National Citizen Service

Training Programme for school leavers.

What is NCS?

NCS is a four week programme designed specifically for Year 11s and 12s. It gives them the buzz of being an adult (without all the responsibilities) and gets them ready for life after school, whatever that might be.

So what exactly happens on NCS?

NCSers get to live away from home for a while, take on exciting challenges, and pick up skills that’ll help them move into the world of work. They’ll meet people from different backgrounds and put their minds together to do some good in their community (and beyond!).
From dangling off a rock-climbing wall to getting insider-knowledge from local business leaders, every activity they do should help them to realise their potential and build up their confidence.

Ok, so how much is it?

NCS is a government-funded national initiative. This means that even though each place costs £1,500, the most you’ll need to contribute is £50! That covers accommodation, transport and meals (during residential weeks), activities and equipment. What’s more, bursaries are available and support can be provided for young adults with additional needs.Sounds great! When do they go?

NCS run programmes across the country during the summer holidays and autumn half-term.

To date, over 500,000 young adults have experienced NCS. Don’t let your teen miss out! To find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, check out: ncsyes.co.uk


At St. Hild’s School, NCS conduct assemblies for Year 11 Students in November each year. As a Christian school with an emphasis on care, equality, honesty, respect and responsibility, we believe NCS meets these core values and is an excellent opportunity for our students to develop their employability skills and make contributions to the wider society in which they live. In Hartlepool, over 1000 teenagers have taken part in NCS in recent years, including many students from our school.

Students can also speak to Mrs Sangster, the school's NCS Coordinator for more information.

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