The Priory School has been awarded Gold Championship School status for its involvement in the National Citizen Service programme (NCS).
During the summer term of 2018, 16 Priory School pupils took part in a bespoke NCS programme and through this developed their independence, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, boosting their CVs in preparation for finding employment.
Pupils took part in a variety of adventure activities on the programme, working together as a team. Part of the project also involved a residential stay, helping develop key life skills for the pupils.
Matthew Flatt, assistant head teacher at the Priory School, said: “Our first bespoke NCS project was a success with pupils achieving so much.
“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 Lorraine Derrick, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, who teaches outdoor adventure, said: “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 a team and appropriately address
unfamiliar adults and other participants.”