Scheme helps to encourage young pupils

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A Wallsend school has been honoured for its work inspiring young people and providing them with life-changing opportunities.

As a ‘Champion School’ for the National Citizenship Service, Churchill Community College is spearheading the scheme and encouraging other schools in the region to get involved.

We have had many young people through this scheme and they all say what a life changing experience it has been.

David Baldwin, Churchill Community College headteacher

The scheme, aimed at 16 to 17-year-olds, provides an opportunity for young people to find out more about themselves, work with a wide range of other youngsters and then commit to voluntary service in their local area.

Headteacher David Baldwin visited London to take part in a celebration in The Houses of Parliament which marked the national increase in young people taking part in the scheme.

Mr Baldwin said: “It was a huge honour to be invited. The environment was inspiring and mirrored the inspiration of the National Citizenship Service.

“We have had many young people through this scheme and they all say what a life changing experience it has been. It has enabled many to develop skills and I continue to hear stories that it has helped them secure university and employment opportunities.”

“Our status as a Champion School means we continue to encourage other schools to get involved.

“I would encourage any school and young person to get involved, here in the north east we are supported by V Inspired who deliver the programme and they have worked tirelessly to encourage and support young people through this programme.”