Dear Students, Parents and Carers
The final two weeks of term before the Christmas holiday are always busy and involve some alterations to the usual schedule, so please make a note of the following changes and dates for your diary.
On Monday 10th December, the science department are hosting The Ogden Christmas Lecture. This year our own Mr. Nicholls will present his fascinating talk on Sharks, Home and Away – Adventures from the UK and around the world. This is a popular, ticket only event. Pre-ordered Christmas trees purchased through the APS Parents’ Association can also be collected from the school playground on 10th December between 4.30-5.30pm and 6.30-7.30pm. We will be serving mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Year 11 students begin their GCSE mock examinations from Monday 10th December. Students have been given all relevant details and the mock timetable is available on the school website. We wish them all the best of luck.
Christmas lunch will be served on Wednesday 19th December. The cost of the lunch will be £3.20, which will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a desert. A vegetarian option will also be available. Free school meal tickets can also be used. Snacks and sandwiches will only be on sale at break time.
Student tracker information for Years 7 – 11 will be sent home with students on Wednesday 19th December.
On Thursday 20th December, we will hold Celebration Assemblies for each year group when awards are presented to students for excellent attendance, engagement, achievement and to those students who have demonstrated the APS values.
On Friday 21st December there will be an optional non-uniform day (£1 if paid in advance; £2 if you pay on the day). The money raised will be donated to the following charities: Save the Children, All People All Places, which is a local homeless charity, and Don’t Forget the Kids, another local charity who give help and support to young people who have a family member being treated for cancer. There will be an early dismissal for students at 12.30pm. Students on free school meals can collect a lunch at breaktime.
Please remember that the Headteacher’s Newsletter, along with an increasing amount of other school correspondence, is now delivered by email – do inform the school if your email address changes.
This has been a busy and productive term at Alexandra Park School and I thank you all for your continuing support. The staff and I wish you and your families Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year.
Another whole school show comes to a close. We started in September with auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with over 100 excited students. Our hope was to bring together all year groups in a shared experience that they would remember happily for a long time; an experience for them and their parents to cherish. One that an audience would admire for their commitment and the high standard of the cast and musicians involved. Over the following weeks the costumes, set, dance routines, acting and songs began to fall into place. The anticipation on first night was palpable and the students duly delivered.
The play was a great success and one that all performers, musicians and backstage crew, from year 7 to year 13, can be justifiably proud. The wonderful comments and praise from the audience was a huge thank you and reward for the drive and the resilience of all students and staff involved.
An enormous thank you must go out to the dedicated band of APS teachers, pupils, parents and carers and of course, the site team, without whom the production could not have happened.
See you next year!
Our very own Anna Bauss (8E) was announced as the winner of the National Geographic Children’s Photography Competition.
Her photograph was chosen from more than 2000 entries, which makes this achievement even more impressive. Anna has won her family a holiday to Borneo for her efforts!
The judges commented on Anna’s entry:
There is beauty and joy in this image. It shows togetherness despite apparent difference. Add to that the perfect harmony of patterns and this photograph is a memorable masterpiece
Following her win, Anna commented:
I’m so happy my picture has been chosen. It feels like a dream! I took so many pictures of the Fodies that the camera ran out of battery. My parents were cross with me because we couldn't take any more photos that day...but they’re definitely not upset now that I’ve won!
To celebrate Black History Month in Art, Key Stage 3 students spent two lessons working together to create a series of posters to celebrate the achievements of black and ethnic minority communities and their contributions to British society. The strongest posters from each year group won a prize and their work was displayed at the APS Beyond Race Showcase.
There were some great entries this year and well done to this year’s winners and runners up.
Winner - Nina Yr.7
2nd - Martha Yr. 7
3rd - Mayah Yr.7
Winner - Emily H Yr.8
2nd - Emily C Yr.8
3rd - Freddie Yr.8
Winner - Jazz Yr.9
2nd - Maia Yr.9
3rd - Olivia Yr.9
4th - Isabella Yr.9
5th - Tim Yr.9
APSA invites you to pre-order your Christmas trees.
The trees are 150/170cm (5ft-6ft) premium grade ‘Nordman low drop’ Christmas trees.
Each tree costs £40. All proceeds will go to the school’s mini bus fund.
The trees are to be collected on Monday 10th December, the day of our annual Christmas lecture, choir and festivities, from the school playground.
On the 10th December the trees can be collected between 4:30 – 5:30pm and 6:30-7:30pm (the Christmas lecture will run between 5:30-6:30pm). We regret you will be unable to pick up your tree at any other time.
Information on the Christmas lecture and how to sign up can be found here.
Please fill in the order form available to download here and the payment option will be set up on ParentPay when the form is returned to the school office.
Last payment date Thursday 29th November
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Students and staff at APS Sixthform have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have been a joy to teach and have achieved highly.
A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. Those with straight As or A*s include: Miles, Ava, Mohammed, Jeremy, Ruby, Benjamin, George, Malindi, Eve, Lottie, Phoebe, Sharon, Ismet, Raphaella, Elizabeth, Maritsa and Max.
These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications with the majority of students achieving Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone this year, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include Burak and Amy.
Intended destinations for the Class of 2018 includes Oxford, Imperial College, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham and Loughborough and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Biochemistry, Sports Management, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Business Management, Computer Science, Law, Theology and many more. Other students have secured places on highly competitive apprenticeship pathways including Engineering at Siemens, Nursing with the NHS and Journalism at the BBC.
St John Starkie, Sixthform Director said “We are very proud of this level of exceptional performance and the tenacity and resilience of all of our students; some of which have overcome very challenging personal circumstances this year. These results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. The combination of strong pastoral support, excellent teaching and opportunities to experience some ‘fun’ along the way has resulted in our students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”
“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said Headteacher Michael McKenzie. “The school continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational Post 16 courses. Providing a broad curriculum to a diverse and large student body is central to our core beliefs and it is very satisfying to see them being successful.
“It is also very clear from these results that our focus on quality teaching by expert subject specialists, together with a culture of hard work and high expectations provide an environment where students can thrive and realise their full potential. With these qualifications, they have opened many and varied doors to life beyond APS. This success is also down to the fantastic support the students receive from their parents and the wider community connected with the school. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their hard academic work, thank them for their contributions to the wider school community and wish them every success for their collective futures.”
Students at APS are celebrating yet another year of excellent GCSE examination results. Under government reforms, GCSE grades for the majority of subjects are now awarded on a scale from 1, being the lowest, to 9, being the highest. There has once again been a rise at our school in the proportion of the three highest grades awarded. More than a third of the results recorded by pupils at the school were at the new 9 to 7 grades comparable to A** A* and A for GCSE. At APS 11% grade 9’s, 23% grade 8 and above and 40% grade 7 and above were achieved by the students. This represents a phenomenal return on the efforts of both the students and staff throughout the duration of the courses.
The school’s analysis indicates that, yet again, APS have again significantly exceeded national expectations for attainment and progress. Attainment 8 will exceed 57 and Progress 8 will be above 0.5, both indicators are outstanding. This shows that our young people do better by attending APS than if they went elsewhere. Many pupils gained outstanding results. More than a third of our students gained at least 5 GCSEs at these top grades and or particular note are the twelve students who achieved 5 or more grade 9s. Progress has been a key focus this year and has been exemplified by the terrific performance of so many of our students. Students such as Alex shown below who far exceeded his expectations. His story is not atypical at the school. Alex said, upon opening his results, “It was a bit of a shock and surprise but a really nice feeling after all the hard work and persistence to achieve the grades I did.”
Headteacher, Michael McKenzie, said "APS is a high performing school. We are very proud of the achievements of the students this year. We are delighted with the results that the students have achieved. Like all schools, students and staff have had to step up to the challenge of the more rigorous and demanding qualifications that have been set by the exam boards. We are particularly proud of how well the school meets the needs of all its students from the most-able students to those with significant need. We demonstrate clearly the success of comprehensive education.
“This is based on the simple but effective formula of high quality courses, taught well by expert staff, to hard-working students supported effectively by their families and our community."
“It is clear from these results that students can thrive in the learning environment that staff cultivate at Alexandra Park School. We are matching students to the correct courses whilst retaining a broad and balanced curriculum that opens doors for the next stage in their lives. We are looking forward to continuing those relationships with the students who join us into our successful Sixth Form. For all the students, however, I would like to congratulate them on their success and wish them the very best for their futures.”
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.
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...
Mrs Stopps says…
Another 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.