‘The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent.’
‘The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent.’
The contribution of teaching is excellent.’
‘The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent.’
‘The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent.’
Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2013.
‘The school meets the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and associated requirements, and no further action is required as a result of this inspection.’
Independent Schools Compliance Report 2017.
"Parents summed up NCS as ‘inclusive’, ‘immensely kind’ and a ‘close-knit, family school’. They described the atmosphere as ‘supportive, not competitive’ and ‘hugely encouraging’. Staff are ‘very quick’ to respond to queries and problems are ‘solved very fast and at the right level’. Pastoral care is ‘excellent’, extending at times to parents as well as their children."
"'Everything about NCS is delightfully nonchalant,' reports a mother. 'There are no airs and graces.' ... Leavers launch off to Abingdon, Eton, Magdalen College School and Teddies, and 75 per cent are scholars. They really make the most of their special founding relationship with New College and its treasures - how many schools can claim to possess a unicorn horn (even if it is really a narwhal tusk)?".
"There is a family feel here ... These lucky boys get teaching from Oxford dons … Tradition is important, but iPads are being rolled out and their eco-shop sells recycled pencil cases and the intriguing ‘biodegradable rulers’."
"This place upholds its own tradition of excellence … Music is superb, as is the drama … [A] tight-knit and friendly place."
"The boys are quirky and bright ... and music really is the tops, led by the famous globe-trotting choristers. An excellent score sheet for sports teams this year ... against (bigger and meaner) local rivals."
"There's no divide between choristers and non-choristers, and most boys are musical maestros in some form. The university and school are cheek by jowl ... IT is top notch with 100 iPads dotted around and there are plans for their 3D printer to print a 3D printer."
"Sitting among the dreaming spires of Oxford, New College School entwines itself with the university ... This is a very small school and all the staff know their pupils well. 'The music is phenomenal,' according to one mum, and the music scholarships to both Eton and Winchester reflect this."
Tatler's Schools Guide 2013-2019
"Whenever I think about the odd alchemy – the combination of planning, tradition, flexibility, inflexibility and luck – that it takes to make a functional institution, I think of New College School. And I worry that institutions like that are less likely to exist in Britain now."
David Mitchell, Back Story (2013)
Information about New College School can also be found on the ISC (Independent Schools Council) website