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APS Sixth Formers Spark Science Excitement in Haringey Primary Schools

Twenty eight year 12 students at Alexandra Park Sixth Form were presented with their CREST Silver awards last night in recognition for their outstanding contribution to science education and inspiration across Haringey Primary Schools including Rhodes Avenue, Bowes, Muswell Hill, Hollickwood, Tetherdown, Coldfall, Bounds Green, St Martin of Porres and Our Lady of Muswell.

crest 01Students undertook an intensive programme of planning and delivering weekly science lessons and experiments to primary schools across the Borough, ranging from studying how suspension bridges stay upright, how sour should sherbet be and the science behind volcanoes. 

In total over 300 primary school pupils benefited from the inspirational hands-on science lessons delivered by the APS Sixth Formers.

Mr Henry Hammond, Science Director at APS and organiser of the programme said, “we spend 5 weeks training these wonderful Y12 students, they then deliver up to 15 hour long science club sessions at the primary school they are working with. The Y12s plan, risk assess and evaluate each session. This dissemination model means many more primary students benefit from extra science support than if we as staff ran these sessions.”

crest 02Maya Vihidi who volunteered at Muswell Hill Primary School agreed saying, “this has to be one of the best things I have done. The planning and delivery of a 4 month long project was daunting but the energy and enthusiasm of the primary pupils was contagious.”

Another APS volunteer when asked if this experience has influenced her to follow a career in Science said “most definitely. My plans are to read Robotics at Imperial, let them try and stop me." 

crest 03Mr James Wilshire, Headteacher of Muswell Hill Primary School, was impressed with the dedication of the students. He said, “the delivery of 16 full on, engaging science sessions through an entire school year would be daunting enough prospect for a trained specialist teacher. I have been blown away by the positive impact this project has had on our children”

The CREST Silver Award is presented to students who enrich their science studies through an extended project. They require around 30 hours of project work where students develop their own project idea and gain experience of going through the scientific process.

crest 04Presenting the Awards Clare Harvey, CEO of the Ogden Trust, the leading Physics education and inspiration charity said of the APS students, “the work they have done is exceptional. Grass routes projects such as these are how we will engage the scientists of the future”

Alexandra Park School Headteacher, Mr Michael McKenzie, adds, “We have a simple goal at APS; to change the way science is perceived of and taught across this country. This primary partners project is a vital link in this aim."


Summer term Science

25 of our Y12 students received Silver Crest awards from the British Association for Science for the work they have been doing with local primary schools running primary science clubs. Their portfolios are exceptional – here are some notes from the assessor and some pictures of the superb work:

These were really enjoyable to read and had clearly had a lot of thought and effort put into them.
The aims of the project were very clear and the students worked towards a goal, evaluating and having their work evaluated as they went.
The students acknowledged any problems and thought of innovative ways to overcome them.
The students exhibited their understanding by communicating their work effectively to the primary school children.
The projects were well researched.
The risk assessments meant any ethical or safety concerns were acknowledged.

Primary Science Club 1  Primary Science Club 2            




Primary Science Club 3


Very Well done to






Charlotte-Ambar Brown




Esme Keeley-Fermor













Susanna De Sena




Dwarka Davay







Teentech Awards final at the Royal society

Jamie Toeg and Ted Procter have, for the second year running, made the TeenTech awards final – their design for a new form of bike lock beat off stiff competition from around the UK and I have no doubt they will wow the VIP judges at this year’s final. Maggie Philbin and CEO of TeenTech says ‘Many congratulations on reaching the final of the TeenTech Awards 2017! The standard of entries was exceptional this year so getting to this stage is a very considerable achievement!’ – If they win their category they will be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their award.



Biology Challenge

Huge congratulations to these five students


D. Marshall

Da Silva






They all received gold in the Biology Challenge and will be attending an awards ceremony at the IET in Savoy Place in July, which will include a talk by Tim Birkhead, author and animal behaviour and the history of science professor at the University of Sheffield.

Animal research assembly and workshops

It’s not just the award winners benefiting form the hard work and dedication of APS science team – Ms Salih organised a morning or talks and workshops, for the whole of year 10, from the team at understanding animal research.

This was highly enjoyable – here are some quotes from year 10s:

It was an insightful and highly informative talk, that gave us the positives of animal testing, without making the onlookers pushed on to either side of the argument. I particularly enjoyed, the class workshop and I was able to express parts of the talk that I found intriguing. It was brilliant and worth learning about from an expert.Kier Chauhan
I really enjoyed the talk on Thursday because I felt that the person who was talking was good at his job, this definitely made the assembly a lot more fun. However I didn’t like the bit about the rat because it was a tad gory but I would listen to it again because it was great. Sam Crooks

Summer lecture

Finally look out for your invitation to our summer lecture on Monday 3rd July – The Web: what happens behind the click? Dan Applequist peels back the layers of science and technology behind the click.


Easter Science Talk: The Shard

 rosaOn a sunny Spring afternoon in the week before Easter, 220 friends and family of APS were treated to a wonderfully inspiring talk covering engineering, teamwork and the passion it takes to complete big projects.  Roma worked on the shard from 2006 to 2012 and by the range and abundance of questions from the audience, it seems the building certainly has a place in hearts and minds as large as it occupies on the London skyline.

Roma's talk offered fantastic careers guidance and stimulation for the engineering profession.  I look forward to reading her book, 'Built - the Hidden Stories Behind our Structures', when it is released next year.

She made it really funny, but at the same time she taught us the important factors of The Shard. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait until the next talk.Oscar Hills, Y8
shard audience
Thanks again for organizing such great lectures for the kids - I brought both my kids (my daughter goes to Archer in East Finchley) and both were so impressed.  I especially appreciated that you had a woman speaker on engineering first because I like to inspire my daughter with femaile role models (especially in STEM) and second because I'm a strong supporter of getting more girls into STEM topics.Dan Appelquist

Outstanding achievement in national Biology competition

This week the final results were announced for the Royal Society of Biology’s national Biology Challenge competition. This highly respected and rigorous competition is difficult to perform well in, however this year over 100 of our Year 9 and 10 students did well enough to be awarded with a certificate, which is an outstanding achievement. Particular recognition goes to the students who received the Gold certificate, which places them in the top 5.4% of the country.

Students who received the Gold award were:

  • Jack Holladay
  • Gabriel Da Silva
  • Clem Marshall
  • Ted Proctor
  • Charlie Thomas

royal society of biology

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