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Central Academy 6th Form students mentor Year 7 as part of National Citizenship Service course

L-R: Suhana Khondoker, Elle McCormick, John Wightman, Lewis Tingey and Jonny Peacock.
L-R: Suhana Khondoker, Elle McCormick, John Wightman, Lewis Tingey and Jonny Peacock.

6th Form students at Central Academy are working on a sports programme with Year 7 developing sports activities as part of the National Citizenship Service course.

The National Citizenship Service (NCS) course is offered to all students participating in post 16 study at Central Academy. This is the second year that the Academy has supported students undertaking this course which is done in addition to regular study programmes. Central Academy is one of the only schools in Cumbria to provide the opportunity to participate in the NCS course.

As part of this course a number of students have decided to work with and support Year 7 students by providing sports activities and coaching once a week.

Head of 6th Form Mr Cannar said: “We give all of our Year 12 students the opportunity to participate in the NCS Course during their first half term. It is an excellent opportunity for them to discover new skills, work with each other, have fun and make a difference by taking part in local social action projects. I am delighted that our 6th Form have decided to work with our own Year 7 to help develop their sporting abilities, team working and self-confidence.”

NCS is a government backed programme. Participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community. Not only do 16 and 17 year olds have the chance to give something back, but it looks great on CVs and UCAS recommends referencing NCS on personal statements.

6th Form student Jonny Peacock said: “When I started 6th Form at Central Academy the NCS Course looked like it would be really good fun. When I have finished my ‘A’ Levels I hope to join either the Police or RAF. Being able to include NCS on my applications and CV will help me stand out from the crowd.”

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