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September 2014 Sixth Form - National Citizen Service (NCS)

 

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September 2014

 

Dear Parent/Carer

 

We have recently invited our local representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) to talk to Year

12 students about the Autumn & Spring 2 014/15 NCS programmes and how they can become involved. The assembly took place on   Monday 15th September 2014. If your son/daughter expressed interest, they were invited to complete an 'Expression of Interest' form. They then received an application pack which contained information about the programme and an application form which requires parental consent before returning back to school or posting directly to the NCS delivery team in the envelope provided.

 

This is the third year that the programme has run in Northamptonshire,  and our local provider, Gateway Growth Ltd in partnership with The University of the First Age are very experienced in running this programme with us and many other schools and colleges across the county.

 

There are 225 funded places for the October half term programme (across the county) offered on a first come first served basis as well as 135 places available for the February half term programme. Both programmes last 7 days and include a 3 night residential at an activity centre for transport is provided.

 

The NCS programme is a fantastic opportunity for your son/daughter to be part of a high value national programme, whilst adding experience and skills to their personal statement and CV's for the future. It is also a programme recognised by UCAS and a growing number of local and national organisations.

 

The programme contribution cost is just £35, as the rest of the cost (around £600 per student) is funded by the government. There is also a bursary scheme available for students entitled to Free School Meals and families experiencing significant financial hardship - please indicate this on your application form or call the local provider on 01832 731375 to discuss further.

 

OUTLINE OF KEY DATES OF PROGRAMME FOR OCTOBER

 

Friday 24th October between 5 and 6pm- Travelling, by coach, to The Pioneer Centre (a fantastic activity centre in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire), arriving there at approximately 8.30pm.

 

The 3 night residential (all meals are included) at The Pioneer Centre will be until Monday 27th October.

They will leave around 3.30pm arriving back at the same pickup points around 6pm.

 

Tuesday 28th October- Friday 31st October they will complete their Skills Development & Project Planning phase of the programme. This will be non-residential and each day will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm. Own transport will need to be provided for these 4 days. The venue for this phase will be notified nearer the time but it will be at a local college or other suitable venue.

 

The final part of the programme involves them delivering their own Social Action Project which needs to be completed, in their own time, by the Friday 28th November 2014. This can take place during evenings, week days, if possible or at the weekend and must take a minimum of 24 hours to complete.

 

Can I please encourage you to complete your son's/daughter's application and return it into school where there is an NCS drop box available? Alternatively you can post it off directly to our provider, who will then confirm enrolment and provide further information about the programme.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs S Anderson

Head of Sixth Form