Attending The NCS, Nancy soon discovered that her teachers wanted nothing but the best for her future. Knowing her love for maths and wanting to go on to Oxbridge, she was soon sitting undergraduate content in additional classes led by our exceptional staff.
Our links with Oxbridge allowed Nancy to visit the University of Oxford three times before she applyied to study there. She found our Oxbridge preparation sessions particularly useful, being led by our Oxbridge educated teachers made all the difference to her success at interview. “Oxbridge sessions are really unique to The NCS. I don’t even know where to start with how NCS has changed my life. I’m a completely different person leaving than I was when I joined the school two years ago. “
Samiya was a high achiever at A Level, having joined us from Sarah Bonnell. She chose to join our first cohort of students for the professional skills tutoring that we provide. She loves how we tailor enrichment to each individual’s strengths and desired destinations.
During her NCS tenure Samiya enjoyed workshops at a wide variety of corporate law firms, eventually landing a space on our international work experience with White & Case LLP. After impressing during the trip, it’s with them that she’ll be starting a training contract with as soon as she finishes her studies at LSE. “It’s really rare to find teachers and individuals who are so invested in you. They make sure that they follow up with you [to see] how you’re doing. I am truly, truly grateful for my experiences at The NCS.”
Isuf has benefitted from The NCS’ new Elite University Preparation Programme, which provides support to all students whilst they make applications to the most competitive universities and school leaver programmes in the world.
Expressing an interest in applying to an Ivy League university, Isuf was one of a number of students to have tutoring from a specialist in the SAT entrance exam that The NCS works with. We also took him on our exploration trip to the USA which allows students to learn about and visit MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia.“The NCS brought in a tutor from the US who helped us revise for the general SAT, which is an exam that all students have to do to apply to the most competitive universities in the US. That was probably some of the best help I’ve ever gotten in terms of actually revising for an exam.”
Zereena achieved A / A / A grades at A Level. Before she joined The NCS she never even dreamed that she could become an Oxbridge student. It was her teachers who provided her with the encouragement and confidence to fill in an application form. She quickly became one of our first students to receive an offer from them.
Now studying English at Corpus Christi College, she understands just how accessible studying at Oxbridge is for NCS students. Her message resonates throughout the student’s who take up studies with us, which is one reason why The NCS has received more Oxbridge offers than any other comparable local sixth forms in their first four cohorts. “Don’t let where you come from limit you. Remind yourself, “this is where I come from, “ but don’t let it limit you. Honestly, you are your only barrier. It’s your hard work, your determination, and your motivation that will get you somewhere.”
Majida joined us from Lister and achieved A* / A* / A at A Level. She still returns to The NCS regularly for continued advice from her teachers, but also to share her knowledge with our current student’s who are looking to follow her to one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
She speaks eloquently of how the teaching style she was exposed to at The NCS is something that feels very familiar at Cambridge and a key factor as to why our students would really enjoy being able to study there too. “The NCS definitely becomes a kind of home and it is a really supporting and encouraging environment where you can really thrive.”
Wanting to study medicine at university, Ibrahim worked through a difficult period with the support of The NCS. With every student receiving an iPad to aid their studies, he was able to access all of his lesson material and resources when forced to miss occasional lessons. His teachers were available via email and video tutoring on iTunes U wherever he was, meaning his studies didn’t suffer.
Back in school Ibrahim enjoyed all the preparation we provided for his medicine application to university. Thinking he would need to find and pay for his own interview courses, he was delighted to discover everything he needed was presented to him free of charge as part of our Elite University Preparation. “I found The NCS provided me as many mock interviews as I needed. And that was what made the difference. That was what allowed me to get into every university that I wanted to get into.”
Haseeb joined The NCS from Kingsford and achieved A / A / A at A Level. During his time studying with us he benefitted from the wide ranging opportunities we provide as part of our MedSchool preparation. He speaks how our holistic overview to enrichment helps students learn about themselves and their career aims, which in turn helped him make the best choices for his further education.
Like many of our alumni, he returns to help our current students who are also looking to go into the medicine field. He provides insight into the sector and also supports student’s preparing to take their BMAT and UCAT entrance exams. “I think The NCS is a hub of like minded students who really want to reach their upper limits and really push themselves to become the leaders of tomorrow. The NCS most definitely has given me skills to cope with university, but also to become a leader and a person who cultivates change.”
Saadia joined us from Plashet and achieved A* / A / A at A Level. Knowing she wanted to follow a career in law, Saadia enjoyed the opportunities that our Emerging Talent Programme provided. She got to spend time in chambers and corporate law firms, eventually going on the week long work experience in Abu Dhabi.
All this exposure helped Saadia decide that she wanted to become a barrister, something she’s en route to accomplishing with her studies at LSE. “I think the main thing that I’ve taken from NCS is not to let your background limit you. And always dream big, no matter where you’ve come from, no matter that your life experiences are, you can always achieve something if you put your mind to it and nothing is ever too big.”
When visiting The NCS prior to joining, Lucy found our environment unique. She loved our attitude of being able to achieve anything if you put in the hard work. It immediately started to give her more confidence and helped her dream of where she could take herself in the future.
She also loved the teachers that she met. After enrolling those teachers helped her gain all the enrichment that The NCS is known for, including an exciting week long workshop at the University of Cambridge’s chemistry department. “The teachers were my main incentive to come to NCS. Because I could see that they genuinely care about you and also they really care about the subjects. So you know that you’re getting a really good, first of all, teaching of the content, but also being extended beyond the specification.”
Tafsia joined us from Sarah Bonnell and achieved A* / A* / A* / A* / A at A Level. She now studies at MIT in America where she’s looking to focus on Material Science and Engineering.
The NCS provided Tafsia with all the support she needed to achieve her goal of attending an Ivy League university. Her message of positivity and not being afraid to compete to get the best for yourself reverberates around the walls of our buildings, leaving many students now looking to emulate her successes. “The NCS gave me everything I wanted in a college experience. It helped me through my A Levels so much. The teachers are amazing. I miss it! But yes, I would absolutely 100% recommend it.”