National Citizen Service (BSGD)
Year 11 pupils at Bolton School are encouraged to sign up to National Citizen Service (NCS). The scheme offers young people the chance to develop new skills and simultaneously give back to the local community.
Young people from across the town take part and are split into mixed groups, so there is also plenty of opportunity to make friends from different lifestyles and backgrounds. Each group takes part in an outdoor pursuits residential week, enjoying a range of activities to encourage confidence and team bonding. Participants take part in a second residential in a university-style environment, living alongside their team while attending lectures and activities to build a range of skills, from photography to football coaching and many more. Finally, the teams make a difference to the local community through a social action project which they plan and deliver, counting as 40 hours of voluntary work.
Bolton School pupils in Year 11 are encouraged to sign up for NCS in February each year, and spend an afternoon off normal timetable discovering more about the scheme.
They take part in the scheme during their school holidays.
Since 2010, Bolton School has been working with Bolton Lads and Girls Club to encourage pupils in Year 11 to sign up for NCS. This started off as a pilot scheme with just a few Boys’ Division pupils, but is now a programme rolled out annually in February to the entire year group across both Divisions.