Representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) returned to QEGS this term, following an impressive uptake of the scheme last year. NCS is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England and helps build skills for work and life.

The scheme brings together young people through residential trips and community projects in spring, summer and autumn, and this year, QEGS pupils have been set a challenge by NCS to beat the impressive number of pupils who took part last year.

The year group will win £1000 if they beat last year’s total, with the additional incentive of a reduced rate (£30) to take part if they sign up before Christmas.

Head of Year 11, Miss McCreadie, said: “NCS is a fantastic scheme for our older pupils to get involved with as they develop and implement a social action plan to help with a local issue that they are passionate about. This can help with confidence, self-awareness and communication skills and can really help develop our citizens of the future!”.

Pupils interested in signing up should register their interest here before the end of term.