Make the most of your summer with NCS

3rd May, 2017

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15 to 17 year olds (Years 11 & 12). NCS helps you build skills for work and life by getting you to take on new challenges and meet new people.  Many students from Skinners’ Academy will complete NCS in 2017, last year alone 20 Skinners’ Academy students participated in the programme.

NCS is a three part programme during the summer or October half term. The summer programme is open to all Year 11 and 12 students. The half term programme is for Year 12 students who are unable to take part in the summer.

Part 1: Get Active

You stay at an outdoors centre and take part in fantastic activities like abseiling, kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing and more.

Part 2: Get Involved

You will experience independent living, learn a new skill from an industry professional and get to know new people from the local community.

Part 3: Make your Mark

You design a social action project to support your local community and pitch to win funding to make it happen.

Part 3 continued:  You return to deliver your campaign and work with local charities.

Why do we at Skinners’ Academy encourage pupils to embrace this opportunity?

There are a range of reasons, but one is that places at university, work and apprenticeships are increasingly more competitive. Exam results will remain important, but employers and admissions tutors are looking for other skills including teamwork and leadership. NCS develops these skills. It is recognised by UCAS and can enhance your personal statement required by UCAS, add weight to job applications and provide a good talking point during interviews.  92% of participants say NCS helped them develop useful skills for the future.

We also value anything which helps build confidence and challenges you to step out of your comfort zone to challenge yourself to be the best you can.

Interested? Find out more about NCS and sign up online at