188 students earning at
least three A* / A grades
Over 100 offers for Medicine,
Dentistry, Oxbridge and Ivy League!
Our best ever A Level results!
Watch our students reading “The Light of Beginning” a poem by Nick Makoha based on the experiences of NCS students.
It’s hard to know exactly what you’d like to do with your life and that was a problem that Reece was discovering as he finished his GCSEs two years ago. He wanted a sixth form that would afford him space to explore different sectors and provide an academically rigorous A Level experience. He recognised this was all available due to our holistic education approach and so formed a strategy to try and apply for everything upon joining The NCS.
He discovered and used all our professional school services, making time for Engineering, Finance and Law opportunities. He found even the smallest moments of support were enriching and beyond what students would usually find in a conventional classroom – from work experience to life-changing teachers who would happily discuss their subjects and university advice outside of lessons – and he was grateful for it. Soon enough he found the finance sector spoke to him and with a newly acquired sense of ambition earned a place to study History & Economics at the University of Oxford, where Reece will continue his studies.
“The thing that they’ve done here that I didn’t expect – but is really powerful – is they make you feel this ambition and this sense that you can really achieve a lot if you work hard for it. They will support you to do that.”
Having joined NCS Law School, Lyba delved into all the guidance and opportunities afforded to her. During one work experience at a top London Law firm she arrived with eight of her fellow cohort and found every other student attending was from a different school. Where The NCS had found the opportunity and supported applications, all the other students had no guidance and found the placements by themselves. It was an eye-opening moment for her as to just how our holistic A Level education works.
Lyba always knew the law was for her. But having explored several companies via workshops, experiences, shadowing and mentoring, she didn’t know if she wanted to commit to a full course at University. Again her NCS teachers helped her to find an alternative path, providing her with reassurance and helping her learn important life skills in embracing change. She’ll now continue studying Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford.
“Although the primary focus at The NCS is and I think will remain on academics, the encouragement to nurture your outside interest is always there. And I’m very glad they do that.”
The Elite University Preparation Programme at The NCS allows all students to gain the knowledge and skills to make the most of their talents. Whilst Vadin was preparing for Oxbridge, he also took some time to explore our Ivy League offering and spent time talking with our alumni who’ve graduated from and are currently attending these prestigious institutions in America.
His thinking changed when he realised they were just like him. All of them are from the same area and have similar backgrounds. He then knew he could do it and changed his thinking to make full use of the preparation that we provided to students free of charge. An American specialist we work with provides full training on the USA SAT entrance exams and along with our mentoring help students apply their knowledge in a way that allows our students to successfully navigate the US application system and submit a competitive application. Along with a full $320,000 scholarship, Vadin will continue his studies at Dartmouth College in the USA with a huge financial investment in his future that will help him reach his aim.
“The calibre of teachers is extremely high here. The NCS looks for excellence and even if you aren’t excellent at whatever you do, you can become excellent here. You really can. And I am that student. I was never excellent.”
When Amna was looking at sixth forms, she wanted to find somewhere that would let her grow into the person she knew she could become. At The NCS she had teachers who pushed her thinking, helping her to develop her views and understanding of the subjects that interested her in new areas beyond the classroom syllabus. Our holistic approach to A Levels also saw her develop her soft skills, helping her enhance her leadership competencies and develop her confidence to apply and secure the prestigious position of NCS Head Girl. Her time at The NCS will see her going on to study at the University of Cambridge in a subject that she discovered via all the critical thinking that we helped unlock.
“The NCS allowed me to develop my leadership skills, allowed me to practice public speaking, meet people, networking with people in both in terms of like academia and personal growth. I’ve had a lot of that at The NCS and I don’t think I would have gotten it elsewhere.”
Immediately after joining, Mutayyeb took full advantage of our professional schools. He found the time to engage with our Medicine, Finance and Engineering Schools purely because he didn’t know what career to aim for in the future. At The NCS, students are afforded the freedom to explore what’s best for them and with the experience of all these sectors open to him, he decided his future should be in medicine.
Mutayyeb will be continuing his studies in Biology at the University of Oxford. He nearly didn’t apply but his Oxbridge-educated teachers at The NCS recognised he was an ideal candidate who would flourish in such an environment. With their support via our weekly Oxbridge Supervision Sessions, he felt prepared to apply and having earned his place credits our work for providing the skill set to best communicate and engage with his passion for the subject.
“The NCS has really developed what I wanted to do because I had experts in my teachers around me who could help out. They’re always on hand.”
Earlier this year we were visited by the team from the Good Schools Guide, the notable publication that’s written by educational experts, for parents.
Below are a few quotes from their report on the work we’re doing to raise student ambitions and affect social mobility in our community.