Newham Collegiate
Sixth Form Centre


A specialist centre for Science and Mathematics

 In strategic partnership with
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.”

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Our aim at the NCS is clear and specific;

To provide outstanding A Level education and examination results for able local students to enable them to progress to the best and most competitive universities, including Oxford and Cambridge and other prestigious universities world wide.

We opened in September 2014 and are based in stunning Grade 2 listed buildings in East Ham with excellent resources to support outstanding A Level teaching and learning, and most importantly, expert teachers who will help you get the best possible A Level results.

Find out about The NCS Vision

Working in partnership with Newham Council, the NCS 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.

What are current leaders saying about The NCS? 

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Meet our students

Our first cohort of students and those who have joined this year are already seeing the immense benefits of choosing the NCS. We get incredible feedback from those students who’ve chosen the NCS as the place to study for their A Levels. Here’s just some of what they have to say:

“The NCS evokes a compelling ethos in which we as young adults can thrive.” 

“With outstanding teachers, tailored enrichment opportunities and the best possible facilities at our disposal, The NCS provides the ideal learning environment without a doubt.”

“I came to The NCS and the atmosphere is so good. As a student you don’t just want your grades to be amazing, you want to be a well rounded individual and I like the fact NCS puts emphasis on that and helps you achieve it.”

Click the button below to watch video profiles and discover more of what they really think.

Meet our students
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Leading teaching professionals

Our greatest asset is our highly qualified, talented and dedicated teachers who are experts in their field with a fantastic track record of academic excellence and success at A Level.

We pride ourselves on planning challenging, innovative and dynamic lessons that ensure our students make exceptional progress during their time at the NCS. Moreover, we know that outstanding A level results and a good University degree are no longer enough to cope with the demands of the 21st Century. This is why through our lessons and our broader curriculum, our teachers develop in our students the ability to seek out new opportunities, think creatively and successfully adapt to and conquer changing environments and challenges. Our outstanding first set of AS results are testimony to the commitment, expertise and teaching of our staff.

Meet our staff
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NCS 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 previously been in your position and made the most of the opportunities presented to them. They are all from East London and 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.

Meet our ambassadors

Ed Miliband engages NCS students with a lively talk on politics

"My one piece of advice would be follow your dreams. Follow your ambitions, follow your dreams and don’t let people say that because you didn’t go to a private school, because of the background that you’ve come from that you can’t achieve them"

The former Labour party leader spent the afternoon of 25th April 2016 visiting students at The NCS as part of our Lecture Programme where he led a lively discussion on what politics means to him and the importance of political youth engagement.

Newly relaxed in what he described as “his new role”, Mr Miliband stood at the front of our entire student body and delivered a speech on his experiences and career that covered how he found interest in politics, why it’s important and how political change happens. He then continued taking questions from the students on a wide range of issues and engaged in conversation for nearly an hour.

Click the button below to read our full write up, discover the student’s view and watch the video of Mr Miliband’s visit.

``Ed's speech was one of immense value. It was highly refreshing to witness a politician directly engaging with young minds, emphasising the importance of youth voice. It undoubtedly inspired many in the room, to the point where I am certain that politics is the right career path for me! It is definitely true to say that he left an everlasting impression on the NCS.`` – Saadia (Year 12)
Watch the full lecture & see photos

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Learning at The NCS

Learning in EnglishThe NCS offers an A Level curriculum in the core and facilitating subjects recommended by leading universities. We currently provide courses in Maths, Further Maths, English (Lit), Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government & Politics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. You can find out more details about these courses along with advice on how to choose your A-Level subjects on our curriculum page.

Find out more about our curriculum

Your A Level studies are extremely important, but there is more to studying these at The NCS. We also offer exciting opportunities for learning beyond A Level and to prepare you for University and high-profile companies. 

In our first year, The NCS facilitated:

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Over 30 NCS organised Work Placements

The NCS provides work placements with some of the leading companies in the UK due to the extensive contact list we have.  We guarantee our prospective medicine students (providing they have the grade profile) a work placement either shadowing consultants at leading London Hospitals or in GP surgeries in the local area.  We have arranged for our budding lawyers to spend time shadowing some of the leading barristers in the country as well as work on many cutting edge commercial and corporate deals in ‘magic/silver circle’ law firms.  However, our reach does not stop here, we have successfully arranged for many of our students to be given work related experiences in many fields fulfilling our commitment to them when they joined us.

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Over 35 Soft Skills & Industry workshops

Attaining outstanding A levels is no longer enough and it’s important that students develop and enhance their personal, ‘soft’ skills to give them a competitive advantage when it comes to interviews or public speaking.  Our soft skills programme is designed in conjunction with, and delivered by high profile companies from a wide range of industry sectors.

We also believe that our students can be taught industry specific concepts and ideas well before they join their chosen profession.  NCS students routinely have an opportunity to hear from experts in their field and grapple with some of the ‘big ideas’ well before it’s expected of them.

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Over 17 Educational Trips

There are many educational trips during the course of the academic year which enhance the learning experience for our students.  Our History and Politics students have had an opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Brussels as guests of Seb Dance MEP.  Our science students have worked on a unique UK-Japan Science project which involved meeting and working with Japanese students at Cambridge University and then spending two weeks in Japan collaborating with world renowned scientist, presenting their findings to a panel of esteemed academics at Kyoto University.  Please take some time to look at our ‘Opportunity Time line’ to get a flavour of the many educational trips that have taken place.

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Introducing The NCS Super Curriculum

Our Super Curriculum has been designed to allow our students to become deep thinkers, critical enquirers and intellectual risk takers. The super curriculum comprises of our own U-Study programme, the NCS lecture series and NCS facilitated master classes.

Discover the NCS Super Curriculum
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Preparing your future career

We have our own Emerging Talent programmes to help you gain entry to careers such as Accountancy, Banking & Finance, Law, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry. We develop your personal confidence and leadership through our various skills development programmes, and provide in-house training on entrance examinations such as the BMAT/UKCAT.

Discover the Emerging Talent Programme
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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.

Discover more about our UCL partnership
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NCS Lecture Programme

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 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.

See who's speaking at The NCS

The students view of the lectures that they’ve received:

An engaging, motivating and inspirational speech from a strong, independent leader.
It was a pleasure to meet a high profile politician who enabled me to widen my knowledge in this subject area.
Watch full lectures

One year in…

We are delighted to report that our first cohort of NCS students have achieved outstanding results in their AS exams, a headline figure of 65% A/B grades (National Average 40%) and 85% A/C* (National Average 60%), validating the ‘Outstanding’ judgment reached by an independent external inspector commissioned by the NCS.

This is now an excellent springboard for our students to go on to achieve even better A2 results next year. From our experience working in outstanding Sixth Forms we have found there is usually a significant improvement in grades from AS to A2. With this in mind our AS results give our students an excellent foundation to secure some of the best A Level results nationally next summer and we can now look forward to achieving 85+% A*/B grades at A2 (National Average 53%) and over 95% A*/C grades at A2 (National Average 77%).

AS Grade A/B % – The NCS Vs. National Average

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*Provisional figures which may change subject to examination queries.

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A wealth of opportunities!

See everything our students have benefitted from on our opportunity timeline

Recent news from The NCS

  • Lord Robert Winston visits NCS Scientists

    The NCS were extremely privileged to welcome Lord Robert Winston as part of our unrivalled Lecture Programme. Most of you will recognise Lord Winston from his work on TV. He produces and presents documentaries on the human science for the BBC; most notably following a group of millennial babies throughout their lives in “Child of our Time” and the Bafta winning “The Human Body”. However his career as a scientist is also one of distinction as the pioneer of what we now know as IVF fertility treatment....

  • Ed Miliband engages NCS students with a lively talk on politics – video

    Former Labour leader Ed Miliband recently spent an afternoon at The NCS with our a level students to discuss his career, politics and current issues....

  • Year 12 student Safah Ahmed wins second prize in prestigious poetry competition

    Everyone at The NCS would like to send a huge message of congratulations to Year 12 student Safah Ahmed who won second prize in the prestigious Tower Poetry competition with her poem “Accent” at a prize giving in Oxford yesterday (April 20th). Tower Poetry exists......

  • The Sixth Voice – Issue 2 – NCS Student Newspaper

    The second issue of our student newspaper THE SIXTH VOICE is now available to download for free. Click the image below to access the pdf version of the paper. Click here to read now!  ...

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    Hussain is a 24 year old from East Ham who in 2018 will become the first British Muslim to go into Space – his prize for winning the global One Young World summit. In this talk he discusses his journey from working on the Olympic Torch relay, to climbing Kilimanjaro & finding himself caught in the world of celebrity after launching a YouTube channel. Hussain aims to highlight mental health and wellbeing through his work and also to inspire others to make the most of opportunities and give back no matter where your journey may take you. We look forward to welcoming Hussain back to The NCS in the future....