46 students leaving Yr 11 and 11 students finishing Yr 12 decided to step up to take on a series of personal, team and community challenges.
The students were split into different teams doing the programme on separate dates, getting the chance to make new friends with peers from schools and colleges across Bradford. The three-stage part-residential programme sees students go from outdoor activity challenges to skills training and community group volunteering, ending with the design and delivery of a community action project.
Having now graduated, each student has received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and gained access to exclusive opportunities with The Challenge Society.
A number of Bingley Grammar students were involved in NCS events that were attended by local Bradford MPs, who were thrilled by participants’ commitment and achievements.
Abidah Akther, Cameron Wilson and Josh Hutton were part of a team visited by Judith Cummins MP (Bradford South) during their social action day at City Hall. Josh played a key role in hosting the MP and was featured on p. 6 of the Telegraph & Argus!
The team was paired with Why Don’t We, a charity providing creative training opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Why Don’t We group members had chosen objects from Bradford Museums’ stores to be displayed at City Hall. Josh, Cameron, Abidah and their NCS teammates were briefed to support the group to engage with visitors on an open day for the public.
The team met with the Why Don’t We group in advance and came up with successful ideas for the day such as creating branded ‘Why Don’t We’ t-shirts, to the delight of the group. Some NCS participants wore the t-shirts too, while others donned their NCS t-shirts, blending the two groups to create a cohesive collective representing both projects.
Judith Cummins thoroughly enjoyed getting to know both groups, saying:
Ollie Gregory, NCS Senior Mentor for the team, agreed:
Shomana Begum and her NCS team successfully pitched their community project to a Dragons Den style panel that included Bingley Grammar School’s local MP, Philip Davies (Shipley). The team had been briefed by Neighbourhood Hub Bradford South and Shomana played an active role in delivering a moving and passionate pitch, leading the Dragons to allocate a full £50 funding for the team to turn their ideas into real social action.
Adam Dziedzic and Conor Rankin were part of a Showcase Event, at the end of the first two weeks of their NCS experience, that was opened by Imran Hussain MP.
The Bradford East MP was highly impressed with the teams’ achievements, saying:
We have been hearing great things from Bingley Grammar’s NCS graduates, including Georgia Holroyd who told us,
These students were among 2000+ 16/17 year old’s who took part in NCS in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield, and among 40,000+ who took part across England with national charity The Challenge, the country’s largest NCS provider.< Back to all news stories