David Cameron visits Champion NCS School Derby Moor
Derby Moor were honoured to receive a visit from Former Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday.
The visit, which was organised by National Citizen Service (NCS) was set up to showcase the work Derby Moor are doing with NCS.
Derby Moor have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to NCS with the volume of sign ups and are among the top 20 schools nationally. The school has excelled at motivating students to take up extracurricular activities, specifically encouraging young people to attend the four week programme during their term breaks, leading to increased interest in volunteering.
Graeme Smith, Principal at Derby Moor said “We were really delighted to welcome Mr Cameron and the NCS team to Derby Moor today. As a school we believe in ensuring we support every student to be the best they can as part of our value of aspiration. Students and staff alike were able to share with Mr Cameron much of the work we do in this area. The National Citizen Service is a fantastic opportunity for our students and we are proud of achieving “Champion” status three years in a row – something few other schools have achieved.”
David Cameron who became Chairman of the NCS Board of Patrons in October last year was keen to see the work NCS were doing with a school first hand.
He attended an NCS assembly, met with some NCS graduates and visited a number of classes on a tour of the school.
Following his visit Mr Cameron said “It was a pleasure to visit Derby Moor school today and take part in an NCS Assembly.
“It's great to see young people's reaction to NCS and their enthusiasm for the programme - we had around 50 more potential sign ups following the assembly, which is fantastic. I also met some of Derby Moor’s NCS graduates, who got such a lot out of taking part and had some really great stories to tell.
“I'm passionate about helping NCS to grow further and faster, and that's what I'm doing in my role as Chairman of the NCS Board of Patrons.”
Student Aravynd Atwal explained “It was really nice to meet Mr Cameron and get his insight on the programme and hear his views on difference things.”
Fellow student Imogen Griffiths continued “It was really interesting to hear about the origins of NCS and how the programme came about. Otherwise this would be something we would not have been aware of”
National Citizen Service is a two to four week programme for 16 & 17 year olds which takes place during school holidays. The programme, which UCAS recommends referencing on personal statements, helps teens develop skills for work and life including confidence, leadership and resilience, whilst also expanding social networks. The next programme takes place during October half term and costs no more than £50. For more information or to sign your teenager up visit www.ncsingeus.co.uk.
Michael Lynas, CEO of NCS Trust said “We are really pleased that David Cameron was able to visit Derby Moor and speak with students there about NCS. As a Champion School, we know that Derby Moor appreciates the value of NCS as an investment in the future of young people, and we are proud to work with so many of their students every year.
“We are thrilled to have David Cameron as the new Chairman of the NCS Board of Patrons, a cross-party, cross-sector group building NCS a new national institution dedicated to the next generation. A visit to Derby Moor was a great opportunity for him to see how NCS works together with our Champion Schools to ensure we help benefit both their pupils and their local communities.”