Our students have been offered the unrivalled chance to build their confidence and self-belief by taking part in a 3 to 4-week course run by the National Citizen Service (NCS).

NCS is a national campaign funded by the Government to encourage students to build skills for work and life, with the opportunity to live away from home, learn to budget, get involved in Dragon’s Den style projects, and meet new people.

The maximum students have to pay is £50 for an adventure in the summer holidays, taking them on a one-week outdoor pursuits residential, the opportunity to sample living away from home in a university flat for a week, and taking part in a charitable project for the Coventry community.

Sue Gorman, who organises the course for Grace Academy students, said: “We are all offered the same opportunities in education; the difference we make is taking the extra opportunities presented to us. On this course, students will learn how to cook and look after themselves, develop self-esteem and social skills, independence, and become more socially aware of issues in society. I think it will be the best holiday they will have in the whole of their life, developing aspirations above and beyond Academy life.”