Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy praised for changing lives with NCS

At a unique regional awards ceremony, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy has been appointed NCS North East’s regional ambassador school for their outstanding work in changing lives through the youth movement National Citizen Service (NCS).

The school picked up the award at the NCS North East Star Schools Awards 2017 which recognised the support and commitment that schools provided to the government-backed scheme during the past academic year.

Twelve schools, one from each local authority in the region, picked up an award in recognition of their successes in encouraging their pupils to take part in the transformative scheme, but it was Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy’s additional commitment to the NCS programme and their take-up of further volunteering and social action projects that earned the regional ambassador award.

With school support, almost 4,000 of the region’s teenagers were empowered to make change in their communities through NCS last summer.

Held in the Great Hall at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, 16 year old NCS graduates Harry Twohig and Madison Cooper compered the evening with other graduates making the exclusive event a success by organising proceedings, handing out awards and networking with influential guests. Another NCS graduate, Emmaleigh Poulton, entertained guests with a stunning musical rendition.

Mark Lovatt, principal, and Alex Rayner, assistant principal, were presented the award by Paul Carbert and Andrew Heavisides from category sponsor North East England Chamber of Commerce alongside V•Inspired CEO Jessica Taplin, National Youth Agency (NYA) finance and operations director Keith Ambrose and NCS recruitment team leader Chris Byrne.

Jessica Taplin, CEO of V•Inspired, who deliver the NCS contract across the North East in partnership with National Youth Agency (NYA) and thirteen local delivery partners from the voluntary and community sector, said: “It was a pleasure to spend the evening celebrating the achievements of dedicated schools and the amazing pupils who seized the opportunity to learn new skills and contribute so much in support of local charities.”

Year 11 students can now book their own unmissable NCS experience. Taking place next summer, the programme includes time away at an outdoor adventure centre, a stay in university-style accommodation and the chance for teens to give back to their local community. Visit NCSYES.co.uk or call 0191 247 4020 to find out more.