"We are immensely proud that so many of our students have taken part in NCS programmes. We are a rural comprehensive school and our strength lies in the strongNCS logo sense of community that we foster. The NCS programme is, therefore, a perfect match for us. It provides our students with the opportunity to make a contribution to their local community whilst further developing the wider life skills that are so essential beyond their time at school. The majority of our sixth form students opt to continue their studies at university and the NCS programme helps to create the confident, well-rounded students that higher education institutions, as well as employers, are looking for. There is no doubt in my mind that the students who have taken part in the NCS programme, have returned to us with enhanced levels of independence, empathy and drive to succeed. It is for this reason that we continue to strongly  encourage as many of our students as possible to take advantage of the unique opportunities presented by the NCS programme.”


National Citizen Service (NCS) is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England & Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn new skills and create unforgettable memories.

Remember, It All Starts At Yes…

  • Grow your confidence
  • Make your UCAS application stand out
  • Make new friends
  • Develop the skills that employers want
  • Get a killer CV
  • Access to exclusive events

The Summer NCS programme takes place over four weeks during the Summer holidays.

NCS is a 3-part programme:

Get Active - Enjoy an action-packed week away tackling activities like rock climbing, hiking and raft building.

Get Involved - Stay away from home at a Higher Education campus. Work with businesses and organisations to improve your employability skills and take part in creative challenges.

Make your Mark - Return to your local area with your team to plan and deliver a Social Activity project that will really make a difference to your community.

Government backing means that taking part costs no more than £35.00. This includes accommodation, food, activities - everything!

  • Stay away from home at an outdoor activity centre
  • Develop new skills and meet new people
  • Learn to budget and live for yourself
  • Make your mark in your local area delivering your social action project
  • Receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister
  • Keep volunteering

Information Packs are available in school.  Click here to visit the NCS website for more information.

Former Student comments:

Conor Elliott

How do you think NCS has benefitted you?

"My experience on the NCS programme has helped develop my team building and leadership skills as well as growing my confidence and independence.  It really helped my organisational skills giving me first hand experience of organising activities and working to deadlines. One of the tasks included making lots of phone calls and I now feel more confident on the phone and making professional calls."

How will it help you in the future?

"It was only after I finished the NCS programme that I realised how many transferable skills I gained which will help me when I move on to University, get involved in other activities and apply for jobs.  I am now more confident, more independent, better organised and work well in team and leadership situations.  Being involved in the NCS programme is a great thing to add to my CV and feel it will help me stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs and at interview.  I am applying to the Sutton Trust in America and my NCS experience has helped and I am sure will help me if I should be successful in securing a place."

What skills have you taken from NCS?

“”Greater leadership and team building skills; increased confidence and independence; improved organisational skills and working to deadlines; transferable skills to help on my journey to university, enrichment and employment.”

Joe Spurr

"I really enjoyed being involved in the NCS programme and it has really helped develop my team building skills as well as making new friends and meeting new people.  Initially it was a little daunting joining a group of people you don't know but it was really easy to make friends and get to know people in a new situation."

"Being a part of the scheme has helped grow my confidence and taught me to be more outgoing which I think will really help me in the future and when applying to jobs and at interview."

 "I am now more confident in new situations and have really developed my team building and leadership skills.  I feel that I can think on my feet more and can plan for activities and find ways of fixing any problems."

Jonathan Jackson-Spooner

"NCS was a fantastic experience and helped me learn how to be a better team member and a leader.  It also taught me an awful lot about the area I live in as our Community project was in my home town of Sleaford.  We worked hard cleaning up a public space and planting bulbs to regenerate the area for others to enjoy.  The fundraising aspect of the project went really well too."

"Being part of the NCS scheme has helped me develop my interaction with other people as part of a team and taught me how to be a better leader.  These are skills which are already helping me in Sixth Form at SWRA and when I apply to university and then employment."

"As well as team building and leadership skills I feel that it has helped develop my listening and organisational skills  which is really important."

SWRA and the above students featured in a the NCS publication. The above are extracts from the article.