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“We inspire students and staff to do what inspires them; empowering all to make a positive and lasting contribution to society.”

NCS ranked in the TOP 1% of UK Schools for value added (ALPS Report)

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.

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.

NCS student Tafsia earns a place to study at MIT

The NCS is delighted to share the news that along with our 9 Oxbridge offers, year 13 student Tafsia Shikdar has received an offer of a place to study at MIT – the number 1 ranked university in the world for science and technology. Read her story and watch her reaction to her offer!

``MIT has had so many notable alumni, it’s going to be a huge inspiration just being there following in the footsteps of so many greats. It really makes you feel as though you could do something special as well.``

What are current leaders saying about The NCS? 

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.

Leading teaching professionals

Our greatest asset are 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 A2 results are testimony to the commitment, expertise and teaching of our staff.

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.

A wealth of opportunities!

See everything our students have benefitted from on our opportunity timeline

Ed Miliband engages NCS students with a lively talk on politics

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 (Class of 2017)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

City of London Academies Trust

The NCS has joined the City of London Academies Trust.

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.

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.

2017 A Level Results

We are delighted to report that the second cohort of NCS students have achieved outstanding results in their A2 exams. A headline figure of 88% A*/B GRADES (NATIONAL AVERAGE 53%) AND 99% A*-C GRADES (NATIONAL AVERAGE 77%), validating the ‘OUTSTANDING’ judgement reached by a team of Ofsted inspectors who visited The NCS in 2016. These results place us in the top 15 A level providers (including grammar schools) in the UK.

95% of our students received an offer of a place at a Russell Group University, 9 students received offers to study at Oxbridge, 5 were offered places on prestigious programmes with KPMG & PwC and 1 student is now studying at MIT in the United States.


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*Provisional figures which may change subject to examination queries.