INSET Day - School Closed for students
- Date: - -
- Venue: Alexandra Park School, Bidwell Gardens, London, N11 2AZ
We are currently establishing our Alumni group. Old A P’s . Please fill in the form at the bottom of this page to be kept up to date with the latest developments as our alumni group evolves.
We are extremely proud to celebrate the success of current Alumni who have exceeded the expectations 'Success for All’
Naomi attended APS 2000 – 2007. She obtained top grades in her GCSE and A level courses. Securing her place at Imperial College London to study Biology. Her First Class honours degree, combined with 1 year working for Cancer research proved an invaluable start to her Doctorate course at Cambridge University researching Genetics, specifically embryonic stem cells.. She continues to work at Cambridge University on Post Doctorate work. Well done Naomi.
Megan Attended APS 2002 – 2009. Her passion was English and Drama, she took lead roles in many school productions.
Megan graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama having completed her Masters course in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media in 2015. She has had her work produced in numerous new writing nights: from Paperback Theatre at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square; HERstory the Feminist Theatre Festival at Theatre N16; and The PRT Summer Shorts at The Orlando Shakespeare Center, Florida, to name just a few. Megan was made a finalist in the Theatre Madness Festival 2016 in which she had one month to write and direct a short play to be performed at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Her piece ‘Holnap House’ was awarded second place in the competition.
Watch this space for more successful Alumni stories.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study. It is completed across seventy-five developed countries and measures the performance of 15-year-old school pupils' in mathematics, science, and reading. Every three years the tabloids trumpet how poorly the UK countries do against chart toppers such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland. Although there are many grounds on which the tests can be questioned, the results have again been accompanied by a bout of hand-wringing, doubting the effectiveness of the British education system on grounds which do not resonate with the experience of students, parents and staff in the vast majority of our schools.
Last year students at Alexandra Park School were randomly selected to take this test as part of the English cohort. The students received no additional coaching. Indeed, the school played down the importance of these tests as the last thing a year 11 needs during their mocks is more stress. They sat the 3 hours of tests beginning at 7.00am on a cold December morning in the knowledge they could not even expect to receive results. Or so we thought.
Having encouraged the students involved to recognise the value of participating in such a huge research project, which provides all sorts of valuable information, it was initially concerning to see the negative coverage of the UK results this week. We hoped that the students wouldn’t connect the test that they had done to the stories in the media, that they wouldn’t feel that they had underachieved, and be deflated by the experience.
Last week we received the school’s results. It doesn’t include individual student results but remarkably this cohort of APS students topped the chart. Yes, that’s right they topped the chart. Their results were significantly better than each of the 75 countries that took part.
We have long known the performance of our students is outstanding. APS has previously been recognised as being world class. And we still have reservations about the value of PISA tests. But it is pleasing for the students involved to know that their achievements compare so favourably with students across the globe. And it turns out that our students did exceptionally well. In fact, their average performance far exceeded that in any of the seventy-five countries.