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Pre-order your Christmas tree

The Parents Association invites you to pre-order your Christmas trees

The trees are 150/170cm (5ft-6ft) premium grade 'Nordman low drop' Christmas trees.

christmas tree animated gif 30Each tree costs £40, with all proceeds going to the school’s hardship fund.

The trees are to be collected on Tuesday 12th December, the day of our annual Christmas lecture, choir and festivities, from the school playground.

On the 12th December the trees can be collected between 4:30–5:30pm and 6:30-7:45pm (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.

If you are interested in attending the Christmas lecture please sign up 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 is Wednesday 29th November.

Thank you


Key Terms and Conditions:

  • The school needs to meet the minimum order number required by the supplier. If this number is not met, we will not be able to place the order and the money paid via Parent Pay will be refunded.
  • The tree collections are on a first come first served basis, so if you would like to have a choice of the tree please arrive early.
  • There is no parking on the school site. Trees will need to be carried to the location of the car outside of school or carried home.
  • We will endeavour to assist you to carry the tree to the car (not homes) but this may not be possible.
  • The trees must be collected on Monday 12th December at the times specified. 
  • The school has no facility for refunding after the order has been placed, you will need to take the tree back to the supplier in Reigate if you are dissatisfied.

MYRIAD - My resilience in adolescence

The MYRIAD Project

Year 7 students Only

myriad 02Alexandra Park School are partnering with UCL on an exciting new project starting this Summer term. The project is being conducted in partnership with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and will compare the effects of two  social and  emotional  learning  (SEL)  programmes, which aim to improve young people’s study skills and wellbeing.  

Students are invited to take part in an 8-week course as well as three data collection sessions, one before and two after completion of the programme.

At the start of the study students are randomly assigned to one of two SEL programmes. Participants must then attend a 40 minute lessons once a week for eight weeks, either on Wednesday or Thursday. These sessions will be led by a trained teacher and will be conducted in APS on Wednesday and Thursday after school for 40 minutes.

myriad 01Why take part?

  • Learn new skills
  • Work your wellbeing and personal development
  • Earn up to £90

If you are interested, please download the information and cosent forms from below, returning the completed consent form to Ms. O'Gorman in The Bridge.

Download the Information Sheet *

Download the Consent Form *

* Please note: parents / guardians will need to read both the Information Sheet and the Parental Consent Form in order for their child to take part in the study.  Handing in of the consent form does not guarantee a place, as groups will be very small.


Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017

On Tuesday 18th July saw the return of our annual 'Beyond the Currculum Day', during whic students partake in many activities extending their learning and experiences beyond the curriculum.

This year saw activities such as a trip to the largest Gurdawara outside of India and a trip to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.

Images from the eventful day can be viewed below.

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BBC News Presenter visits APS

BBC Today programme presenter, Mishal Husain spoke to all of Year 9 about her life and career.

The Hall was rearranged to resemble a Question Time layout and representatives from each form questioned Mishal on a range of topics. Year 9 behaved in an exemplary fashion throughout and Ms Husain conveyed many powerful messages on the importance of aiming high and being resilient when things don’t work out.

Thank you to Mishal for captivating our students and well done to Year 9 for their behaviour and thoughtful questions.


Year 8 Artist in Residence

This month a small group of our year 8 students were selected to take part in a special Artist in Residence workshop led by Ceramic artist, Ricky Grimes. 

During the workshop, students learned how to sculpt with clay and explore a variety of different techniques to build different types of sculpture based on their current project ‘My London’.

The students mind-mapped a broad range of ideas from environmental to social issues within London and created some fantastic final outcomes. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Ricky Grimes for his time and expertise with our students and to the year 8 students for their time and hard work.

Ms Bent

Alexandra Park wins at Oxford again!

Congratulations to Jamie Toeg (10L) for winning the prestigious Orwell Youth Prize at Pembroke College, Oxford.  In addition, another APS student: Flo Ellary (9X), was awarded a "highly commended" certificate.  Schools from across the country take part in this competition, which aims to ‘make political writing into an art’.

As part of the national competition, our students participated in two writing workshops where they explored the theme of the prize this year, ‘Identity’. They were then encouraged to discover and develop their talents and abilities by submitting writing to professional writers who offered personal feedback on their entries. Our students demonstrated excellent engagement in the workshops and really used this opportunity to explore the power of writing; to then have two winners from this is incredible. 

To celebrate the students' participation, all those who entered were invited to attend a Celebration Day at Oxford University. In addition to the prize giving ceremony, the day is an opportunity to inspire young people with writers’ seminars and a lively debate. This year a special election manifesto debate was held where two out of the four political parties created were led by APS students. The engagement and passion demonstrated by all our young people was amazing and a pleasure to watch.

Well done to all those who participated, especially to Jamie and Flo. APS students winning two years in a row is a fantastic achievement!


APS Student Makes News with London Citizen Journalist Competition Win

Joel Kiffin with Richard PeelAlexandra Park School pupil, and Haringey citizen journalist, Joel Kiffin was a winner at the 2017 London Voices jounalist competition.  These awards, sponsored by The Media Society and London Learning Consortium, took place during a high profile event at the London Reform Club last week.  Joels written entry considers the pros and cons of social media for democracy, and was part of a competition designed to encourage new talent into journalism.

Dubbed London Voices, the competition aims to promote emerging journalism talent across the capital and to generate a range of new perspectives and ideas about London.  Aspiring citizen journalists submitted articles, videos or photos which debated and challenged the ways people think about their communities.  The competition was launched against a background of discussion about the proliferation of 'fake news', and is part of an attempt to fight back by encouraging citizens to become part of reporting 'real' news about their communities and issues.

Joel Kiffin with Stephen Jeffery and Richard PeelJoel's interest in politics was evident in his written entry to the competition, discussing ideas about the use and misuse of social media, and the extent to which it could be seen as contributing to or stifling democratic debate.  His entry was even more impressive, considering that Joel has only just completed his A Levels, and was one of the youngest entrants to the competition.  His entry can be read on the London Voices website at http://www.londonlc.org.uk/london-voices/.

Media Society judges Patrick Barrow and Barney Jones loved Joel's "well presented" article and felt it was, "informative, carefully prepared and well backed up with quotes and statistics".  He was presented with his award by President of The Media Society, Richard Peel.

Having just completed his studies at Alexandra park School, Joel has applied to university to study Journalism and Media.  He intends to continue with his twin passions of sport (cricket, football, tennis and Formula One) and writing, and he has plans to eventually work within either print media or broadcast media such as radio.


Year 7 Taster Evening

The APS year 7 taster evening took place on 5th July, providing parents with invaluable information pertaining to year 7 and the transition process.

Information provided on the evening can be found in the presentation available to download from below.


Our Year 7 Team  

Director of Studies: Mr. Nathan Richardson

020 8826 4899


Transition Manager: Ms. Serap O'Flynn

020 8826 4852


Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3: Ms. Joanna Chadwick

020 8826 4893


APS Sports Personality of the Year

Congratulations to the following students on receiving sports personality of the year nominations for consistently showing the following values in PE.

  • Ashani - Resilience
  • Jasper - Drive
  • Caoimhe - Positivity
  • Bertie - Independence
  • Luca - Hard Work
  • Flo - Empathy

Ashani - 'Resilience'

Jasper - 'Drive'

Caoimhe - 'Positivity'

Bertie - 'Independence'

Luca - 'Hard Work'

Flo - 'Empathy'

Jack Petchey Awards Evening

On Tuesday 21st June, Mr. Allen accompanied six APS pupils, along with their friends and families, to the Jack Petchey Awards Evening for Haringey at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

The evening was to celebrate pupils across Haringey schools who have shown particular determination, diligence, selflessness and positivity throughout the academic year.

A massive well done to Juliet Eaglestone-Harman (Year 7), Solomon Bird (Year 9), Seren Chia Jones (Year 10), Anna Zanelli (Year 10), Finn Cunningham-Tickel (Year 11) and Susanna De Sena (Year 12) for representing the school so magnificently.


Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017 Featured

Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017 is fast approaching.

Students will be taking part in a number of activities outside of their regular curriculum, ranging from a trip to the Gurdwara outside of India to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.

Please find below a full list of the activities that will be available on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

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Activity Year Groups Description
Spoken Word Writing Walk 9, 10 From the bustle of Camden Lock to the quiet of the canal, we will explore lesser known patches of North London for inspiration on our Spoken Word walk. Lunch by the fountains in Granary Square and chilling out on bean bags in the Welcome Collection's magical Reading Room, the day will be dotted with short writing exercises, discussion and performances by those who want to share. We will aim to record any performances from the day (with your permission) to upload to the APS Spoken Word YouTube channel.
Mud Larking on the Thames 9, 10 For 2000 years Londoners have lived around this mighty river. We will go down to the shoreline at low tide and conduct a detailed archaeological search. Expect to find pottery, bones, clay tobacco pipes, old coins, oyster shells, and who knows what! We will bring our findings back to APS and create an amazing display.
Bank of England 10 Want to hold a gold bar worth nearly £400,000? Tour the City where billions of pounds are traded every day? Then come with Mr Cummisky and Ms Stone to the Bank of England. We will stroll through some of the most iconic buildings in The City. We'll visit the museum at the Bank of England. Finally, students will have some free time to get lunch at the many food venues in and around Liverpool Street Station. Open to all in year 10, but might particularly interest those currently doing Business.
Gardening 9, 10 Spend a rewarding and life-affirming day pottering around in the sixth form garden. In a year or two you will be relishing its bowery shade. Build paths, plant plants, enjoy the fruits of your labour relaxing on newly laid turf. Celebrate our green and pleasant land at the culmination of a rewarding day's work with strawberries and cream. Our treat.
Wellness Day 9, 10 We will spend the day looking at ways that you can enhance your mental wellbeing. Our day will start at APS where we will have breakfast and explore how our nutrition can help to focus us and move to Holland Park where will try some different ways of taking care of our mental well being through the Japanese gardens and leafy parkland. Expect to come back to school feeling ready for anything!
BP Portrait Awards 9, 10 Come and visit the National Portrait Gallery and view the final portraits selected for the BP Portrait awards 2016; you will be able to see a broad range of painting styles and will also be able to have a look around the gallery. We will have a picnic lunch in trafalgar square, where you will also be able to enjoy the sights of London.
Play-in-a-Day 9, 10 The magic of live performance at it's best - using raw talent and creative genious, the morning will start with a few resurces and by the end of the day, you will create a unique piece of theatre with set/lighting/sound/props. Last year's political farce featured none other than 'Ronald Hump' in the lead role!
TV News Report 9, 10 Learn about the construction of TV News with a morning session in which we will shoot a range of cutaways and interviews. This will be followed by the editing of the material to help tell the story onscreen. Open to all, but particularly those with basic camer and editing skills from their own projects.
Bread Making Masterclass 9, 10 Fancy yourself as a bt of a Paul Holywood/ Nadiya Hussain? In this bread making masterclass will be making a variety of different breads (both sweet and savory) This is a great oppertunity beacuse bread takes time to prove, and this is something that we are unable to do in normal lessons!
Cable Car and the Crystal 9, 10 The Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, the world's most sustainable events venue, and office space for global engineering powerhouse Siemens.
Natural History Museum 9, 10 Join us for a day out at one of our favourite museums to attend a brand new exhibition entitled "whales: beneath the surface". Dive through one of the world's most compelling evolutionary journeys. More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises' extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us.Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.
PE Carousel 9, 10 Throughout the day you will get the oppertunity to take part in four different activity sessions. You will have the chance to choose what activity you want to do in each session and throughout the day will try sports that you don't usually get offered at school, as well as your old favourites.
Museum of London 8E only 8E Form trip. We will tour the Museum and gain a chronological overview of London's History. After lunch in a nearby park we will then go for a walk to see some of the places mentioned in the Museum firsthand.
Forensic Science 9 Ever thought of becoming a forensics scientist? Join us for a forensics and crime-solving workshop! Forensics is used to gather important evidence that can be used by the police to identify criminal and the justice system to present in court to the public with the aim to convict guilt criminals. In this workshop you will learn how to gather evidence from a crime scene, preform some common forensic experiment and then analyse evidence to identify a potential criminal. Take the first step to becoming a forensic scientist.
Southall Gurdwara 9, 10 Southall Gurdwara is the biggest Sikh place of worship outside of India. You will have the oppotunity to take part in a guided tour and have lunch in the famous Langar. We will also walk through Southall Broadway, to sample some of the culture and diversity the Sikh and Indian community have brought to London.
Kenwood House 9, 10 Students get a chance to investige the abolition movement through Kenwood House and run around Hampsted Heath
Science Museum 9, 10 A fantastic opportunity to visit the World Famous Science Museum with 3 of the best science teachers around. Visit the diverse array of exhibits and see for yourself the rockets used to send man into space and push the boundaries of space flight to the fascinating world medical history to the interactive exhibits and deal with the ever increasing global demands for resources and engineer your own future Earth!
Mini Expedition 9, 10 Practice navigating yourself around the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside using a map and a compass. Walking, talking and laughing in the sunshine plus a lovely picnic. This is a great 'taster' day for the Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions or an opportunity to relive your experiences.
Afro-Asian Masterchef 9, 10 We are taking you on a culinary journey around the world, and yes, it is led by some Maths teachers, Come and join us for a tasty cooking experience. We will teach you how to make Sushi, some Mauritian street food, some traditional food from Cameroon and some Bangladeshi delights. We will even go and source our own ingredients!
Coding in Python: 9, 10 Coding in Python: You will make fun and intriguing programs using Python, solving a range of problems (not all maths!). Problems may include: finding the biggest prime number below a million; writing a list of the first hundred thousand primes; solving Sudoku; writing an interactive quiz. This activity will be interesting and enjoyable for any student who likes solving problems, is interested in coding, and who is not already a high-level Python programmer
Belmont Farm Visit 9, 10 Students will be invited on this trip.
Barbican Centre 9, 10 Students will get the chance to visit the Barbican center and the surrounding landmarks of central London. Exploring the main sites by means of a treasure hunt were they must solve problems and clues in order to discover the different sites and sounds.
International cooking and cinema 9, 10 It will be a two part activity. First part: cooking until 11:30am: Learning to cook international dishes from Turkey, Spain, Mexico and possibly China or France. Second part: afternoon watching a film in target language from Spain, France, China or Turkey with activities related to the movie, music andcultural activities related to the countries and languages we study in APS.
Making Robots 9 Robots are integrating into our lives. You might want to know how they become robots and have an understanding of how they work. Robotics will allow you to build on this as well as improve your logic and programming skills. In the first part of the session you will be following instructions to build a Clawbot and have it remotely working using a wireless controller. The second part of the task is to program the robot. You will be given a scenario in order to explore what a robot can do.
Great British Sewing Bee 9, 10 The sewing challenge will be to make a pair of Pyjama trousers and matching draw string bag. Judging will take place at the end of the day. You can get your own fabric, or give a £4 donation, funds or fabric will need to be handed in 2 weeks prior to BCD. Please see Miss McGill for further fabric details.
Robotics Exhibition 9, 10 From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots exhibition reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world. You are welcome on this trip to explore and get a good understanding of robots.
Gamelan Music Workshop 9, 10 Visit City University in London and participate in a 2 hour Gamelan Workshop, playing Gamelan Music on authentic instruments. Gamelan is the traditional music of Indonesia - we study it in Year 7 at a basic level. The instruments are all percussive and similar to western xylophones and gongs but much more beautiful and exciting. Be prepared to take you shoes off and sit on the floor to play!!