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APS reaccredited with the "World Class School Quality Mark"

We are delighted to announce that we have successfully been reaccredited with the "World Class School Quality Mark".

The process started in September with the completion of a detailed report which has to comply with the standards set by the WCSQM.  The second part of this gruelling process involved us being partnered with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.  The students worked together to produce a short video, detailing why we are 'World Class'.  You can view the video below.

Three Year 12 students were then invited to a Symposium event where they listened to a talk from Grayson Perry RA CBE on 'Trusting your Intuition'.

APS students Eleanor Barclay, Celia Warre and Abashal Missongo received the award on behalf of our school.

 

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Alumni Doctors and Scientists return to APS

Thank you to the following ex-students who came back into APS to lead a Women into Maths and Science conference.

Dr. Naomi Moris, Dr. Amber Shivarajan, Stephie Waldheim, Emma Robins, Emma Copley and Ellen Jolley.  All experts in their field of Maths or Science.

56 year 9 and year 10 girls participated in the event.  Comments included...

Empowering
Exciting
Inspired

 

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APS Open Evening - Thursday 27th September 2018 6-8pm

APS Open Evening - Thursday 27th September 2018 6-8pm

This is the annual opportunity to visit the school and departments, meet with staff and students and hear the Headteacher's talk.

There will be 3 opportunities to hear the Headteacher's talk.  Tickets for the later talks will be available at the gates as you arrive.  We will give out as many tickets as we have seats available.

In previous years, the 1st talk has filled up almost instantly.  If you would like to attend this talk, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

open eve 02 smHeadteacher's talks

6.15pm
Please go straight to the hall

7.00pm
Please collect a pink ticket from the gate

8.00pm
Please collect a yellow ticket at the gate


Open Mornings - Monday 1st October and Tuesday 2nd October 2018

open eve 02 smOpen mornings present an opportunity to visit the school on a working school day.  There will be a student-led tour and an opportunity for a short Q&A with the Headteacher.

Visits are by appointment only.  Limited to 250 people per day.

Bookings for open mornings will be made available in September 2018.

Unfortunately we are not able to offer individual tours of the school if you miss these events.

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Ski Trip 2019 - Switzerland

Mrs Stopps says…

folgaria 01Another great Ski Trip to Italy this February half term 

Although the early rises may have been tough for some of us, it was needed to pack so much into the day and WOW we did fit lots in.  

Incredible 5 hours of lessons every day from the fabulous ski instructors, which took us far and wide all over the mountains seeing some spectacular views.  Even the beginners managed to ski the Red slopes by the end of the week and saw some incredible sights. 

Then, every evening filled with exciting activities such as ice-skating, Bowling, Quizzes & even throwing ourselves down a ski run on a rubber ring! 

Resilience, teamwork and helping each other were fundamental in making this such a successful trip.

Well done to all the Students that did so well and the Staff for all their help.

Next year’s ski trip to Switzerland 2019 notice is being emailed today!  

Please note the deadline for the returned slips are this Wednesday 25th April. 

Mrs Stopps

Download the letter and application form

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Not mum, but sons and daughters gone to Iceland!

Another great GCSE geography trip to Iceland this year!  A group of forty students in years 10 and 11 spent five days exploring the top natural attractions that Iceland has to offer. Students had the opportunity to swim in the Blue Lagoon (a natural geothermal hot spring), hike the glacier tongue of Solheimajokull, walk along the rift valley forming where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart (Mid-Atlantic Ridge), watch Geysir erupt, and explore the black volcanic beach and the magnificent basalt cliffs and caves to name just a few.

It was a great opportunity to see and experience some phenomenal geographical features and landscapes.

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Mandarin Excellence Programme

APS is one of just 14 founding schools on The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP).  This is a national project aimed to develop a cohort of secondary school students to near-native Mandarin proficiency by 2020.  APS is leading the way amongst the group of schools selected.  Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb visited Alexandra Park School to meet our Year 8 MEP students.  ITN Captured all the action.

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Y Viva España

Learning Spanish with us is great - exploring three super exciting southern Spanish cities and their rich culture in one trip was phenomenal!

A group of forty students spent four days exploring the top attractions in Seville, Granada and Cordoba at the end of January. The students now have a real sense of the Andalusian region and the strong Arabic and Moorish influence from exploring mosques, cathedrals and old towns – not no mention the breath-taking sceneries and flamenco lessons followed by an inspiring flamenco show in the heart of Seville. Hurray! ...or should we say.. ¡Olé!

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APS Careers Fair

The Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School on Thursday, 18th January 2018 was another great success.  A wide variety of exhibitors attended including universities, employers and an increasing range of apprenticeship providers. Exhibitors commented on how they had never met such conscientious Year 9 students and were pleased with the thoughtful questions from Year 11s. Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to gain some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeship options.

Students were grateful of the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vocational ideas. Here are some Year 9 student comments:

I talked to lots of people and the Lawyer helped me think about how I can qualify with the right skills and subjects.
Until the careers fair, I didn't realise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.
I learnt about what opportunities there are for the GCSEs you take.
I’m now much clearer about what an Apprenticeship is.
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A Weekend in Paris

As part of their A level studies, our sixth form students undertook a research weekend in Paris exploring the development of the motion picture house. Our intrepid group of AS and A-level French students travelled to Paris at the height of the recent flooding. Undaunted, they did research at the cinemathèque, climbed to the top of Montmartre (twice!) and saw every major monument from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. In the true spirit of linguistic explorers, they walked a mind-boggling 50,000 steps and even managed to keep their feet dry. Tres bien.

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Parent Local Governor Elections 2018

Alexandra Park School will be electing a new local parent governor in February 2018.  The timeline for these elections will be as below:

  • Nominations close midday Wedensday 31st January 2018
  • Online voting opens midday Wednesday 7th February 2018
  • Online voting closes midday Wednesday 14th February 2018
  • Election results published Wednesday 21st February 2018

We look forward to your participation.

Thank you to all parents who participated in the Alexandra Park School Local Governors Election.  Nominations were received for Mr. Robert James-Robbins, Mr. Jose Morago, Mr. Frank Reynolds and Mr. Dan Salem.  The votes have now been counted and we are pleased to announce Frank Reynolds will be our new Parent Local Governor.  Congratulations to Frank and a big thank you to all nominees who put themselves forward.

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