Weatherhead High School National Champion School Status for 2nd year running

2 February 2017 | School News

The National Citizen Service (NCS) have awarded Weatherhead ‘Champion School Status’ for the second year running.

‘Champion School Status’ is awarded to a school with 45 students or more graduating from the NCS programme. This year Weatherhead exceeded the threshold with 119 students graduating, the highest for any UK school.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 2-4 week voluntary personal and social development programme for 15–17 year olds, which takes place outside of term time in the spring, summer and autumn holidays.


Students must complete three phases before they can graduate:

  • Phase 1: Adventure

A residential trip completing outdoor adventurous activities.

  • Phase 2: Skills

Students reconnect with their team in a university-style environment to develop life skills such as confidence and leadership.

  • Phase 3  Social Action

With their group, students deliver their very own social action project, taking full responsibility to plan activities, fundraise and make a difference to a local cause.

NCS is a chance for 15 to 17-year-olds to come together and achieve amazing things for the local community and the benefits for the individual include:

  • UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement
  • Students learn the skills employers value
  • Budgeting and living independently
  • Meeting incredible people
  • Get your voice heard!

What our students say…

“In our social action project I cut off the majority of my hair for Claire House and the little Princess Trust and raised £600. Together as a group we raised over £1,100 with a charity fun day for kids. I was proud of our NCS project, we worked well as a team and we raised quite a lot of money together.” Elisha Tompkins

“My social action project was a fun day which helped raise over £1,000 for charity. We also did lots of gardening and community projects. My NCS experience meant that I was able to develop lots of new skills that I might not have been able to develop anywhere else…it also meant I had something good to put on my CV to help me get jobs. To anyone thinking about doing NCS I would say go for it as you develop lots of new skills that you won’t develop anywhere else.” Olivia Carroll

“I met loads of new people and developed new skills in communication and teamwork. The social action projects I worked on raised money for two charities. Clatterbridge and Freshfields. We hosted an afternoon tea, and open mic event and a fun day at Tam O’ Shanter’s Urban Farm and raised £1,100.” Katie-Mae Sheard

“For my NCS project we did a charity haircut and held a fun day which raised over £1,000. We also did lots of community skills such as gardening and we volunteered for Headway, a charity that works to improve life after brain injury. The best part about doing NCS was meeting lots of great people. I enjoyed the first week the most because I developed lots of new skills such as teamwork, communication and my confidence grew. To someone thinking of doing NCS you should definitely do it, it’s really worthwhile and in the end you’ll get lots of great things out of it.” Erin Heyward

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