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Reading Resources

bookcaseReading Resources (Key Stage 3)

The texts studied at GCSE are Lord of the Flies (William Golding), Romeo & Juliet (William Shakespeare) and Jekyll and Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson).

For a selection of other recommended reading, please look at the reading lists below.

Action and Adventure

Coming of Age

Fame, Fortune and Infamy

Fantasy and Fiction

Historical Fiction


Non-Fiction Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

Year 7 and 8

Year 7 - Childhood

Year 8 - Great Reads


Making your GCSE choices

This marks an exciting time in your school life as you move to KS4.  We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate through.  We wish you all the best with your decision making.

Are you a parent that has a question?  Please submit your question here.

Who will help me decide?

  • Although it's good to talk to your friends, do not make the mistake of choosing the same courses as them. Choose the courses for you.
  • Talk to the teachers that know you best - Form Tutor, Director of Studies.
  • Talk to the subject teachers and ask them what they think.


  • Step 1: Watch the PowerPoint from Mr Silverman
  • Step 2: Read the curriculum guide.  Note down any questions you may have.
  • Step 3: Watch the subject presentations.
  • Step 4: Still have questions?  Submit them via this form.
  • Step 5: Make your choices.  Please have your login details to hand to access the APS Options website – you will have received these via email.

Key Staff

If you have any questions relating to your options, please use the contact details below.

Mr Silverman (Deputy Headteacher) - dsilverman@alexandrapark.school
Ms Falola (KS4 Co-ordinator) afalola@alexandrapark.school
Mr Panagi (Director of Studies) apanagi@alexandrapark.school
Ms Perry (Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion) kperry@alexandrapark.school


Below are some links to further information which may help you decide which options to choose.


APS students shortlisted in Take pArt Art Challenge

KS3 Art club students attended weekly sessions to create unique compositions for the 'Take pArt Art Challenge' competition supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered by national charity Children & the Arts. The theme for the competition consisted of exploring the topic 'Evolve'.

A number of our talented KS3 Art students entered the ‘Schools by Year 7-9 pupils’ category and as a result, out of 750 entries, three of our students’ compositions were shortlisted. Emily, Mila and Millie and their guests attended a private viewing to celebrate their achievements at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Alongside such an outstanding achievement, Mila’s composition was awarded as runner up for the ‘National Schools by Year 7-9 pupils’ category.

The Art department are all very proud of the students who attended KS3 Art club on a weekly basis to enter the ‘Take pArt Art Challenge’ competition.


Student Tracker Report - KS3 Guide

Download a PDF of this guide

Please note that there is a further FQA document in the parent Guides and Reporting section of the website, should you want more information about the reports.

1. Academic Progress Tracking Report:

APS Values GCSE Table

A) Minimum GCSE target grades are based on prior attainment data and are set using the new 9-1 grading system, as all students currently studying in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be sitting only the ‘new’ (reformed) GCSEs.
The diagram on the right illustrates how these new grades relate to the old A*-C / D-G grading system.




B) Progress in relation to these minimum target grades is assessed each term in every subject using the definitions below. Reports will continue to include assessment from previous terms for comparison.
Progress against expectations relates to a student’s individual target, rather than an age-related expectation. A student will be assessed as ‘secure’ if their current performance indicates that they are on track to achieve their GCSE target by the end of Year 11.

KS3 report

C) Attendance and Punctuality are also shown on all reports. The expectation is that students will have no lates and a minimum of 95% attendance.

2. Values Reports

The values report has a broader educational focus, with the intention of developing a range of valuable attributes that will prepare students for life after school. The values are taught in subject areas and via the pastoral system. There are two Values reports per year, in December and July.
All teaching staff contribute to the values report based on observation of each value during class activities and interactions. Individual staff contributions are averaged to create the report you receive.