National Citizen Service (NCS)

National Citizen Service is a once in a lifetime part-residential experience, open to all 15 to 17 year olds. The programme helps young people to build skills for work and life while taking on exciting challenges, making new friends and contributing to their community.

NCS takes place outside term time and there is no cost implications for a school or college to support the programme. Government backing ensures participants pay a maximum of £50 for a place. Bursaries are available for those unable to meet the cost and support is provided for young people with additional needs.

We deliver assemblies and run events in schools to promote this incredible opportunity. Every school and college has an allocation of places for your Year 11 and 12 cohorts, we work with you to ensure your young people don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime.

Dates of our programme:
Summer 2017 (Summer Holidays)
Autumn 2017 (October Half Term)


Benefits of engaging with the NCS:
• NCS helps young people to develop important skills for post 16 study, university life and employment
• We have well paid school holiday jobs that school staff can apply for, building their experiences and contributing to your staff CPD without affecting term time roles
• For Post 16 schools, many have citied a marked improvement in the attendance, attitude and skills of NCS participants when they return to college
• NCS contributes hugely to the PSHE agenda through social mixing and Careers through developing employability skills.


Champion Schools:
Our Champion schools have built NCS into the Year 11 and 12 offer and embody the NCS ethos. Our Champion schools are:
• Groby Community College
• Regent College
• Beauchamp College
• Cedars Academy
• New College
• Leicester Grammar School
• Rushey Mead Academy
• Soar Valley College
• Madani Schools
• Sir Jonathan North
• Judgemeadow Community College
• St Pauls Catholic School.

Get in Touch

If you would like further information, please call us on 0116 240 7007 or complete the enquiry form below:

"Having experienced a challenging year 11 at school, students should be using the summer to let off some steam and have fun in order to be fully prepared and refreshed for the year ahead. However, this doesn't mean their development needs to stall. There are many valuable lessons that students learn outside the classroom that impact, not only their performance when they return to school, but their life beyond that too. I'd urge teens to use their freedom to harness the opportunity the summer brings through experiences like NCS, a programme we recommend at Groby Community College that is open to all 15-17 year olds across Leicestershire. The programme which offers four weeks of fun and discovery in the Summer holiday gives teens the chance to make new friends, grow in confidence and learn valuable work and life skills, helping them to re-focus their minds ahead of the new term."

Rob Coles, head teacher at Groby Community College

“I would like to commend NCS on its work to help young people to obtain the employability skills that are so important to their futures as employees - skills that employers are saying are needed. I would urge schools and colleges to work with NCS and together we can help prepare and develop young people for the future.”

Brian Lightman General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders & NCS Patron