The Priory School have been awarded Gold Championship School status for their involvement in the NCS programme.
During the summer term of last academic year, 16 pupils from the Priory School took part in a bespoke National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. During the project, pupils developed their independence, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, boosting their CVs in preparation for finding employment.
Pupils engaged in a variety of adventure activities on the programme, working together as a team to achieve the desired outcomes. Part of the project also involved a residential, helping to develop key life skills for the pupils.
Mr Flatt, Assistant Head Teacher at the Priory School, had the following to say regarding the project. “Our first bespoke NCS project was a success with pupils achieving so much during the experience. Throughout the year we worked incredibly hard to ensure the project in place was accessible and appropriate, yet challenging for our pupils.
We wanted to ensure all pupils had a life-changing experience where they could be involved in something new. The project was a success and we thank NCS for the award and recognising our hard work and dedication to the project. We hope to work with NCS in the coming years to arrange similar projects.”
Mrs Derrick, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), who teachers KS4 pupils outdoor adventure at The Priory, also supported pupils during the 3-week project and made the following observations. “Some of our young people find being away from home a challenging experience due to their complex needs but many welcomed the opportunity to take part in the NCS Project.
The residential was just long enough for our young people to shine. They demonstrated that they have the ability to be independent (washing and clothing themselves), work as part of a team and appropriately address unfamiliar adults and other participants.”