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Year 11 Discover NCS at BLGC

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Pupils in Year 11 at Bolton School have been discovering National Citizenship Service (NCS). The whole year group in both the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions found out what the scheme involves and how it can benefit them during trips to Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC).

For more than 10 years, Bolton School has been working with BLGC to give Year 11 pupils from both Divisions the opportunity to sign up for NCS. The scheme is a three- to four-week experience, which gives young people aged 15 to 18 the opportunity to develop their citizenship skills during school holidays. All those who take part enjoy an outdoor pursuits trip and a residential week in university-style accommodation, during which they have access to lectures and activities to build important skills. They also plan and deliver a social action project which counts as 40 hours of voluntary work. As well as helping them to develop themselves, the programme shows pupils that volunteering can be fun.

NCS complements Bolton School’s Community Action Programme, which encourages Year 12 students to complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteering during the academic year. Many Sixth Formers go above and beyond this goal to complete 50 and 100 hours.

During their separate trips to BLGC, Boys’ Division and Girls’ Division pupils found out more about NCS and how it could benefit them. They also received the information needed to sign up. While at the club they tried out a range of activities including basketball, dodgeball, football, pool, table football, cup-pong and an introduction to the gym. The afternoon ended with fast-paced team challenges.

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