Welcome to The NCS

“We inspire students and staff to do what inspires them; empowering all to make a positive and lasting contribution to society.”

Our aim at the NCS is clear and specific;

To provide outstanding A Level education and examination results for able students in Newham and East London to enable them to progress to the most competitive universities, including Oxford and Cambridge as well as prestigious universities world wide.

We opened in September 2014 and are based in stunning Grade 2 listed buildings in East Ham with excellent resources and facilities to support outstanding A Level teaching and learning. Most importantly, expert teachers who have been educated at some of the most respected UK universities will help you get the best possible A Level results allowing you to access the world’s best Universities or high status School Leaver Programmes. Within four years we’ve established a reputation as being one of the best sixth forms in London and the UK, with many media outlets talking about our work in supporting our students to realise their true potential.

95% of our most recent cohort received offers from Russell Group universities, a year which also saw us send our first student to continue studies at MIT in America. According to our most recent ALPs Report, we are ranked in the top 1% of all UK schools for value added which validates the exceptional and outstanding quality of teaching at the NCS.

These outcomes demonstrate we are starting to have a profound effect on improving social mobility, improving the life chances of our young people and their families.

The NCS is part of the City of London Academies Trust and is the academic A Level centre for a group of Newham Schools – Cumberland, Kingsford, Lister, Little Ilford, Plashet, Rokeby, Royal Docks, Sarah Bonnell and Stratford School Academy. We also warmly welcome applications from many other secondary schools either in the borough or from other areas.

Good Schools Guide

“For us, this is the real deal.”

– The Good Schools Guide delivers high praise for The NCS and its support of students

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.

“There is a real sense that the school is replicating many of the outstanding features of a private school education, providing its students with opportunities that would not necessarily be available in a normal state school.”

“If NCS continues to deliver in the way in which it has begun, it will be the standard bearer for a whole new generation of schools.”

“The staff (39 of them, two-thirds Oxbridge- educated themselves) are teaching right to the top end, and clearly to great effect.”

“There was lots of relaxed interchange between teachers and students, and plenty of smiles but, underneath it all, it was impossible not to recognise the deep ambition of everyone there.

“It’s a humane and imaginative society, as well as an academic powerhouse: a combination which should make a great many fee-paying schools sit up and take notice. For us, this is the real deal.

Current news highlights

Ivy League Preparation Programme trip to the USA. Watch the film now!

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The NCS chemistry department awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's President's Award

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Acing the US Scholastic Aptitude Test, The NCS provides unparalleled support to students applying to study at American Ivy League Universities

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Our 2018 A2 Results were amongst the best in the UK with 90% A*-B and 99% A*-C

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NCS student Selina Begum is the first state school student to win Best Individual Speaker at Eton Debating Competition

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Tafsia Shikdar becomes the first Newham student to earn a place at MIT in America

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What makes The NCS so special?

Our greatest asset are our

highly qualified,
and dedicated teachers

who are all

experts in their field
with a fantastic track record of academic excellence and success at A Level.

Leading Teaching Professionals

Learn more about our teachers

Learning at The NCS

...but there's more to your NCS studies...

Find out more about our curriculum

The NCS offers an A Level curriculum in the core and facilitating subjects recommended by leading universities. We currently provide courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English (Lit), Further Maths, Geography, Government & Politics, History, Maths, Physics, P.R.E (Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics) and Psychology.




Following advice from the best universities, our Super Curriculum has been designed to allow our students to become deep thinkers, critical enquirers and intellectual risk takers. What we have devised will fill the void that currently exists and make you more attractive to the most competitive universities.

Find out more about our Super Curriculum

Study beyond your usual subjects!

Courses offered include; Engineering, Great Thinkers in History, Advanced Mathematics – Problem Solving, Classical Civilisation & Latin, Feminism in the 21st Century, History of Art, Coding & Computer Science.

Abu Dhabi work placement


Soft Skills

Shadow NHS Consultants

New York

25 Bedford Row Chambers

SAT Training

Studying in the USA






Norton Rose Fulbright

Civil Servants



White and Case


Work Placements

UCL Engineering Club



Bar Mock Trial



BMAT / UKCAT / LNAT Training


American Politics experience

Oxbridge Preparation




Emerging Talent Programme

Medicine and Dentistry



Accountancy, Banking and Finance

We develop your personal confidence, soft skills and leadership through our various development programmes, provide in-house training on entrance examinations such as the BMAT/UKCAT/SAT/ACT, and have a comprehensive Oxbridge preparation programme.

Find about our Emerging Talent Programme

Our Emerging Talent Programme will help you gain entry to careers such as:

See who's speaking at The NCS and watch full lectures

The NCS is privileged to be able to welcome high profile guest speakers from the world of academia and industry to share their knowledge and experiences with NCS students. Our lecture programme has been designed to provide our students with an alternative perspective to some of the material they have been exposed to during their lessons.

NCS Lecture Programme

Technology for Learning

Technology permeates every aspect of sixth form life at The NCS.

Discover how we use technology to enhance learning

Every student receives an iPad as our tool of choice allowing them to take a lead on learning in collaboration with their teachers. Together they co-construct learning to accelerate progress and development.

Meet our Ambassadors

Our commitment to helping you gain the best placements, positions and futures has led to the establishment of the NCS Ambassadors Network.

These successful young people have all been previously supported and guided by the same staff that teach and shape the learning experience at The NCS. Their successes in their studies and subsequent careers has led them to want to give back to the communities that they grew up in; providing guidance and mentoring to those young adults making the same choices they once did.

Expect real world advice from those who are successfully living their dreams; from how to handle applications and entrance interviews, to studying and living abroad, to guiding you in choices that you can make now to aid your long term career.

NCS Ambassadors

2018 A Level Results

Learn more about our success and watch the videos

We are delighted to report that the third cohort of NCS students have achieved outstanding results in their A Level exams. A headline figure of 90% A*/B GRADES and 99% A*-C GRADES. These results place us in the top 10 A level providers (including grammar schools) in the UK.





Our Students

Our Alumni

Meet our studentsMeet our alumni

Our students attend The NCS from all over London to enjoy the immense benefits we offer.

Discover why they chose us and what they thought once they arrived by watching their video profiles.

Where can The NCS take you once A Level studies end?

Meet our alumni who have gone on to study at prestigious universities such as MIT, Oxbridge, and LSE to name a few! Watch their profiles and catch up stories.

What are current leaders saying about The NCS? 

UCL Partnership

The NCS is delighted to enjoy a Strategic Partnership with UCL, one of the world’s leading universities. The Partnership, which was established in 2014 just after the NCS opened, has already brought immense benefits to both students and staff at the NCS.

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