Tafsia joined us from Sarah Bonnell and achieved A* / A* / A* / A* / A at A Level. She now studies at MIT in America where she’s looking to focus on Material Science and Engineering.
The NCS provided Tafsia with all the support she needed to achieve her goal of attending an Ivy League university. Her message of positivity and not being afraid to compete to get the best for yourself reverberates around the walls of our buildings, leaving many students now looking to emulate her successes. “The NCS gave me everything I wanted in a college experience. It helped me through my A Levels so much. The teachers are amazing. I miss it! But yes, I would absolutely 100% recommend it.”
Shayaan achieved A* A* A* in his A Levels. He’s now studying at Imperial College London and is focussing on Civil Engineering.
All of the extra-curricular activities The NCS Engineering School provided Shayaan with gave him a unique insight into all the different fields of engineering that he could enter into. But it was meeting those currently leading the field of civil engineering via NCS arranged lectures and workshops that helped him realise that’s where his true passion lies. “The NCS has changed my life, it’s changed all of my friends’ lives. At NCS you’re pushed to the highest level within your own capability. When you go to university, they’re not used to schools of this calibre. So you’re landing whilst running, you get a head start from other students.”
Having joined us from Sarah Bonnell with strong GCSE grades, Samiya became our first ever head girl and went on to secure exceptional A Level grades. She chose to join our first cohort of students for the professional skills tutoring that we provide. She loves how we tailor enrichment to each individual’s strengths and desired destinations.
During her NCS time at The NCS Samiya enjoyed workshops at a wide variety of corporate law firms, eventually securing a space on our all expenses paid international work experience with White & Case LLP. After impressing senior associates and partners during the trip, Samiya subsequently secured a training contract with the firm in London. She will be joining them as soon as she has completed her solicitor legal practice course (LPC). “It’s really rare to find teachers and individuals who are so invested in you. They make sure that they follow up with you [to see] how you’re doing. I am truly, truly grateful for my experiences at The NCS.”
Lukenny earned A* A* A* at A Levels and is now studying Medicine at Imperial College London. During the pandemic he’s also been working in the NHS which, despite being challenging, has shown him the rewarding nature of his chosen field.
Staff at The NCS took Lukenny under their wings and taught him how to gain the best from the opportunities presented to him and how to focus and work hard to achieve his goals. More than the academics and enrichment provided as part of The NCS Med School, it’s this quality of the teachers and the relationships he forged that he speaks most fondly of. “Whilst I had a lot of tribulations at The NCS, it was also one of those things where I would never ever take it back. I learned so much at The NCS. So much more than just books. So much about life. So much of knowing to stick through the tough times. That atmosphere taught me to never give in to the challenges. I would definitely recommend it to any students that want to go far.”
Isuf has benefitted from The NCS’ new Elite University Preparation Programme, which provides support to all students whilst they make applications to the most competitive universities and school leaver programmes in the world.
Expressing an interest in applying to an Ivy League university, Isuf was one of a number of students to have tutoring from a specialist in the SAT entrance exam that The NCS works with. We also took him on our exploration trip to the USA which allows students to learn about and visit MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Columbia.“The NCS brought in a tutor from the US who helped us revise for the general SAT, which is an exam that all students have to do to apply to the most competitive universities in the US. That was probably some of the best help I’ve ever gotten in terms of actually revising for an exam.”
Nancy joined us from Seven Kings and achieved A* A* A at A Level. She is now studying Mathematics at the University of Oxford. On top of her academics, the experiences and contacts she made as part of The NCS Finance School are now also helping her gain work placements at leading City banking firms.
Whilst Oxbridge was always her plan, getting there took a lot of work. Our NCS organised visits to the universities to Socratic discussion, our super curriculum provision, and extensive interview practice with our team of dedicated Oxbridge teachers and alumni resulted in Nancy acing the oxford entrance test and performing exceptionally well at her interview. The NCS Elite University Preparation has become renowned for preparing students to successfully gain offers to the Ivy League, Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities. “NCS made the application process a lot smoother and easier. I got a lot of feedback on my personal statement and a lot of interview practice. The interview process at Oxford is different to other universities and that practice made me really proud and confident when I went there to be interviewed by the tutors. It was a much less stressful process because I’d already practiced it.”
Zereena achieved A / A / A grades at A Level. Before she joined The NCS she never even dreamed that she could become an Oxbridge student. It was her teachers who provided her with the encouragement and confidence to fill in an application form. She quickly became one of our first students to receive an offer from them.
Now studying English at Corpus Christi College, she understands just how accessible studying at Oxbridge is for NCS students. Her message resonates throughout the student’s who take up studies with us, which is one reason why The NCS has received more Oxbridge offers than any other comparable local sixth forms in their first four cohorts. “Don’t let where you come from limit you. Remind yourself, “this is where I come from, “ but don’t let it limit you. Honestly, you are your only barrier. It’s your hard work, your determination and your motivation that will get you somewhere.”
Haseeb joined The NCS from Kingsford and achieved A / A / A at A Level. During his time studying with us he benefitted from the wide ranging opportunities we provide as part of our MedSchool preparation. He speaks how our holistic overview to enrichment helps students learn about themselves and their career aims, which in turn helped him make the best choices for his further education.
Like many of our alumni, he returns to help our current students who are also looking to go into the medicine field. He provides insight into the sector and also supports student’s preparing to take their BMAT and UCAT entrance exams. “I think The NCS is a hub of like minded students who really want to reach their upper limits and really push themselves to become the leaders of tomorrow. The NCS most definitely has given me skills to cope with university, but also to become a leader and a person who cultivates change.”
Saadia joined us from Plashet and achieved A* / A / A at A Level. Knowing she wanted to follow a career in law, Saadia enjoyed the opportunities that our Emerging Talent Programme provided. She got to spend time in chambers and corporate law firms, eventually going on the week long work experience in Abu Dhabi.
All this exposure helped Saadia decide that she wanted to become a barrister, something she’s en route to accomplishing with her studies at LSE. “I think the main thing that I’ve taken from NCS is not to let your background limit you. And always dream big, no matter where you’ve come from, no matter that your life experiences are, you can always achieve something if you put your mind to it and nothing is ever too big.”
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