Wellington College opens its doors to Bracknell youngstersBy Hugh Fort
April 30, 2012
Youngsters from Bracknell are invited to spend three weeks at a prestigious public school this summer.
More than 600 young people aged between 16 and 17 have already signed up to the National Citizen Service (NCS) project and now the project has been opened to Bracknell Forest and Wokingham.
Young people will take part in a series of tough outdoor activities, including climbing, orienteering and trekking, designed to improve confidence and leadership skills.
The programme will be carried out by the Future Foundation independent training organisation, and supported by the school, entrepreneur developer SIFE UK and the educational charity Skillforce.
Dr Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College, said: “We are delighted Wellington College will be hosting the National Citizen Service programme.
“Service is embedded in the college’s 152-year history. Wellington was founded by the great Duke of Wellington for the sons of heroes, and the college’s pupils were prepared at school to go on from Wellington to serve their country in the Army.
“We are very excited about the strong service element in the NCS programme and are pleased so many of our pupils will be able to experience this alongside other young people from a wide range of backgrounds, breaking down the barriers in education that exist between the state and private sectors.
“We are pleased to be working alongside Future Foundations on the NCS programme as we believe both organisations are passionate about developing the leadership skills and character in young people.”
Jon Harper, managing director of Future Foundations, said: “I am really excited we are going to be able to offer NCS to young people in these areas.
“We have an incredible programme planned for this summer which will offer young people a transformational experience.
“It’s fantastic we can enable Berkshire students and their communities to benefit from this programme.”
People wanting to take part in the programme can visit www.future-foundations.co.uk/ncs-gets-berkshire for more information on how to sign up.