NCS Gold Standard School Award awarded to Stoke High

Stoke High School have been awarded National Citizen Service (NCS) Gold Champion School status for the contribution and involvement of their pupils over the summer holidays, placing them in the top 40 of 364 schools across the East of England.

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The NCS service, a voluntary personal and social development for 15-17-year olds in England and Northern Ireland, is the country’s fastest-growing youth movement with over 200 organisations involved.

Their Champion School statuses of Gold, Silver and Bronze are awarded according to the percentage of pupils from each school who participate in the NCS Programme every summer and discover who they are and what they can do. Stoke High School is one of the leading schools in Suffolk, with 64 Year 11 students (over 60% of the 2017-2018 Year group) participating in the programme in 2018.

Each student dedicated 60 hours toward community projects, totalling 3,840 hours of voluntary time in the local area. Their projects raised over £2,000 across Suffolk, working with charities and good causes relating to mental health awareness, environmental and wildlife welfare, homelessness, Parkview Care Home and Noah’s Ark Nursery.

Caroline Wilson, Executive Principal of Stoke High School – Ormiston Academy, said:

"This is an amazing achievement of which our students can feel very proud. In addition to making a significant impact through volunteering, the experience was a great opportunity for the students to develop their leadership, communication, teamwork skills and awareness of their local community.

"We hope that as many students as possible in next year’s Year 11 cohort will sign up and continue the good work."

 

Picture caption: Stoke High School, Careers Officer, Wendy Toogood