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Term Dates

 Key Dates 2020/21
Autumn Term 2020

Public Holidays:

  • Christmas Day
    Fri 25th Dec 2020
  • Boxing Day
    Mon 28th Dec 2020
  • New Year's Day
    Fri 1st Jan 2021
  • Good Friday
    Fri 2nd April 2021
  • Easter Monday
    Mon 5th April 2021
  • May Day
    Mon 3rd May 2021
  • Spring Bank Hol
    Mon 31st May 2021

Holidays in Term Time

We do not authorise holidays in term time under any circumstances. Can parents / carers please ensure that they do not book holidays or flights before term ends or after term has begun. Every day in school matters.
The school sees the number of requests for time out of school to visit seriously sick elderly relatives rise massively in the last two weeks of July and the first week of September. It is impossible for us to distinguish between a bona fide request and those seeking cheaper flights. A false request is morally wrong, a bad example to set children and is unfair on those who do have a family crisis.

INSET Day Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Autumn 1

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Friday 23th October 2020


Monday 26th October 2020

Friday 30th October 2020

Autumn 2

Monday 2nd November 2020

Friday 18th December 2020

INSET Day Monday 16th November 2020


Monday 21st December 2020

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Spring Term 2021

Spring 1

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Friday 12th February 2021


Monday 15th February 2021

Friday 19th February 2021

Spring 2

Monday 22nd February 2021

Wednesday 31st March 2021

INSET Day Monday 22nd March 2021


Thursday 1st April 2021

Friday 16th April 2021

Summer Term 2021

Summer 1

Monday 19th April 2021

Friday 28th May 2021


Monday 31st May 2021

Friday 4th June 2021

Summer 2

Monday 7th June 2021

Friday 23th July 2021


Monday 26th July 2021


Early dismissals - students will be dismissed at 12.30pm

  • Thursday 24th September
  • Thursday 8th October

APS Prospectus

Please view our current brochure below, or download a copy from here.


Our Values

School is about more than exam results; we educate the whole student.

When we say goodbye to students at the end of their time with us, we hope that they are well-rounded individuals, confident about their futures, with the skills to achieve on their chosen paths.  To ensure this, we actively teach values and characteristics that we believe will help them during their time at school and later in life.

aps values

Further information on the values and how we report on them can be found here.


Careers Education at Alexandra Park School


  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers          
Careers Assemblies    
Careers Related lesson during National Careers Week
Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days
Register and use startprofile          
One to one career coaching for those making subject choices          
Careers Fair      
Open Evening for Subject choices          
Information on post-school options    
Opportunities to attend university open days        
Opportunities for Work Experience          
Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities            
Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers          
Support with Personal Statements and CVs          
Download the Annual Careers Plan


Focus / Activities

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. Throughout the year, and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries.   Work Related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in citizenship lessons.

Key Stage 3

In addition to the above students in Year 8 will take part in a careers themed day and in Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school.  The Year 9 Options process includes an evening for parents, a separate assembly for students and all students have an individual guidance appointment with an independent careers adviser.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in careers themed educational visits.

Key Stage 4

All Year 11 students will have a personal interview with a careers advisor.  There is also a careers guidance ‘clinic’ focussing on interviews for Year 11 students (which is available to students in Year 10 too).  Students in Years 10 and 11 have access to work experience placements where appropriate. 

In addition, we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening for students and parents to prepare student for post-16 progression.  All students in Year 11 receive two personal Information, Advice and Guidance Appointments with senior staff and the sixth form team to discuss their options for post-16 study.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers.  In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from varied employment areas are invited into school to present to and meet with students.   All students in Year 12 will have a personal interview with a careers advisor and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.  

Once examinations have been completed in June of Year 12 the enrichment programme focusses almost entirely upon preparing for progression with a particular (but not exclusive) focus upon university applications.  Support includes a Higher Education Evening for parents, visits to universities and the opportunity to attend briefings / Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and subject experts from City University, KCL, LSE and Oxbridge and UCL which are arranged in school.  Many students also participate in preparatory programmes organised by top universities for specific subject areas for example LSE Choice Pathways to Law, Target Medicine and The Brilliant Club.


General careers advice including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications


Work experience




Gap Years


Year in Industry / Headstart


For further information, please contact the APS Careers Leader Tony Cummisky on 020 8826 5011  or email tcummisky@alexandrapark.school