90% A*-B

99% A*-C

For the third year, NCS students rise to the challenge with another superb set of A Level results.

We are delighted to report that our third 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

A headline figure of 90% A* / B grades (National average 54%) and 99% A*-C grades (National average 77%) builds on last year’s stunning results and validates the ‘Outstanding’ judgement reached by a team of Ofsted inspectors who visited The NCS in 2016 and places us in the Top 10 of all state schools (including grammar schools) in the UK.

This year’s cohort have celebrated over 30 offers for Oxbridge, Medicine, and Dentistry, with 95% of students again receiving an offer to study at a Russell Group University this year. In addition, 3 students have offers for the KPMG School Leaver Programme or the PwC Flying Start Programme, offering bespoke internships, training and grants that will cover further education costs.

Watch and read some of the media coverage on The NCS

Our vision as educators is to inspire our students to go on to do what inspires them, and once again with these results we can proudly say that The NCS’ mix of academics, soft skills development, and work placements has helped stretch, challenge, and support our students to the next step in achieving their future dreams. 

We’d love to share with you some of our students’ stories. Keep scrolling down to watch them tell you about their time as an NCS student and what they’ll now be going on to do.

A2 Student Stories

“Having Oxbridge teachers at The NCS who talk to us a lot about things beyond the curriculum was amazing in terms of pushing and challenging us. It stretched us to what an Oxbridge or Russell Group student should be like.”
“I’m really glad that at The NCS lectures are pushed, because it really gave me a chance to explore the medical field and also because I have a passion for science. It helped me decide whether medicine is the route that I want to take. Meeting so many leaders in the field I’m interested in and having spent hours reading about, it’s incredible; an experience that I never thought I’d have.”
“The Super Curriculum and Lectures are really helpful for providing evidence to universities that we’ve gone above and beyond what’s expected of us and that we have a real passion for a subject.”
“The biggest way the teachers pushed us was the way we thought about things. I didn’t realise how you’re supposed to look at history or politics until I did those Oxbridge tutorials. They encouraged us to expand the way we think and I think that’s such an important skill to have.”
“Studying medicine is something that has become cemented since coming to this school. Work placements were organised for me. I had a one week work placement at Barnet Hospital. During the placement I shadowed a surgeon in the orthopaedics department.”
“All the teachers here have done a degree at a top university. They know their subject. If you want to talk to them about something beyond the specification, you can just go and talk to them. They’re all very approachable.”

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 2018 Statistics


NCS A*-B Grades

NCS A*-B Grades 20180%

National Average A*-B Grades 20180%


NCS A*-C Grades

NCS A*-C Grades 20180%

National Average A*-C Grades 20180%


% of students received an offer to study at a Russell Group University


more than

students receiving offers to study at Oxbridge, Medicine, and Dentistry


students received an offer to study on the KPMG School Leaver Programme or the PwC Flying Start Programme

Disclaimer: All grade % stated are provisional figures which may change subject to examination queries

View students achieving top grades

Suhaib Ali A* A* A*
Iram Farooqui A* A* A*
Lukenny Tinta A* A* A*
Edi Rama A* A* A* A
Shayan Talaimojah A* A* A*
Sara Ali A* A* A
Hamza Arafat A* A* A A
Ritik Atwal A* A* A
Aqib Chowdhury A* A* A
Roxana Cosma A* A* A
Nozrul Islam A* A* A
Muhammad Karim A* A* A
Muhammad Sajid Maricar A* A* A
Yasin Mohammed A* A* A
Rebecca Nam A* A* A
Ayesha Patel A* A* A
Dibakor Paul A* A* A
Ekpreet Sahota A* A* A
Aliyah Saleem A* A* A*
Zayd Sufi A* A* A
Sufian Uddin A* A* A

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.

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]

Oxbridge and Ivy League Preparation

Every year NCS students have gained offers to study at Oxbridge due, in part, to our weekly preparation and tutorial sessions. Teaching staff who themselves studied at either Oxford or Cambridge, guide students through the demands of the application process. From developing critical thinking, to training on debating and oral skills, to mock interviews and entrance exams; The NCS will prepare those students with the ambitions to attend Oxbridge with the tools they need to succeed.

This year we’ve also introduced our Ivy League preparation programme for those who wish to follow in the footsteps of NCS Alumni Tafsia Shikdar in going to study at MIT in America, as well as other institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Caltech. Launching in the summer term of 2018, ten students had a break-out week of intense SAT entrance exam workshop with a specialist American tutor working with The NCS. You can watch a video about this by clicking the button below.

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.

Support Beyond The NCS

Our students may leave after two years, but the support they get from us doesn’t end when they go to university. Our doors are always open to our alumni and in the past year we’ve continued to provide help and advice.

We caught up with some of our former students and wanted to share their continuing story with you. Keep scrolling to watch their videos.

Where can The NCS take you after A Levels?

Tafsia joined us from Sarah Bonnell and achieved A* / A* / A* / A* / A at A Level. She now studies Mathematics at MIT in America – recently rated the best university in the world. In our catchup she talks about settling into her new life and how she still comes across elements of math that her teachers taught her at The NCS.
Abdulkadir joined us from Langdon and achieved A* / A* / A* / A* grades at A Level. He now studies Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In this video he talks about how The NCS gave him the support and confidence to apply to Cambridge, and how he’s now studying some of the higher reading articles his NCS teachers gave him to look over during his A Levels.
Zereena achieved A / A / A grades at A Level. She is now studying English at Oxford University. In this video she talks about her new studies, how The NCS helped her and delivers a message to anyone who dreams of following her to Oxbridge.
Umar achieved A* / A / A grades at A Level. He now studies medicine at Newcastle University. In this video he talks about how his life has changed since leaving The NCS and how the skills he developed have proven useful at university.