APS News

Pompeii Trip 2018

Mr Short and Mr Bonham-Carter recently took Year 11 classics students on a very successful trip to Pompeii. Below are comments from some of the students involved:

The trip was relaxing but yet fast paced and energetic at the same time. We wasted no time in the beautiful ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and saw everything we could have hoped to have seen in the time we had. We also got an educational commentary on the sights from Mr Bonham-Carter and Mr Short who I’m sure had an insightful time also. Not just educational but also highly enjoyable as Naples provided us with the best pizza that we have ever tasted and a picturesque view from the Bay.Daniel, 11X

It had been a week of rain and gloom in England and I think just about everyone was missing the heat and fun of the summer, there couldn’t have been a better time to jump on a plane (albeit the crack of dawn), and fly to the sunny, beautiful Amalfi coast. The days were jam packed indulging in both the rich history of Herculaneum and Pompeii and huge amounts of pizza, pasta and ice cream. What's more we had the amazing experience of swimming in the Bay of Naples during a stunning sunset after a warm and chock-a-block day visiting Pompeii and the beautiful Sorrento. A brilliant weekend that made returning to the cold and raining London with tonnes of homework and revision just that much more depressing.Flo, 11X

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GCSE Results 2018

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.”

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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.”

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Science Fair

On Tuesday 26th of June, APS main hall was completely taken over by 59 amazing science projects from our local primary schools. The Science Fair day offered KS2 pupils with the best projects the opportunity to see others' projects, explain their work to the judges, complete a lab sessions at APS, see a science show and have a chance of winning an award and prize!

The quality of the projects was incredible, with topics like ‘why can’t you land on Jupiter’, ‘how much sugar are we drinking’, ‘global pollution’, ‘robotics’, ‘slime’, ‘how does sight and smell effect taste’ and 53 more! The students from Y3-Y6 explained their projects amazingly often with excellent practical demonstrations. Over the course of the day the project stands were visited by 100s of KS3 pupils as well as staff and judges.

On the day we were also joined by seven STEM ambassadors, this provided excellent careers links, guidance, and an unbiased supply of judges! As well as displaying their project, the primary students also attended two workshop sessions, 1 making a torch and the other on balanced forces. We could not have run this day without the help and support form a brilliant team of Y10 prefects and Y12 helpers so huge thanks to you guys too.

The day was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year already!

Here are a few student and staff comments;

Thanks so much for doing the science fair, we enjoyed it the whole time! Archie & Hannah – Coldfall Yr6
We loved the day and wish we could do it all over again now! Thandi, Jessica and Max
Thanks you so much for such a fun science day. We had so much fun! – Yr5 teacher
The projects were great, I got to use a robotic arm and make slime. Sam
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