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DGGS - Champion School for National Citizens Service

DGGS has been awarded 'Champion School Status' as one of the NCS's most engaged schools.

NCS in this area is run through Charlton Athletic Community Trust, and on Friday 10th March, their CEO, Jason Morgan MBE, came to talk to Year 11 in an assembly about the importance of developing their skills outside the classroom and encouraged them to push themselves out their comfort zone. An employer of over 150 staff, he explained the importance of going beyond good grades, and not being a 'couch potato'.  When looking at job applications, he noted that he is impressed by those who make a big effort to give back to the community and learn new skills.

Massively subsidised by the government, DGGS already has 40 students from Year 11 taking advantage of this fantastic scheme.  Having spent a week on a residential, trying out new activities and getting to know new people, the students then spend a week in a University Halls of Residence focusing on skills employers look for, and finally have an opportunity to give back to their community.  The NCS sets students up with interviews and assists them with applications and opportunities.  The government invests over £1000 for each placement, meaning that students only pay a maximum of £50.  It is a nationwide scheme, open to 16 and 17-year-old students each year.

NCS presented our award to Ramya (12B) and Priya (12B) who took part in the scheme last year and found it hugely beneficial.


Justine Greening, Education Secretary said last year, "I want to congratulate all the ‘champion schools’ and thank them for their hard work and commitment helping young people across the country gain vital skills that will help them get on in life and fulfil their potential."

Miss Kellett: Assistant Headteacher



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