3 years of outstanding
A Level Results

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Our fourth cohort continue to push boundaries and defy convention with another set of incredible A level results.

This year’s NCS students will go on to study at Ivy League and Russell Group universities – including MIT, Oxbridge, UCL, LSE, Imperial, and King’s College London – ready and focussed to move towards their dream careers due to the holistic education The NCS has provided them with..

We are delighted to report that our fourth cohort have once again achieved a superb set of A Level results. Their hard work and commitment along with the dedication and support of our specialist A Level teachers demonstrates the outstanding learning and teaching that takes place at The NCS. As the Good Schools Guide recently said:

“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.

– Good Schools Guide on The NCS

Delivering consistently outstanding A levels results is the mark of a world class institution! That’s why we are proud to report that over the last three years the NCS has managed to achieve 90%+ A*/B and 100% A*/C in a number of facilitating subjects including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English, Biology to name a few, and our Chemistry department have won the President’s Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for their outstanding results and opportunities within the subject.  For four years in a row, ALPS has ranked the NCS in the Top 1% of all state schools (including grammar schools) in the UK for student progress.  Simply put, this means NCS students achieve better A level results that 99% of all other schools when you compared students who have the same GCSE grades on entry. 

This year’s cohort also celebrated a record number of offers for Ivy League universities, Oxbridge, Medicine, and Dentistry, with 95% of students receiving an offer to study at a Russell Group University.  In addition, 5 students have offers for high profile degree apprenticeships from companies such KPMG, PWC and Dyson; offering bespoke internships, training and grants that will cover further education costs.

Watch and read some of the media coverage on The NCS

As our alumni prove in the films below, The NCS’ focus on a holistic education which features a mix of academic enrichment, soft skills development, and work placements, has helped stretch, challenge, and support our students in achieving their future dreams.

Our vision as educators is to inspire our students to go on to do what inspires them. Scroll down to watch the student and alumni stories below that prove that the work we’re doing in our community is having a real impact in improving social mobility and life chances of our students.

A2 & Alumni Student Stories

Nancy wanted more academic challenges.

The NCS met her intellectual curiosity.

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Sixth Form is more than just the syllabus. We pushed Nancy beyond the A Level content and provided her with plenty of enrichment activities to make her the perfect Oxbridge candidate.

Attending The NCS, Nancy soon discovered that her teachers wanted nothing but the best for her future. Knowing her love for maths and wanting to go on to Oxbridge, she was soon sitting undergraduate content in additional classes led by our exceptional staff.

Our links with Oxbridge allowed Nancy to visit the University of Oxford three times before she applyied to study there. She found our Oxbridge preparation sessions particularly useful, being led by our Oxbridge educated teachers made all the difference to her success at interview. “Oxbridge sessions are really unique to The NCS. I don’t even know where to start with how NCS has changed my life. I’m a completely different person leaving than I was when I joined the school two years ago. “

[Learn more about how we prepare students to apply to Oxbridge]

Samiya learned how to be in a professional environment at The NCS.

She’ll soon be starting a training contract with one of the biggest law firms in the world.

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Having your professional skills being built is one of the cornerstones of our Emerging Talent Programme. What Samiya learned and experienced in her two years at The NCS opened the door to one of the biggest corporate law firms in the world.

Samiya was a high achiever at A Level, having joined us from Sarah Bonnell. 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 tenure Samiya enjoyed workshops at a wide variety of corporate law firms, eventually landing a space on our international work experience with White & Case LLP. After impressing during the trip, it’s with them that she’ll be starting a training contract with as soon as she finishes her studies at LSE. “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.”

[Learn more about our Emerging Talent Programme]

Isuf loves maths, science, and space.

He’ll combine those passions at MIT.

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The NCS provided all the support Isuf needed to make a successful application to Ivy League universities in America.

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.”

[Learn more about our Elite University Preparation Programme]

Zereena’s teachers gave her the confidence to reach beyond her expectations.

As a result she became one of our first Oxbridge students.

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Zereena was one of the first students to benefit from the unique environment of The NCS. She emblazoned a path to the University of Oxford that has now become the norm for those within our walls.

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.”

[Learn more about our Oxbridge sessions]

Majida always knew she wanted to attend Cambridge.

At The NCS she found teachers who encouraged and supported her aims.

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Before she even expressed her Cambridge aim, Majida found that her teachers at The NCS recognised her abilities and suggested applying was something she should do. She’s now going into her final year of studying English at the university she dreamed of attending for years.

Majida joined us from Lister and achieved A* / A* / A at A Level. She still returns to The NCS regularly for continued advice from her teachers, but also to share her knowledge with our current student’s who are looking to follow her to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

She speaks eloquently of how the teaching style she was exposed to at The NCS is something that feels very familiar at Cambridge and a key factor as to why our students would really enjoy being able to study there too. “The NCS definitely becomes a kind of home and it is a really supporting and encouraging environment where you can really thrive.”

[Learn more about our Oxbridge sessions]

Ibrahim’s studies could’ve suffered.

Understanding teachers & technology helped him keep up with the class.

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NCS teachers made the difference for Ibrahim when life outside of school caused him to miss some lessons. As well as being accommodating and understanding, the online courses staff create for students allowed him to stay up to date with his class material.

Wanting to study medicine at university, Ibrahim worked through a difficult period with the support of The NCS. With every student receiving an iPad to aid their studies, he was able to access all of his lesson material and resources when forced to miss occasional lessons. His teachers were available via email and video tutoring on iTunes U wherever he was, meaning his studies didn’t suffer.

Back in school Ibrahim enjoyed all the preparation we provided for his medicine application to university. Thinking he would need to find and pay for his own interview courses, he was delighted to discover everything he needed was presented to him free of charge as part of our Elite University Preparation. “I found The NCS provided me as many mock interviews as I needed. And that was what made the difference. That was what allowed me to get into every university that I wanted to get into.”

[Learn more about technology for learning at The NCS]

[Learn more about our expert teaching staff]

Haseeb loved the holistic nature of studying at The NCS.

He’s now using those skills to become a doctor at UCL.

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In his NCS classes he was pushed beyond the syllabus and learned a wide range of soft skills, all of which he now uses daily as he studies medicine at UCL on the path to becoming a future leader in his profession.

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.”

[Learn more about our MedSchool preparation]

Saadia wanted a sixth form that allowed you to build a future for yourself.

She found that and more at The NCS.

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During her time at The NCS, Saadia worked just as hard outside of school. She spoke in the house of commons, was a member of youth parliament, and worked on Saadiq Khan’s mayoral campaign. She credits The NCS for the confidence and skills to do all of this.

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.”

[Learn more about our Emerging Talent Programme]

Lucy wanted a sixth form with a ‘Yes you can!’ environment.

She found it at The NCS.

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The NCS had everything Lucy was looking for in a sixth form. Caring and knowledgable teachers and an environment where aiming for the best future is the norm.

When visiting The NCS prior to joining, Lucy found our environment unique. She loved our attitude of being able to achieve anything if you put in the hard work. It immediately started to give her more confidence and helped her dream of where she could take herself in the future.

She also loved the teachers that she met. After enrolling those teachers helped her gain all the enrichment that The NCS is known for, including an exciting week long workshop at the University of Cambridge’s chemistry department. “The teachers were my main incentive to come to NCS. Because I could see that they genuinely care about you and also they really care about the subjects. So you know that you’re getting a really good, first of all, teaching of the content, but also being extended beyond the specification.”

[Learn more about our expert teachers]

Tafsia always knew she wanted to go into STEM.

She’s now studying at MIT in America.

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At The NCS Tafsia quickly learned that if you put in the work, there’s nothing to limit your ambition. At MIT in America – the world’s greatest university – she’s learning how to change the world via science, technology, and maths.

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.”

[Learn more about our Elite University Preparation Programme]

[Learn more about Tafsia’s story]

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.

Key 2019 Statistics

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5 students on degree apprenticeship programmes (KPMG, PWC, Dyson)

View students achieving top grades

Nancy Palumbo A*A*A – University of Oxford
Muhammad Faran Sarwar A*A*A*A* – University of Cambridge
Emteaz Hassan A*A*A*A – University of Cambridge
Shrujal Jain A*A*A*A – Imperial College London
Ayesha Khan A*A*A* – Imperial College London
Fardeen Ahmed A*A*AA – University of Oxford
Ibrahim Ansar A*AA – Keele University
Ornob Miah A*A*A – St Georges, University of London
Ashni Rathod A*A*A – UCL
Ahnaf Farabi A*A*AA – University of Oxford
Minhajur Rahman A*AA – University of Oxford
Muaz Nawaz A*A*A – University of Oxford
Ali Lakdawala A*A*A
Saynab Omar A*A*A*A – Imperial College London
Shakeela Akhtar A*A*A – Imperial College London
Imdad Kadir A*A*A*AA – Imperial College London
Yasin Shaikh AAA – University of Oxford
Maheep Ghuman A*A*A – Imperial College London
Farjana Salik A*A*A – University of Cambridge
Maher Uddin A*A*A*A – University of Cambridge
Rahat Uddin A*AA – University of Cambridge
Mohammed Isuf Ahmed A*A*A*A – MIT
Jigyasa Madan A*A*A* – Imperial College London
Khadija Ahmed A*A*A – University of Warwick
Emira Mahrin A*A*A – University of Bristol
Zanab Shams A*A*AA – University of Cambridge
Zubida Mukhtar A*A*A*A – University of Oxford

What ingredients help our students succeed?

We see the two years of A Level study as more than just learning a syllabus.

Our aim is to push, stretch, challenge, and support our students as they investigate areas of interest, potential career paths, and a deeper understanding of the subjects that they love.

There are many ways in which we accomplish this and our approach is tailored to each individual student. Some key components include:

Outstanding Teachers

Our greatest asset are our highly skilled, caring and supportive teachers who believe strongly in The NCS vision and are dedicated to ensuring our students are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Our outstanding results could not be achieved without the high quality, personalised learning and teaching that takes place on a daily basis, not to mention the regular and scheduled intervention classes ensuring that no NCS student is left behind. A number of Oxbridge graduates on our staff provide regular preparation sessions for University applications and interviews.

Elite University Preparation

SAT Preparation at The NCS in London UK

The entire world of further education is open to all NCS students and we will provide you with the resources to explore choices and support you prepare the very best applications for university possible.

Our aim is to help and assist you to achieve your deserved next step. Whether that’s a Russell Group university, Oxbridge, an Ivy League education in the USA or work placement / industry programmes across the world, The NCS has the capacity and capabilities to help you realise your ambitions.

Soft Skills and Industry Workshops

In today’s world it’s not enough to just have a set of amazing grades. To stand out from the crowd you need to be able to present yourself in a professional and articulate manner. We see it as vital that we develop students’ soft skills, confidence and critical thinking. To help us achieve this we work with industry partners to run workshops and masterclasses on important soft skills such as CV writing, presentation, team work and problem solving.

Emerging Talent Programme

NCS work experience in an NHS Hospital

Our students benefit immensely from our Emerging Talent Programme which has been created to give NCS students an insight into the career they have decided to pursue. It’s been designed in conjunction with industry and academic experts. The key areas it focusses on are Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Law, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry.

Students will gain work experience amongst our pool of industry partners and receive mentoring from NCS ambassadors. Those interested in a career in medicine or dentistry will be guaranteed  experience in NHS hospitals and private practices given they have the qualifying grade profile.

In our student profiles above, you’ll notice how students speak of the programme helping to cement their choices for further study at university. Over the summer months some students have also taken part in unique all expenses paid trips. You can read reports on these experience by clicking the links below.

[Law work placement in Abu Dhabi – student report 2018]

[Science in Japan – student report]

[Humanities trip to the USA]

World Class 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 as part of our promise to provide students with a holistic and well-rounded education. 

Our students are routinely exposed to the latest thinking and discourse from a range of different areas, ranging from political philosophy to science of the brain. Our lecture programme has been designed to enhance our super curriculum and provide our students with an alternative perspective to some of the material they have been exposed to during their lessons, giving them a depth and breadth of knowledge beyond A level studies.

Technology for Learning

Every student at The NCS receives an iPad as a core tool to aid their learning. With each device comes the majority of study textbooks, full course outlines, documents and tasks set for lessons and for further study. Students are able to interact with their live lessons to ensure that their learning is personalised to them, gaining the most from their teachers with support for extra material to help stretch understanding beyond the syllabus.

You can watch a video about our use of technology and hear the students talking about their experiences by clicking the button below.

Discover more about how we help students achieve academically and professionally