Grindon Hall Christian School praised for changing lives with NCS

Grindon Hall collecting NCS Award

At a unique regional awards ceremony, Grindon Hall Christian School was appointed as an NCS North East Star School for their outstanding work in changing lives through the youth movement National Citizen Service (NCS).

The school picked up the award at the NCS North East Star Schools Awards 2017 which recognised the support and commitment that schools provided to the government-backed scheme during the past academic year.

Twelve schools, one from each local authority in the region, picked up an award in recognition of their successes in encouraging their pupils to take part in the transformative scheme. With school support, almost 4,000 of the region’s teenagers were empowered to make change in their communities through NCS this summer.

Held in the Great Hall at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, 16 year old NCS graduates Harry Twohig and Madison Cooper compered the evening with other graduates making the exclusive event a success by organising proceedings, handing out awards and networking with influential guests. Another NCS graduate, Emmaleigh Poulton, entertained guests with a stunning musical rendition.

Joanne Maw, Principal, and Sarah Campbell, Head of Year 11, were presented with the award by Matt Hill from category sponsor The Foundation of Light, alongside NCS recruitment coordinator Darren Crawley and two of the school’s students, and NCS graduates, Charlie Louise Carr and Sam French.

In a statement after event, Joanne Maw said ‘We are honoured to accept this prestigious award, which reflects the dedication of our young people in supporting their local community.  Each and every one of our NCS graduates has made a positive contribution and gained skills that will last them a lifetime; we look forward to working in collaboration with NCS in the future.’

Jessica Taplin, CEO of V•Inspired, who deliver the NCS contract across the North East in partnership with National Youth Agency (NYA) and thirteen local delivery partners from the voluntary and community sector, said: “It was a pleasure to spend the evening celebrating the achievements of dedicated schools and the amazing pupils who seized the opportunity to learn new skills and contribute so much in support of local charities.”

Year 11 students can now book their own unmissable NCS experience. Taking place next summer, the programme includes time away at an outdoor adventure centre, a stay in university-style accommodation and the chance for teens to give back to their local community. Visit or call 0191 247 4020 to find out more.