Canterbury College Receives 'Champion School' Award for its Outstanding Contribution to NCS Posted 12th June 2017

Canterbury College recently celebrated after being named a ‘Champion College’ by the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The award was presented to Principal Graham Razey at a ceremony during which guests heard stories about how NCS had helped changed students’ lives. The NCS programme is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England, and helps them build skills for work and life through taking part in social action. It gives young people the opportunity to make new friends, and tackle challenges they normally wouldn’t.

The award was given as a result of the support which staff at the College had given the programme, resulting in a significant cohort of students taking part in NCS challenges. In the past 18 months a total of 96 students from Canterbury College have graduated from an NCS programme. This has included a range of innovative bespoke programmes, which have been designed to use the skills students are learning at the College.

But despite the impressive numbers Principal Graham Razey said he wanted to see even more students taking part.

He said: “It’s fantastic that Canterbury College has been given this award, but I would like to see an even bigger number of our students getting involved in NCS in the future. As a College, we are dedicated to developing well-rounded students who have all the skills needed to move straight into employment and take an active part in civic life. This programme helps our students develop some of those skills, so I would like to see even more of them taking part.”

Chris Bates, NCS Programme Manager for Canterbury, commented: “Students at Canterbury College have consistently demonstrated their commitment to their community and social action, and we at NCS are proud to be a part of that. With dozens of students completing NCS programmes each year, Canterbury College are a great example to other institutions of how working together can provide huge benefits for students, their school and the wider community.”