National Citizen Service

NCSWe would like to let you know about the amazing opportunity for year 11 students this summer, National Citizen Service.  NCS is a nationally recognised government initiative for those aged 16-17 which takes place during the summer.  It’s a great way for young people to learn the skills for work and life they need to succeed in the future, whilst having an amazing time.  The two week experience costs the government £1200 per young person that participates, however you only have to pay a maximum of £50. The programme is only available for students in Year 11 or Year 12; over 95% of students taking part in the programme are Year 11 due to their extended summer holidays.  Each year we have over 3000 Hampshire students taking part in the programme with 100,000 doing it on a national scale including many of the schools previous students.


What happens on NCS?

  • BE EPIC In the first week, young people will live away from home and nurture their adventurous side.  Whether they take on the high ropes, wild waves, or scale a wall, one thing we can guarantee is, by Friday night they’ll feel fearless (and pretty worn out)! Don’t worry, you’ll have the weekend back home to catch your breath.
  • LIVE LIFE New for 2022, phase 1 and 2 will take place in the first week!  During this first week of residential young people will also have the chance to take part in some workshops.  They will get a crash course in adulting and pick up skills to setting them up for life.  By the time they’re done, they will be speaking to a room full of people without freezing up and know a whole load more about what they want from life after school.
  • DO GOOD Fuelled by the first week, young people will be back living at home and will have the opportunity to use their voice and have a lasting impact.  They will meet their team every day at a local site to plan and deliver an impressive ‘passion project’– we can’t wait to see they achieve as a team. Young people get the chance to put all the skills and experiences developed in phases1 and 2 into practice as a team, agreeing on a social action project that will make a difference to their local area.
  • GO PARTY Ok, so this is a VIPOYE (Very Important part of Your Experience), naturally.  By this point, you’ll have achieved A LOT.  Now it’s time to be recognised. You’ve got to go out with a bang, right?


When can we take part in NCS?

Each programme will run for 2 weeks, Monday to Friday, depending on which of the start dates you choose from. Start dates will be released by the start of January when the website goes live to sign up.  

Start your amazing journey:

Applications for NCS are now open and selling fast! Places are limited and are given on a first come first serve basis. You can visit for more information about the programme and to sign up.  We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity and hope you will encourage your child to take part.