme reflects the amazing feedback we receive from our students and the noticeable difference we see in their attitudes when they return from the programme. The NCS programme is an initiative we are publicising continually with older students with NCS attending our recent Y11 parents evening to raise the awareness of the programme to parents/ carers also.