City schools are crowned champs

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Three Sheffield schools have been awarded ‘Champion School’ status by the National Citizen Service.

Bradfield School, Ecclesfield School and Yewlands Technology College are among 345 other schools across England to receive the status, for their commitment to the National Citizen Service - the UK’s flagship youth programme.

’Champion Schools’ are considered to be institutions that have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part over the last academic year. More than 300,000 students have graduated from NCS since 2011, with teachers reporting significant changes to schools and pupils as a result.

Sean Hollingworth, headteacher at Ecclesfield School, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been awarded NCS Champion School status, as we really believe that the programme helps to equip our students with the necessary attitudes and skills to succeed in life and work after school; some of which need to be experienced first-hand and cannot be taught in the classroom.

“Over the past three years, our number of student sign-ups has grown year-on-year, which reflects the commitment our school has to promoting the benefits of NCS to students and parents. However, the biggest and most powerful endorsement has come from the participants themselves. The word is out amongst our past and present students about the amazing experiences available to those who ‘Say Yes’ - the chance meet new friends, take on new challenges, do things and go to places they wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to in school or home life. It is this, coupled with the chance to make a difference in their community, that makes NCS the ideal vehicle to help our students develop.