The NCS receives high praise from the Good Schools Guide: “For us, this is the real deal.”


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The NCS receives high praise from the Good Schools Guide: “For us, this is the real deal.”

“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. There are two irreducibles here: the enthusiasm and hard work of the pupils, and the way they are storming every educational citadel that confronts them.”

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. For those not well acquainted with the guide it’s an independent service that aims to help students and their families decide on which schools are most suitable for their needs. The Daily Telegraph says that the guide is, “Unique among the many guides available, it sets out to give frank answers to the questions every parent asks.”

Last month the guide published its thoughts on us. Here are a few highlights:

“In 2017, their second ever A level cohort scored 88 per cent A*-B and 99 per cent A*-C, trumping many of the local grammar and independent schools. Unlike so many schools, state and independent, NCS is taking no shortcuts to get this kind of success.
“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.”
“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 are two irreducibles here: the enthusiasm and hard work of the pupils, and the way they are storming every educational citadel that confronts them. Of course, there is a concentration of talent – both of teachers and students – but that’s just the start.”
“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.”

We’re delighted that the team at The Good Schools Guide have recognised the successes that The NCS is delivering for students in Newham and the surrounding areas. From our passionate, dedicated, and expert teachers, through to the innovative support with careers, workshops, placements, and unique international experiences; this review verifies that The NCS is a top tier educational institution that encourages and supports ambitions for every young person that enrols with us. 

Furthermore it also reinforces the fact that The NCS offers a level education and preparation for universities that is comparable with some of the nine elite independent schools. The table below shows how the NCS compared with a select group of Clarendon Schools on our 2017 results:

The NCS vs Clarendon Schools - 2017 results