Staff Profiles

Below you can find out more about our incredible teaching staff and their superb track records at delivering impressive results at A-Level. We’ve posted videos alongside many of our teacher profiles so you can actually hear from them directly and see them at work.

Leadership Team

Mr Mouhssin Ismail – Principal

LLB (Hons), LLM (Lon), PGCE

The NCS appoints its first Principal: We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Ismail as the first Principal at the NCS. He was previously Director of Sixth Form at Seven Kings High School, one of the most successful sixth forms in London.

He was born and grew up in East London and he knows the importance of a good education only too well; following his school and university studies, he became a successful lawyer. Mr. Ismail then decided that he wanted to help other local young people enjoy the same benefits that academic success can bring and became a teacher at Seven Kings High School. He quickly proved himself an outstanding Economics teacher and gained rapid promotion to the post of Director of Sixth Form at Seven Kings.

Mr. Ismail is also a very talented cricketer (he has played for Essex!) but now he has set his sights on making the NCS one of the country’s leading A Level centres. He brings all his experience and success of leading a Sixth Form to the NCS and is a man with a mission. Here he gives us an insight into his plans.

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Why have you joined The NCS as Principal?

“I believe in the transformational nature of education and I want to give the most able students of Newham the very best chance of going to the most competitive universities in the country and abroad. The NCS embodies everything I believe education should be about and with its state of the art facilities, cutting edge technology and world class learning and teaching you have a recipe for excellence and success at all levels.”

What is your vision for The NCS?

“My vision for The NCS is to make sure that the young men and women that leave us have the skills and habits of mind to be able to become future leaders in their chosen profession and in society at large. They will be confident visionaries who seek out opportunities and find new ways of thinking.”

What is your biggest challenge?

“My biggest challenge is convincing young people and parents about the potential of the NCS in the short period of time I have until we open. However, in my recent contact with students from partner schools and beyond I am beginning to see views change. It is true that whilst the NCS itself as a Sixth Form does not yet have published results, the world class teachers joining the NCS come with an outstanding record of delivering some of the best A Level results in the country.

The quality of education depends on the collective skills and effort of the teachers, and I am putting together a formidable team. My question to all students and parents is come along to our events and hear what we have to offer and then make decision. The question is not why should I come to the NCS, but rather can you really afford not?”

Why should ambitious students join The NCS?

“World class teaching, outstanding teacher results, state of the art facilities, an unparalleled extra/super curricular programme, links with the best universities and most prestigious companies in the UK, other highly ambitious and talented students and a contact list that is unrivalled. Why wouldn’t you come?”

What is the key to creating an outstanding Sixth Form?

“The key to creating an outstanding sixth form is having dynamic and inspiring teachers who go the extra mile to give their students the very best experience. You have to give students the confidence to believe that they can achieve their ambitions and dreams and any obstacles they may face can be overcome with support. A Sixth Form should inculcate a love of learning and celebrate scholarship and high academic achievement. If you can get these key ingredients right then the rest will all fall in to place.

It is a big decision for students to make, but I am completely confident that the NCS is going to become an outstanding Sixth Form and a leading centre for A Level excellence and success. I hope you share my ambition and I look forward to meeting you soon.”


Ms A Lomax – Deputy Principal

BA (Hons) Sociology, PGCE (Social Sciences)

Why I joined The NCS?

I am excited by the challenge of creating an academically high achieving and innovative Sixth Form Centre that students in Newham will aspire to be part of. At the moment many of the most gifted students in Newham go outside the borough for their post 16 education which is a loss to the local community.

The NCS will focus on delivering traditional A Levels and an extracurricular programme that provides opportunities for personal and social development that will prepare young people in Newham with the knowledge, skills and experiences to join Russell group universities or internships within high status professions and companies.

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Qualifications

University of Leeds BA (Hons) Sociology; University of Leicester PGCE (Social Sciences)

Previous school & Role

Seven Kings High School, Ley Street, Ilford, Essex IG2 7BT

Head of Sixth Form

Experience of teaching KS5

• Over 13 years of A level experience teaching Sociology & Psychology

• Head of Sixth Form – Seven Kings High School

• Head of Department (Seven Kings Sixth Form) – Psychology and Sociology

Track record

• Sociology results for 2013 were 50% A*/A and 72% A*-B

• Sociology results for 2012 were 48% A*/A and 74% A*-B

• Sociology results for 2011 were 50% A*/A and 83% A*-B

My results are consistently outstanding with students achieving beyond their minimum grade. Achieving grades A*-B has meant that the majority of my students’ received places at Russell Group Universities. As Head of Sixth Form I developed strong links with Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities where students were able to participate in master classes and revision classes led by undergraduates as well as being selected for summer school programmes.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

Welcome to the NCS. My promise to you is that you will receive a challenging and enriching experience during your 2 years at the NCS. You will be taught by outstanding teachers who are passionate about their subjects and who will inspire you to achieve. You will be taught in an academic learning environment which has cutting edge facilities and where you will be expected to challenge yourself. Our philosophy at the NCS is that education is the route to upward social mobility and an education at NCS will provide you with the tools and experiences that will prepare you to occupy future leadership positions in the professions and society. If our aspirations and beliefs match your own then take the time to look at our website and make an application. I look forward to meeting you.


Ms K Law – Assistant Principal

BA (Hons) Mathematics, MA (Oxon), PGCE

Why I joined The NCS?

I am passionate about teaching Mathematics and I am committed to offering the best to students in East London. I strongly believe that students at the NCS will receive a learning experience second to none and I am incredibly excited to lead the Mathematics department in this. The NCS is committed to giving students the best opportunity of making successful applications to top universities. I fully share in this vision having attended a state school and gone on to study Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

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Qualifications

University of Oxford, New College, Mathematics BA (Hons) MA (Oxon),

King’s College London PGCE (Mathematics)

Previous school & Role

• Seven Kings High School

• Teacher Mentor & Head of KS5 Mathematics

Experience of teaching KS5

• 9 years experience teaching A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Track record

• Mathematics results for 2013 were 37% A*/A and 67% A*-B

• Mathematics results for 2012 were 42% A*/A and 64% A*-B

• Mathematics results for 2011 were 45% A*/A and 69% A*-B

A significant number of students from my Mathematics and Further Mathematics classes go on to study Mathematics at Russell group universities.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

A huge welcome to the NCS – arguably the most exciting place to study in East London. We aim to inspire you and help you to develop valuable skills in Mathematics and your wider thinking. The teachers of the Mathematics department are dedicated and passionate and will focus on innovative teaching and learning techniques so that your lessons are clear, structured and challenging. Your A levels are a bridge to the next phase of your life and we will strive to equip you with the skills needed for your future studies and beyond.

Science

Mr G Sanhotra – Head of Sciences

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, PGCE, MCT, MCP

Why I joined The NCS?

I made the decision to join the NCS because I wanted to create and lead an outstanding Science department whose goal is to empower students with the tools to become the future leaders of tomorrow. I was born and educated in Newham (Little Ilford School) so I fully understand the demands faced by Newham students. I was extremely impressed with the NCS’s outstanding facilities, vision and commitment to providing world class learning and teaching to the most able students in Newham and surrounding boroughs.

With over 20 years of teaching experience and a track record of outstanding science results, I instantly knew NCS was the place where I wanted to work. I am passionate and committed to providing NCS students with a wide range of extra-curricular science opportunities that stretch and challenge them to allow my students attend the most competitive universities in this country and abroad.

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Qualifications

Queen Mary & Westfield College (QMW) Chemistry BSc (Hons), Kings’ College London PGCE, MCT, MCP

Previous school & Role

Seven Kings High School, Ley Street, Ilford, Essex IG2 7BT

Head of KS5 Chemistry and Teacher Mentor

Experience of teaching KS5

• Taught A Level Chemistry for over 20 years

• Head of Chemistry at Seven Kings High School

Track record

• Chemistry results for 2013 were 37% A*/A and 68% A*-B

• Chemistry results for 2012 were 42% A*/A and 74% A*-B

I have a track record of delivering outstanding results with many of my students progressing onto Russell Group universities. I have also developed strong links with many of the leading universities in London and have given my students opportunities to participate in outreach programmes as well as science competitions and challenges.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

Choosing a sixth form is not a decision to be taken lightly especially as it will impact your future success and happiness. The class of 2014 will enjoy the luxury of studying in a building with an Oxbridge feel, cutting edge facilities, nine dedicated spacious science laboratories, access to a personal tablet and a university style lecture theatre. You will be taught by a team of experienced and dedicated teachers who are passionate, inspirational, pioneering and highly skilled at what they do. You can rest assure that the quality of learning and teaching by your Science teachers will be outstanding and our innovative science curriculum will . So if you have the hunger and desire to be taught by the best and really want to make your academic dreams a reality, then I suggest you take a close look at www.ncs6.org and apply. On behalf of all NCS teachers, may I use this opportunity to wish you the very best of luck with your GCSEs and look forward to meeting you in September 2014.


Mrs O. Markoulides – Head of Biology

MA Oxon Biological Sciences, Science PGCE (IOE)

Why I joined The NCS?

I love teaching and in particular working with KS5 students because I can share with them my passion for the wonders of Biology! Therefore, I am very excited to have the privilege to work with the outstanding students of Newham. At NCS I look forward to working with staff that all have the same goal. At NCS we want to nurture our students to love learning, to become excellent academics and furthermore to develop as well-rounded good people who are independent, critical and analytical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and leaders.

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Qualifications

MA Oxon Biological Sciences, University of Oxford

Science PGCE, Institute of Education

Previous school & Role

• Seven Kings High School – Head of KS5 Biology

• The Lammas School, Leyton – Science teacher and form tutor

Experience of teaching KS5

• A Level Biology

Track record

I have taught KS5 biology for 6 years and I also work as an examiner of A level Biology papers. During my time as Head of Biology I have provided my students with many enriching extra-curricular opportunities. I have invited many speakers from excellent Universities to give lectures in school about their cutting-edge research. I have organised trips, including a trip to Japan (where students take part in research projects at universities there). I have supported my students to earn CREST awards by carrying out their own research projects and have also facilitated them to enter biology-related competitions, including a national competition in which all 3 of the groups I mentored were shortlisted as finalists and thus presented their work at the international conference of the Physiological Society and one of my groups won Silver medals.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

I know that if I could go back to being a sixth form student I would love all the opportunities that will be available at the NCS. At the NCS you will be inspired and challenged. We have very high expectations of you but rest assured that we will be there to support you throughout your two-year journey with us. We are determined to offer you the best possible education and excellent foundations to prepare you for your own future. I look forward to welcoming you to the NCS in September!


Mr F Farhat – Head of Physics

Why I joined NCS?
I have been teaching Physics for 13 years and have a deep passion for my subject, particularly working with A level students. This was a great opportunity for me that I just couldn’t allow to pass me by. Working exclusively with KS5 students, where I can share with them my passion for the wonders of Physics, working in a wonderful new college, the NCS, and having the privilege to work with the outstanding students of Newham. At NCS I look forward to working with staff that all have the same goal. At NCS we want to nurture our students to love learning, to become excellent academics and furthermore to develop as well-rounded good people who are independent, critical and analytical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and leaders.

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Qualifications
BEng in Fuel and Energy Engineering, Leed university
Science PGCE, Institute of Education
Previous School & Role
Bacon’s College, Head of KS5 Science, Head of Physics

Track record
I have taught Physics at A level for the last 14 years now, and I have been the head of KS5 Science and head of Physics for 7 years.

During this time I have been involved with enrichment of physics inside and beyond the classroom. I organised trips to various physics related events, such as visiting power stations, attending physics particle physics master classes and physics in action day events. More recently I arranged a trip to visit the large Hadron Collider at Cern, Geneva. I would like to pass on my passion for Physics, to demonstrate how rewarding it can be and the many doors it can open for you. I hope you can join me on that quest.


Dr N Ridgway – Teacher of Biology

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, Cell Biology PhD, PGCE

Why I joined The NCS?

Joining the NCS is an extremely exciting opportunity. The exemplary learning environment, outstanding and enthusiastic teaching staff and excellent facilities meant that it was an opportunity that simply could not be overlooked.

The NCS will allow the most able students in and around Newham to thrive in their chosen subjects, and also aims to promote their development into well-rounded individuals. The emphasis is not just on teaching for upcoming exams, but also on preparing students for their future academic education.

This ethos is why I joined the NCS, as it will allow pupils to flourish, not only in conventional lessons, but also in extracurricular activities. The NCS approach will allow them to experience educational and inspiring speakers as well as exploring developments in the scientific world. These opportunities will provide pupils with both a passion and competitive edge, both of which are essential tools for a successful university life.

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Qualifications

• Manchester University, Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

• Manchester University, Cell Biology PhD

• Manchester University PGCE

Previous school & Role

Clapton Girls’ Academy – Science teacher with a focus on A-Level Biology

Track record

I have eight years of experience in academia, taking three years for my degree and four years to undertake my PhD. This experience has meant that I have a wealth of knowledge of high-level, cutting-edge science, scientific technics and scientific theory. My PhD also involved me working with a large pharmaceutical company, presenting at numerous international conferences and working in a lab that was funded by Cancer Research UK, enabling me to gain a good knowledge of the corporate world of science. I am therefore very well placed to prepare students for future scientific careers in industry or academia. My A-level teaching has been professionally reviewed on a number of occasions and only ever been graded outstanding in all areas, most notably by Ofsted last year.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

If you choose to select the NCS for your sixth form in September, you will be preparing yourself not only for success with your A-level exams, but also for your future academic career. With the appointment of outstanding teaching staff and excellent facilities, we aim to promote the creation of well-rounded, self-confident and passionate students with the academic and social advantages that are essential in the increasingly competitive university life. If you feel that this describes the student that you wish to become, I will look forward to welcoming you in September!


Ms Sixsmith – Pastoral Year Leader & Teacher of Biology

Edge Hill University, PGCE Secondary Education with QTS
University of Leeds, Genetics (Human Genetics) BSc (Hons)

Why I joined The NCS?
I am incredibly excited and privileged to be joining The NCS this year. From my first visit it was obvious that the network of expert teachers and staff at The NCS all share the same vision, enthusiasm and talent for teaching and learning. Not only that, but the pupils I met were driven, conscientious and eager to learn. I have not yet come across another school or sixth form to equal the dedication shown at The NCS to developing pupils as a whole. Pupils are not just taught how to achieve exceptional grades, but also how to be successful and how to lead in an increasingly competitive world, in their lives beyond sixth form.

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Previous school & Role
Canon Slade School and Sixth Form, Bolton
Teacher of Science (KS4 and KS5)
Teacher of Biology (KS5)
Experience of teaching KS5
AS/A-Level Biology (AQA)
Examiner for AQA (GCSE and A-Level)
Track record
Prior to entering teaching, I worked for two years in industry, working alongside surgeons and other health care professionals to help design ophthalmic diagnostic software. This experience gave me a unique insight into working in the health service from the perspective of a project manager, and taught me innumerable skills with regards to leadership, team work and the applications of science in industry. Since entering teaching, I have a track record of delivering excellent results with many of my students progressing onto Russell Group universities, some of whom have gone on to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science.
Message to the NCS class of 2015
Think carefully about where you want to be in the future. You do not have to decide your career now, but the sixth form/college that you pick to attend and the subjects you choose to study will mould your future in a way that is difficult to undo. What The NCS can offer is the opportunity to work alongside experienced and talented professionals that will do everything in their power to keep those doors open for you at University and beyond. You will work hard, but you will do so in well resourced, beautiful surroundings, supported by staff that will go above and beyond to help you succeed. You will also receive outstanding extracurricular opportunities that are rarely available at A-Level, of which will enrich your learning experience and open you up to a world of career opportunities you did not even know existed.

Ms Bains – Teacher of Biology

Queen Mary University of London: BSc (Hons) Biology
Institute of Education – PGCE

rajuWhy I joined The NCS?
I wanted to join The NCS because I had the privilege of being taught by teachers who created a work ethic where anything could be achieved if you put your mind to it. It was this drive that pushed me to succeed academically and I knew from then that I also wanted to inspire other young people to work hard and achieve their dreams and ambitions, hence I joined the NCS. As you may be aware I know many of the teachers at the NCS from my time at Seven Kings and to be part of an outstanding body of teaching professionals is a privilege. I am passionate about the sciences and more notably Biology, and my purpose is to encourage students to be curious about the subject and the world around them, to enthuse and engage students so they develop an inquiring mind, become independent learners and answer questions such as – how can something as simple as nucleotide be repeated to code for a protein and form something as complex as a human being? How is it possible for organisms to survive in temperatures which are usually considered unbearable? And what facilitates the body to accept a foreign organ so that it can continue to fulfil its purpose?

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Previous school & Role
The Sydney Russell School, Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 5QT

Experience of teaching KS5
I have taught Biology at KS5 and students in my class have achieved outstanding outcomes and attainment.

Message to the Class of 2015
The science department at the NCS is extremely strong, so if you are curious and have a passion for the sciences then you will definitely meet like-minded people at the NCS. I have been blown away by the opportunities that students have had this year from the numerous science weeks, the master classes and the science trips to Cambridge and Japan. Moreover, the quality of learning and teaching at the NCS is second to none and if you are looking for a first class education where you will be stretched and challenged whilst being amongst people who will care and support you on your A level journey then I look forward to meeting you in September.


Mr J Parslow – Head of Chemistry

BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, PGCE, MA Education 

Why I joined The NCS?
I am very excited about joining such a committed venture in its second year. When I first arrived at the NCS I knew I wanted to work there as every single member of staff and student had such a positive attitude. I look forward in particular to working with very able students to develop their abilities to the highest standards. I hope, using the facilities available at the NCS, to stretch and challenge students and prepare them for a confident university application and a successful future career. I have a great passion for Chemistry and Science in general and wish to instil this within my students by bringing the topics to life with hands on practicals and interesting activities.

I believe one of the keys to success in Chemistry is to develop a keen interest in the subject. Therefore I am eager to engage with the NCS’ links with local universities and businesses. I plan on taking my students to talks on cutting edge research and trips to see what Chemists get up to at work.

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Qualifications
University of Sussex, Neuroscience BSc (Hons)
University of Sussex, PGCE
University of Sussex, Postgraduate Subject Knowledge Enhancement: Chemistry
University of Sussex, MA Education

Previous school and role
Hove Park School, Lead Teacher, A level Chemistry

Experience of teaching KS5
I have experience teaching AS and A2 AQA Chemistry and spent last year in charge of the A level chemistry courses at my previous school. I have developed different strategies for maximising students’ exam success, and helping them to exceed their expected potential.

I am keen to use new technology to enhance my teaching and students learning. I was one of the lead teachers for the introduction of iPads in science at my previous school, and my Master’s degree research focused on how such technology can be successfully implemented.

Recently this research led me to start a YouTube channel, called Ask Jake Chemistry, which I use to explain difficult concepts for my students. A further development of this is encouraging my students to make their own videos going over areas of study, which not only helps others, but increases their understanding through the process of trying to explain the topic.

Message to the NCS class of 2015
Welcome to all prospective students of 2015! If you want to achieve the top grades, work alongside other motivated students with the help of highly dedicated and committed teachers in a beautiful new building then NCS should be your choice. I look forward to meeting you all and assisting you in your path to success. I wish you all the best of luck with your GCSE examinations and hope to see you in September!


Dr Cardenas – Teacher of Physics

BSc in Physics, Queen Mary University of London.
PhD in Solid State Physics, Queen Mary University of London.
PGCE, Kings College London.

Why I joined The NCS? 
I joined the NCS because of the core values that the Sixth Form holds; especially the positive learning environment shown throughout the organisation in terms of teamwork, and the absolute commitment, respect and passion for learning displayed by all the students. There is nothing more beautiful than teaching my subject and sharing my passion amongst students who are eager to learn new things every day.

From the moment I showed an interest in working at the NCS, it has been very evident the degree of support offered by the leadership, academic faculty and administration staff alike, so I feel very privileged to become part of such wonderful and highly professional group of people.

At the NCS, I look forward to working with such a diverse and outstanding group of students.

From my part, I will be fully committed to nurturing my students’ curiosity and thirst for learning, as well as helping them to develop the skills needed to face the challenges that they will for certain encounter at university and later in their careers.

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Previous school and role
Shooters Hill campus, Teacher of Mathematics
Experience of teaching KS5 
Core Mathematics 1, 2, 3 and 4.

AS Further Mathematics.

Mechanics 1 and 2.

 

As and A2 Physics (during teacher training)

Foundation year at Queen Mary University of London
Message to the NCS class of 2016
Dear students:

There really isn’t a more exciting time to be studying physics than now! You are embarking on a quest to help us find the ultimate physical laws of nature. This is of great importance for understanding our own place in the universe as well as finding future technologies that will be vital for the survival of all the species living on our planet.

Recent technological advances have allowed us to find predicted particles such as the Higgs boson (the particle responsible to give all known particles their mass) as well as gravitational waves, which were impossible to detect just a few years ago. Such advances have also allowed us to measure the impact that the human race has had on climate change on our planet, and the possible solutions needed in order to tackle this increasing threat to our way of life. We need young and enthusiastic students like you to help us find solutions to these problems, without mentioning the increasing need to help us find the answers to some of the most important and profound questions in physics that so far remain unanswered. For example:

Where do we all come from?

Does the universe have a beginning, and if so, will it have an end?

Where did life in the planet come from?

Is there life in other planets either inside or outside our solar system (or even our galaxy)?

What is the nature of reality according to the laws of quantum physics?

At the NCS, we will work hard to give you the necessary tools to put you on the right path to help us find answers to some of these questions.

Welcome to the wonderful world of physics!


Ms Budden – Teacher of Chemistry

University of Oxford, Chemistry MChem
Canterbury Christ Church University, PGCE

Why I joined The NCS?

From my first visit, I was amazed by the hardworking ethos and positive attitude of all the students and staff at the NCS, and I am extremely excited to be joining such a fantastic community. I am ambitious and have the highest expectations of all of my students. Motivating young people, broadening their minds and helping them achieve is extremely rewarding, and is what drives me every single day. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for Chemistry and I hope to inspire my students to continue to study Chemistry at university and beyond.

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Previous school and role
Plumstead Manor School and Sixth Form
Teacher of Science KS3 + KS4
Teacher of Chemistry KS5

 

Experience of teaching KS5

I have experience teaching A level Chemistry and pushing all my students to make fantastic progress. I am looking forward to specialising in KS5, as this is the part of my current job that I find most challenging and rewarding.

 

Message to the NCS class of 2016

Sixth form is an exciting time of your life, where for the first time in your life you get to specialise in the subjects you are really passionate about. Make the most of every opportunity and be prepared to work hard and hit the ground running in September. You will have to push yourself every day.  In return, we can promise you outstanding teaching, incredible extracurricular opportunities and personalised support. I look forward to meeting you all and can’t wait to get started!


Ms Palmer – Teacher of Chemistry

Edge Hill University – PGCE
University of Southampton – Master’s in Chemistry, MChem

Why I joined The NCS?

When I first viewed The NCS website, I could see that the Sixth Form provided an exceptional post 16 education for its students.  When I made my first visit I found that not only was the Sixth Form building magnificent, the students were motivated, encouraged by staff and had high aspirations, confirming my initial thoughts. The staff have a wealth of experience and have created a curriculum that results in students achieving both excellent A-level grades and having the skills to excel at university and in the work place, something few Sixth Forms do effectively. I am looking forward to using the superb facilities in the science department in order to develop students’ practical skills and theoretical chemical knowledge, alongside The NCS super curriculum,  so that they become the next generation of ground-breaking scientists.

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Previous school and role
The Stanford and  Corringham Schools Trust:
Gable Hall School – Teacher of Science
The Stanford and Corringham Sixth Form College – Teacher of Chemistry

 

Experience of teaching KS5
I have taught both OCR A and OCR B AS and A2 chemistry. I ensure that students always see the real-life applications for their theoretical knowledge and “the point” of what they are learning.

 

Message to the NCS class of 2016
Congratulations on completing your GCSEs. Rest over the summer, but ensure that you arrive at The NCS truly understanding what you have been taught in your GCSE chemistry course. Studying chemistry at A Level is like building a house, each lesson builds on the last and if you do not have firm and solid foundations, your house will fall. The NCS will provide you with  numerous opportunities for personal development and a high quality education. I am looking forward to meeting you and supporting you to achieve outstanding A level results and the skills you require to be successful in your chosen career.


Ms Sardar – Teacher of Chemistry

Queen Mary & Westfield College (QMW) Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc (Hons)
Institute of Education PGCE

Why I joined The NCS?
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.” ~ Plutarch. This is a favorite quote that has stood true to me for the last 12 years of my teaching career. It incorporates enthusiastic, reflective teaching and independent learning. Why I chose The NCS? It’s simple; to work as part of an outstanding team and help ignite the minds of our future generation. I believe every young person has the capacity to learn the appropriate skills with the right teaching and nurture. The challenge for teachers of all subjects is to make the subject interesting and accessible to young minds; one aspect of teaching that excites me is experimenting with different strategies to motivate and engage students.

I have a thirst for teaching and helping my students achieve; as Henry Brooks Adams said, “A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” and I am looking forward to being part of that ripple effect in our community at The NCS.

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Previous school & Role
Loxford School of Science and Technology as KS3 Coordinator in Science
Wanstead High School – Teaching and Learning coordinator

Experience of teaching KS5
Taught A Level Chemistry for over 11 years

Track record
I have a track record of delivering outstanding results in Science and being an experienced member of staff whom others turn to for advice and guidance. I have continuously strived to give my students the best possible education, enabling them to have a strong footing to get into the real world. Over the 12 years of teaching I have been responsible for leading many projects; from STEM enterprise projects, workshops at universities to inspiring trips such as visiting the LHC in CERN.

Message to the NCS class of 2015
Many students discover their true passions whilst at Sixth Form, and choosing the right post 16 provider can be a difficult choice, as it is a stepping stone to your future. Every aspect of Sixth Form is a learning experience, from meeting people from diverse backgrounds, participating in enrichment opportunities to developing the skills to do well and compete with the world outside. We at NCS will be here to support you in making your academic vision become reality. I am looking forward to meeting you all in September and getting the ball rolling!


Ms M Begum – Teacher of Chemistry

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, PGCE
Why I joined The NCS?

I would like to contribute to the NCS’s vision, which is to become a centre of excellence by delivering high quality learning and teaching. I am delighted at the prospect of utilising state of the art facilities to provide a stimulating and engaging learning experience within a supportive environment. I am looking forward to working with enthusiastic, determined and highly able students and to have the satisfaction of making a valuable contribution to NCS by empowering and motivating students. I am ambitious and passionate to challenge young peoples’ minds and develop them into highly confident individuals who will be ready to take their place at a competetive university.

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Qualifications

• Queen Mary, University of London, Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

• Institute of Education, PGCE

Previous school & Role

Brooke House Sixth Form College, Teacher of Chemistry and Biology

Experience of teaching KS5

I have experience of teaching a range of Science courses such as AS/A2 Chemistry, International Cambridge courses as well as Vocational courses at Level 3 in both Biology and Chemistry.

Track record

Many of my students have gone to Russell Group Universities to study a wide variety of courses with great career possibilities. I developed the new International Cambridge Chemistry course in my current place of work, which was demanding and challenging and helped students to gain a substantial level of knowledge to progress on to advanced level education. As a pastoral tutor I have also supported and guided students with university applications and interviews.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

The NCS provides an atmosphere where high calibre and hardworking students can experience education in a stimulating and challenging setting. The NCS will provide you with exceptional support, which not only will allow you to achieve the highest grades possible but will provide you with necessary skills to cope with the challenges ahead in your chosen career. The NCS has already developed links with leading firms and with the most competitive universities in the country. You will have the chance to experience the world of work by taking part in placements and summer internships with employers. I am very confident that you will receive the best education here at The NCS. I look forward to welcoming you in September.


Maths

Mr Edwards – Head of Mathematics

The University of Nottingham, Math (Hons) Mathematics

edwardsWhy I joined the NCS?
I have been involved with the NCS since its inception, teaching Saturday classes and believe that it offers its students an exceptionally high standard of education the greatest opportunity to fulfil their potential. Its staff are incredibly dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable and I am very excited to be joining them. I look forward to sharing my passions for Maths and education with the students of the NCS.

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Previous school & Role
Seven Kings High School, Head of KS5 Maths

Experience of teaching KS5
6 years teaching in East London, including four years teaching Maths, Further Maths and STEP classes at Seven Kings High School. I have spent the last year working as a trainee actuary at PwC, but have continued to teach Saturday Maths masterclasses at NCS.

Track record
I have a track record of achieving excellent results at KS5 for both Maths and Further Maths, and oversaw improvements in KS5 results as head of KS5 Maths. My most recent set of Further Maths A-Level results were 100% A*-B in 2013. Many students I have taught have gone on to study Mathematical subjects at Russell Group universities including Cambridge, Imperial and Warwick.

Message to the NCS class of 2015
You have made an excellent decision to join the NCS. Here you will be inspired and supported to achieve the very best that you can. I look forward to working with you over the next two years and playing my part in your development.


Mr M Squire – 2nd in charge of Mathematics

BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Philosophy, PGCE (Mathematics)

Why I joined The NCS?

I believe in equality of opportunity. I also believe that education is the most significant influence in creating opportunities for young people. I am therefore extremely excited at the prospect of working at NCS and being part of a group of teachers who have extremely high expectations and aspirations for the young people of Newham. The NCS will be a hotbed for innovative teaching and I look forward to be able to use the state of the art facilities to develop an outstanding environment for learning. My vision, which resonates with the NCS’s, is for students to become resilient and self-confident young adults who after spending two years at the NCS will leave as curious, independent and dedicated scholars.

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Qualifications

University of Bristol BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Philosophy; University of Warwick PGCE (Mathematics)

Previous school & Role

• North East Wolverhampton Academy, Teacher of Mathematics

Experience of teaching KS5

• A Level Mathematics

• A Level Further Mathematics

Track record

Over the course of the previous academic year I have implemented extracurricular opportunities which include master classes at Russell Group Universities, entering teams into national mathematics challenges and supporting students’ applications for Oxbridge summer schools.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

A big welcome to all prospective students at the NCS. I have no doubt that your decision to spend the next two years here will be an enjoyable and rewarding one. A Levels are not just a stepping stone to University, they offer a chance to build intellectual depth in the subjects you enjoy and at the NCS we will offer you an environment where all teachers are passionate and excited by their subject. We will create an atmosphere where a love of learning is the norm and you will be given the opportunity to develop your interests and passions unrestrained by course specifications. We have a beautiful building which will be filled with inquisitive, ambitious and hardworking students and will allow you to develop into young adults who are not just ready to face the world but to go out and change it.


Ms K Law – Assistant Principal

BA (Hons) Mathematics, MA (Oxon), PGCE

Why I joined The NCS?

I am passionate about teaching Mathematics and I am committed to offering the best to students in East London. I strongly believe that students at the NCS will receive a learning experience second to none and I am incredibly excited to lead the Mathematics department in this. The NCS is committed to giving students the best opportunity of making successful applications to top universities. I fully share in this vision having attended a state school and gone on to study Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

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Qualifications

University of Oxford, New College, Mathematics BA (Hons) MA (Oxon),

King’s College London PGCE (Mathematics)

Previous school & Role

• Seven Kings High School

• Teacher Mentor & Head of KS5 Mathematics

Experience of teaching KS5

• 9 years experience teaching A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Track record

• Mathematics results for 2013 were 37% A*/A and 67% A*-B

• Mathematics results for 2012 were 42% A*/A and 64% A*-B

• Mathematics results for 2011 were 45% A*/A and 69% A*-B

A significant number of students from my Mathematics and Further Mathematics classes go on to study Mathematics at Russell group universities.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

A huge welcome to the NCS – arguably the most exciting place to study in East London. We aim to inspire you and help you to develop valuable skills in Mathematics and your wider thinking. The teachers of the Mathematics department are dedicated and passionate and will focus on innovative teaching and learning techniques so that your lessons are clear, structured and challenging. Your A levels are a bridge to the next phase of your life and we will strive to equip you with the skills needed for your future studies and beyond.


Miss J Amo – Pastoral Year Leader & Teacher of Mathematics

BSc (Hons) Economics, PGCE (Mathematics)

Why I joined The NCS?

I am personally committed to increasing the number of applications of students in the East London area to the top Universities in the country. Having grown up in East London myself, I have a strong connection with the area and a real understanding of the barriers to educational achievement which students face. Hence my delight at being a part of a group of innovative teachers whom, together, will facilitate the growth of theNCS students with the skills and attributes to become successful academic individuals.

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Qualifications

University of Nottingham BSc (Hons) Economics; University of Nottingham PGCE (Mathematics)

Previous school & Role

• The Bemrose School, Derby, Teacher of Mathematics

Track record

As well as teaching mathematics, I have had the opportunity to work with a leading top tier investment bank and liaise with organisations such as ‘Pure Potential’, using my passion for mathematics to create a programme on student finance. These programmes ensure that sixth form students are well equipped to make informed financial decisions regarding their university choices.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

A warm welcome to the NCS. At the NCS you can be assured that your experience will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to release your potential and become well informed successful learners for life.

We will be readily available to give you the support you need, through regular contact with your form tutor. Your intellectual curiosity will be stimulated through engaging lessons and enrichment activities, which will energise you towards maximising your potential.

We are located in the heart of Newham, in a building boasting new facilities, where you will benefit from being surrounded by like-minded peers, giving you the opportunity to build a network of young people who will be pioneers in the future.

I wish you every success in your GCSE examinations and look forward to meeting you in September.


Ms Elmi – Teacher of Mathematics & Economics

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) BA Law and Economics (Hons), Institute of Education PGCE Mathematics

Why I joined The NCS?
I decided to join the NCS to be a part of an outstanding experience for students in sixth form. Having studied and taught in Newham I know of the limitless potential Newham students have, as such I want to be a positive factor in students’ academic and professional development. The NCS not only provides resources and tools for students to reach their academic potential but also provides high quality enrichment programmes to prepare these young adults for University and their future careers. As such, I am excited to meet and teach future NCS students and help facilitate their academic and professional development. I highly value the importance of education and share the vision of the NCS in challenging our students to become the best of what they can be, pursuing outstanding universities in the UK and abroad and committed to high quality teaching and learning.

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Previous school & Role
Sarah Bonnell School Deanery Road, Teacher of Mathematics

Track record
I am an ambitious individual and I always aim to instil in my students high aspirations and ambitions. Having previously worked in Deloitte and Harrods International Finance department, I have a strong commitment to prepare NCS students for high profile careers with particular focus on raising the level of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering into such careers. I will aim to utilise this skill at the NCS and I am confident I can assist my students in their professional and academic aspirations.

Message to the NCS class of 2015
A hearty welcome to our leaders of tomorrow. Choose your path wisely and aspire to overcome the obstacles that are in your way of greatness. Welcome to a sixth form where you will be challenged, engaged and motivated to achieve, I wish you all the best for your GCSE examinations and I am eager to meet you all to start this exciting journey together.


Ms Begum – Teacher of Mathematics

London School of Economics: BSc Hons Mathematics and Economics: First Class
UCL Institute of Education: PGCE

Why I joined The NCS?
When joining the NCS, I was undoubtedly impressed by the quality of teaching and the warm welcome from all the students. Having grown up and been educated in East London, I jumped at the opportunity to teach students who are in the same position I was in myself. I have previously worked in challenging schools in Newham and am aware of the educational barriers that young people face. I continuously strive to develop myself professionally and look forward to being a part of the NCS vision. It is an exciting and new challenge to push young people to achieve their academic and professional potential and successfully support them into top universities. I most definitely know that if this school had existed when I was 16, I would have chosen to study here.


Economics

Ms Elmi – Teacher of Mathematics & Economics

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) BA Law and Economics (Hons), Institute of Education PGCE Mathematics

Why I joined The NCS?
I decided to join the NCS to be a part of an outstanding experience for students in sixth form. Having studied and taught in Newham I know of the limitless potential Newham students have, as such I want to be a positive factor in students’ academic and professional development. The NCS not only provides resources and tools for students to reach their academic potential but also provides high quality enrichment programmes to prepare these young adults for University and their future careers. As such, I am excited to meet and teach future NCS students and help facilitate their academic and professional development. I highly value the importance of education and share the vision of the NCS in challenging our students to become the best of what they can be, pursuing outstanding universities in the UK and abroad and committed to high quality teaching and learning.

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Previous school & Role
Sarah Bonnell School Deanery Road, Teacher of Mathematics

Track record
I am an ambitious individual and I always aim to instil in my students high aspirations and ambitions. Having previously worked in Deloitte and Harrods International Finance department, I have a strong commitment to prepare NCS students for high profile careers with particular focus on raising the level of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering into such careers. I will aim to utilise this skill at the NCS and I am confident I can assist my students in their professional and academic aspirations.

Message to the NCS class of 2015
A hearty welcome to our leaders of tomorrow. Choose your path wisely and aspire to overcome the obstacles that are in your way of greatness. Welcome to a sixth form where you will be challenged, engaged and motivated to achieve, I wish you all the best for your GCSE examinations and I am eager to meet you all to start this exciting journey together.


Mr Moroz – Teacher of Mathematics & Economics

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Oxford
PGCE (Economics), Institute of Education, UCL

Why I joined The NCS?
I want to work in a rigorous academic environment, where I’m intellectually challenged and professionally pushed. I also wanted to work somewhere where I could see education doing what it should do: providing new opportunities to young people from challenging backgrounds. The NCS is unique in fulfilling both these criteria. Its buildings, staff, and equipment give off the ambience of an Ivy League college, but it takes in local students from the Newham area. The NCS is built on the idea that success in life (NB: life, not exams) should not be about your background, inheritance, or connections, but your attitude, aptitude, and graft. That’s an idea I share and an idea I want to promote; that’s why I joined the NCS.

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Message to the NCS class of 2016
I look forward to meeting you all in September. In two years’ time, when you leave us, you will not just be an expert in your field but the owner of a rigorous, elegant, and voracious academic mind. But we can’t build that from nothing. Bring your drive and determination for long hours at the coal-face. Bring your curiosity, wit, and eye for a problem; economics will challenge you to see issues and solutions that you’d never noticed were right in front of you. Bring your wildest goals so you can watch them become reality.

Mr Mouhssin Ismail – Principal & Teacher of Economics

LLB (Hons), LLM (Lon), PGCE

The NCS appoints its first Principal: We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Ismail as the first Principal at the NCS. He was previously Director of Sixth Form at Seven Kings High School, one of the most successful sixth forms in London.

He was born and grew up in East London and he knows the importance of a good education only too well; following his school and university studies, he became a successful lawyer. Mr. Ismail then decided that he wanted to help other local young people enjoy the same benefits that academic success can bring and became a teacher at Seven Kings High School. He quickly proved himself an outstanding Economics teacher and gained rapid promotion to the post of Director of Sixth Form at Seven Kings.

Mr. Ismail is also a very talented cricketer (he has played for Essex!) but now he has set his sights on making the NCS one of the country’s leading A Level centres. He brings all his experience and success of leading a Sixth Form to the NCS and is a man with a mission. Here he gives us an insight into his plans.

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Why have you joined The NCS as Principal?

“I believe in the transformational nature of education and I want to give the most able students of Newham the very best chance of going to the most competitive universities in the country and abroad. The NCS embodies everything I believe education should be about and with its state of the art facilities, cutting edge technology and world class learning and teaching you have a recipe for excellence and success at all levels.”

What is your vision for The NCS?

“My vision for The NCS is to make sure that the young men and women that leave us have the skills and habits of mind to be able to become future leaders in their chosen profession and in society at large. They will be confident visionaries who seek out opportunities and find new ways of thinking.”

What is your biggest challenge?

“My biggest challenge is convincing young people and parents about the potential of the NCS in the short period of time I have until we open. However, in my recent contact with students from partner schools and beyond I am beginning to see views change. It is true that whilst the NCS itself as a Sixth Form does not yet have published results, the world class teachers joining the NCS come with an outstanding record of delivering some of the best A Level results in the country.

The quality of education depends on the collective skills and effort of the teachers, and I am putting together a formidable team. My question to all students and parents is come along to our events and hear what we have to offer and then make decision. The question is not why should I come to the NCS, but rather can you really afford not?”

Why should ambitious students join The NCS?

“World class teaching, outstanding teacher results, state of the art facilities, an unparalleled extra/super curricular programme, links with the best universities and most prestigious companies in the UK, other highly ambitious and talented students and a contact list that is unrivalled. Why wouldn’t you come?”

What is the key to creating an outstanding Sixth Form?

“The key to creating an outstanding sixth form is having dynamic and inspiring teachers who go the extra mile to give their students the very best experience. You have to give students the confidence to believe that they can achieve their ambitions and dreams and any obstacles they may face can be overcome with support. A Sixth Form should inculcate a love of learning and celebrate scholarship and high academic achievement. If you can get these key ingredients right then the rest will all fall in to place.

It is a big decision for students to make, but I am completely confident that the NCS is going to become an outstanding Sixth Form and a leading centre for A Level excellence and success. I hope you share my ambition and I look forward to meeting you soon.”


English Literature

Ms R Pinfield – Teacher of English & Head of Humanities

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (Kings College London), PGCE (Secondary English)

Why I joined The NCS?

The NCS represents an extremely exciting and unique opportunity for both staff and students. At the heart of my decision to join is a shared belief in the Collegiate’s vision; that Newham’s brightest students deserve equal opportunity to achieve their chosen future pathways and make an impact on society.

I am looking forward to working with outstanding, enthusiastic practitioners and motivated students towards achieving our shared aspirations of academic and extra-curricular excellence.

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Qualifications

• BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (King’s College London)

• PGCE (Secondary English), Middlesex University

Previous school & Role

Seven Kings High School

• KS5 English Leader

• Deputy Year 12 Leader

Experience of teaching KS5

• A Level English Literature Teacher

• KS5 English Leader

Track record

Before becoming a teacher, I worked for eight years in the Media and Arts; producing documentaries and dramas for BBC Radio and in the Sound Department at the National Theatre. As a result, I am passionate about encouraging students to see Literature not just as a set of examination texts, but in the context of its wider cultural significance.

During my time as Key Stage 5 English Leader, student attainment at A Level English Literature has been outstanding. These results have been under-pinned by extra-curricular opportunities such as debates, theatre trips, book groups, University taster days and guest-speaker visits. Many students have progressed to Russell Group Universities, either to continue their English Literature studies or to transfer their skills and knowledge to courses such as Law.

As Deputy Year 12 Leader in my previous school, I also understand the importance of developing students’ range of experiences and opportunities outside the classroom. I have co-ordinated the 6th form enrichment programme, as well as promoting and participating in initiatives such as World Challenge, Projects Abroad and Sutton Trust Summer Schools.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

Your time at the NCS will coincide with two of the most enriching and pivotal years of your lives so far, both academically and in terms of your personal development. We have high expectations of your dedication, ambition and independence. We also believe you deserve every opportunity to achieve your higher education and career goals with our support and guidance. I look forward to meeting you in September to get started!


Ms Marchione – Teacher of English & Second in Charge of Humanities

Royal Holloway, University of London – English Literature BA (Hons)

Why I joined The NCS?
As a passionate and experienced teacher, I knew from my first visit that the NCS was an institution that could inspire and change lives. The supportive ethos combined with academic challenge and excellence is reminiscent of my own teaching style; the opportunity to educate young people in such an environment was one that I simply couldn’t resist. I am highly excited at the prospect of working alongside dedicated and talented academics – students and staff – in an innovative and progressive learning environment.

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Qualifications
University of Brighton, Secondary English PGCE

Previous school & Role
– Overton Grange School, 2nd in charge of English Department & Teacher Mentor
– Seven Kings High School, Teacher of English & Deputy Head of Year 12

Experience of teaching KS5
10 years teaching A Level English Literature

Track record
I have a track record of producing outstanding results, with a number of my students progressing onto Russell Group universities – or Oxbridge – to study Literature or complementary Humanities based subjects. Alongside this academic success, I am proud of the love and enjoyment I have encouraged in students so that they consider Literature and the Arts a lifelong passion.

Message to the NCS class of 2015
Congratulations on achieving superb GCSE results and for deciding to attend The NCS: your choice guarantees a memorable, rewarding and exciting 2 years ahead! I look forward to meeting you all in September and seeing your academic passions and interests grow, as well as witnessing your blossoming into successful and wonderful adults during this special and transformative time. Think big and dare to dream: you can accomplish anything!


Geography

Ms A Malik – Teacher of Geography

BA (Hons) Geography, MA (IOE) Geography Education, PGCE (IOE)

Why I joined The NCS?

I believe that education is the key factor in one’s self development and improvement. Having grown up in west London myself, I am aware of the challenges students face towards academic achievement. Therefore, it is my ambition to help change young people’s lives through the quality of the education that I can provide. Malcolm X said: “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” and it is this ethos I wish to embolden my students with. With adequate learning and preparation, they have the ability to change the future for the better. It is my goal to provide each student with the correct tools, skills and confidence which they will need to progress through higher education or their working life, making the most of their abilities. I feel that with NCS’s academic vision, excellence in teaching and resources, outstanding results can be achieved, and a precedent can be set for others to follow.

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Qualifications

BA Geography, University College London, (Hons), MA Geography Education (IOE), PGCE (IOE)

Previous school & Role

• Al Maha Academy for Girls, Doha

• Wembley High Technology College, London

• Lead Teacher of Geography

Experience of teaching KS5

• A Level Geography

Track record

The majority of my students last year achieved excellent results, as a result they have gone on to study at Russell Group Universities. This has been because they have learnt key exam strategies and have learnt crucial skills for examination success. Alongside academic focus my students have attended evening lectures at UCL, conferences hosted by the Geographical Association and a residential trip to Swanage. As well as being a pastoral tutor, I have also supported several students with university applications and work experience placements. I am currently studying for my Masters in Geography Education which I am due to complete by the end of this year.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

A hearty welcome to all students of the NCS. The next couple of years will prove to be one of the most important stages in your life. You are now reaching adulthood, and soon you will be embarking on a new, chapter of your life; university. Making the most of these remaining school years can have far reaching implications. Excellent A-Level results are paramount to not only securing a place at your chosen universities, but also securing a career that you will enjoy, and feel passionate about. My advice to you is, work hard, be inquisitive, push yourself- the faculty and tools at NCS are for you to make the most of. Use them wisely, and you’ll be able to achieve whatever you put your mind too. I look forward to meeting you all in September.


History / Government & Politics

Mr J Singh – Teacher of History and Government & Politics

BA Archaeology & Anthropology

Why I joined The NCS?
Education, the engine of social change and economic development, is the best investment a country can make in its future. At the NCS, I am enthused about joining a team of dedicated and outstanding professionals backed by fantastic facilities and enervated by an aspirational philosophy. I look forward not only to delivering academic excellence but a new generation of confident, independent and socially responsible citizens with the skills and desire to shape the world around them for the better.

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Qualifications
Degree:

BA Archaeology & Anthropology (University of Cambridge), PGCE

A levels:
English Literature A*
Geography A*
History A*
GCSEs:
11A* & 3As


Psychology

Ms A Lomax – Deputy Principal

BA (Hons) Sociology, PGCE (Social Sciences)

Why I joined The NCS?

I am excited by the challenge of creating an academically high achieving and innovative Sixth Form Centre that students in Newham will aspire to be part of. At the moment many of the most gifted students in Newham go outside the borough for their post 16 education which is a loss to the local community.

The NCS will focus on delivering traditional A Levels and an extracurricular programme that provides opportunities for personal and social development that will prepare young people in Newham with the knowledge, skills and experiences to join Russell group universities or internships within high status professions and companies.

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Qualifications

University of Leeds BA (Hons) Sociology; University of Leicester PGCE (Social Sciences)

Previous school & Role

Seven Kings High School, Ley Street, Ilford, Essex IG2 7BT

Head of Sixth Form

Experience of teaching KS5

• Over 13 years of A level experience teaching Sociology & Psychology

• Head of Sixth Form – Seven Kings High School

• Head of Department (Seven Kings Sixth Form) – Psychology and Sociology

Track record

• Sociology results for 2013 were 50% A*/A and 72% A*-B

• Sociology results for 2012 were 48% A*/A and 74% A*-B

• Sociology results for 2011 were 50% A*/A and 83% A*-B

My results are consistently outstanding with students achieving beyond their minimum grade. Achieving grades A*-B has meant that the majority of my students’ received places at Russell Group Universities. As Head of Sixth Form I developed strong links with Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities where students were able to participate in master classes and revision classes led by undergraduates as well as being selected for summer school programmes.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

Welcome to the NCS. My promise to you is that you will receive a challenging and enriching experience during your 2 years at the NCS. You will be taught by outstanding teachers who are passionate about their subjects and who will inspire you to achieve. You will be taught in an academic learning environment which has cutting edge facilities and where you will be expected to challenge yourself. Our philosophy at the NCS is that education is the route to upward social mobility and an education at NCS will provide you with the tools and experiences that will prepare you to occupy future leadership positions in the professions and society. If our aspirations and beliefs match your own then take the time to look at our website and make an application. I look forward to meeting you.


Ms Rapp – Teacher of Psychology

Nottingham University, French and Russian BA (Hons), Nottingham University, PGCE, University of East London, Psychology (MSc)

rappWhy I joined the NCS

Education, in my opinion, is the best way to empower young people. I am excited to work in a place that nurtures and encourages students to be the best they can be and does not see their postcode as a barrier to success. The NCS focuses on students as a whole to nurture well-rounded, resilient and independent individuals as well as successful academics. I look forward to being part of this process and can’t wait to start working with the exceptional students and staff at the NCS.

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Previous School and Role

Addey and Stanhope School, New Cross Road, Lewisham, SE14 6TJ

Teacher of French, Latin, Psychology

EAL Coordinator

 

Track record

In every subject that I have taught, the overwhelming majority of my students have achieved exceptional results. I believe that it is vital for students to develop excellent exam skills and be aware of their own progress and targets in every area of the course.

Outside the classroom I have organised careers events and input sessions to encourage students to develop the confidence and networking skills essential for life after Sixth Form.

 

A message to the NCS students

You have chosen a path that will lead you through hard work to success. Here you will be surrounded by dedicated staff and like-minded students. Here you will grow into a confident young adult and successful academic. I encourage you to see this as the most amazing opportunity to flourish so be ready to make the most of all NCS has to offer, have high expectations of yourself and those around you and never stop striving to be the best you can be. Welcome to the NCS.

Religious Studies

Ms A Page – Teacher of Religious Studies

BA (Hons) Religion and Ethics, PGCE (IOE)
pageWhy I joined NCS?

My learning and teaching career has been in the top institutions. I studied at Woodford County High School, trained at the Institute of Education and have taught at Seven Kings High School and Kings’ College London. To be the best you need to surround yourself with those that are the best – this is the most effective and enjoyable way to improve yourself and your life on every level. NCS will provide the perfect setting to do this.

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Qualifications

• BA (Hons) Religion and Ethics, PGCE (Institute of Education)

Previous schools

• Seven Kings High School

• Jo Richardson Community School

Experience of teaching KS5

• Head of RS at Seven Kings High School

• Head of RS at Jo Richardson Community School

Track record

As Head of RS at Seven Kings High School I ensured that KS5 RS results were outstanding and that students went on to successfully apply to some of the most competitive universities in the country. I am a highly experienced teacher. I am looking forward to sharing my expertise and knowledge with the dedicated students of NCS.

Message to the NCS class of 2015

I am really looking forward to working with the class of 2014 and being part of your exciting journey towards excellence. The NCS is a wonderful place where highly committed staff and students will collaboratively work together to ensure you not only attend some of the best universities in the country but you also have the tools to take your place as leaders of your communities. The next two years promises to be an exciting time where you will receive outstanding learning and teaching in a supportive and highly academic environment.


Mr Bounds – Teacher of Religious Studies

BA (HONS) Philosophy & Theology, Oxford University

Why I joined NCS?

The NCS is an incredible institution. It gives those students who want achieve the best the opportunities, skills, confidence and A Level results that will allow them to get into – and thrive at – the best universities in the country, as well as become the leaders of tomorrow. I firmly believe that social background should be no barrier to success in life, and the young people of Newham deserve every opportunity to fulfil their considerable potential. To be able to help them do so is an honour and a privilege, and I look forward to sharing my passion for Religious Studies and the transformative power of education with the staff and students of the NCS.

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Qualifications

BA (HONS) Philosophy & Theology, Oxford University

 

Previous school and role

Chingford Foundation School, Teacher of Religious Studies

The Latymer School, Teacher of Religious Studies

 

Experience of teaching KS5

I have experience of teaching Religious Studies A Level to students for many years, and have taught a wide range of modules and exam boards.

 

Message to the NCS class of 2016

Congratulations on having worked hard to achieve excellent GCSE results and on having chosen a sixth form centre that will inspire, support and challenge you. I look forward to working with you over the next two years as we explore some of the biggest philosophical and ethical questions humanity has ever asked and study many of the fundamental tenets of the Christians faith. Religious Studies is a rigorous and thought-provoking A Level that will transform your perception of the universe and mankind’s place in it, provide you with the analytical skills to construct and evaluate logical arguments, and give you a philosophical mind-set that will ensure that you approach your other subjects with exactitude and intellectual integrity.


We are always on the look out for highly ambitious and talented teachers who share our philosophy on education and want to make a real difference to the lives of young people. We believe firmly in the transformative power of education and are keen to meet potential colleagues who want to be involved directly in the creation of something quite unique and special.

If after reading our website you feel you could help us achieve our vision then we would really like to hear from you. If you have an idea that you think we have missed and you wanted to share it with us please do as we said we are always looking to improve and get better at our core business which is learning and teaching. If the work of the NCS appeals to you, why not come to visit and get first hand experience of what we are doing and how you might contribute. We look forward to hearing from you.