Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy has been named a ‘Champion School’ by the National Citizen Service after being selected from thousands of schools across the country.

The school has excelled at motivating students to take up extracurricular activities, specifically encouraging young people to attend the two or four-week programme during their term breaks, leading to an increased interest in volunteering.

On NCS – the UK’s flagship youth programme for 16 and 17-year-olds, teenagers meet other young people from different schools and stay in university style accommodation while they learn more about their community and how they can make a difference through social action projects.

Following this, the young people spend 30 hours dedicated to executing their own social action project in the local community.

To earn ‘Champion School’ status, a teacher must take on the role of ‘Champion Teacher’, whereby they spearhead the programme within the school and encourage students who would benefit most from NCS.

Vincent Round, assistant head teacher at Saint Benedict CVA, in Derby, was key to earning the school’s new status, and credits the programme for the increased maturity and confidence of Saint Benedict students who have participated in this programme.

He said: “It’s a great achievement to be given Champion School status at Saint Benedict. Our commitment to the programme reflects the amazing feedback we receive from our students, and the noticeable difference we see in their attitudes when they return from the programme.”

Mr Round is pictured (centre) with NCS representatives.

Sam Hussain (recruiter NCS) Vince Round, {asst head Saint Benedict}, Kara Foley (recruiter NCS)