23 Jan Mayor of Newham visits Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre
Mayor of Newham visits Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre
Sir Robin Wales visited the Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (NCS) last week to observe classes and face a grilling by students.
The Mayor of Newham met with the head students and answered questions about what he thought of the centre and what life is like as mayor before addressing a cohort of students during an assembly.
The sixth form centre in Barking Road, East Ham, opened in September to provide an academic A level provision, specialising in mathematics and science, for the borough’s students who aspire to attend Oxford, Cambridge and prestigious universities across the world.
Sir Robin Wales said: “I am thrilled to witness the high level of critical thinking that is taking place at Newham Collegiate. This sixth form centre is providing a huge raft of opportunities for students not only academically, with the high calibre of teaching staff, but also through their partnership with University College London and with visits from industry experts from FTSE 500 companies.
“This centre is equipping our students with the ability to fly and we hope that they grasp these opportunities with both hands and go on to be leaders in their chosen fields. In that way they can make a long term, positive contribution to our community.”
The centre was founded by Newham Council and a group of Newham secondary schools – Cumberland, Kingsford, Lister, Little Ilford, Plashet, Rokeby, Royal Docks, Sarah Bonnell and Stratford School Academy and is based in the former technical college which underwent renovation before reopening at the beginning of the academic year.
Sixteen-year-old Amna Kheri, who is part of the head student team, told Sir Robin: “We’re really proud of Newham Collegiate. We wanted to push ourselves and NCS helps us do that. We’re competing not just in Newham, but with people from across the country.”
Principal Mouhssin Ismail added: “Our students were delighted to have the chance to meet Sir Robin, discuss his role as mayor and express their mutual pride in the role the NCS plays in providing them with the best A Level education and opportunities in Newham.”