APS News

APS is officially 'World Class'

I am delighted to write to you about the fantastic news that we have been recognised for what we already know about APS - that we are 'World Class'.

The World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) has named Alexandra Park School to have successfully completed the accreditation process to be awarded the status 'World Class'.

WCSQM has awarded the mark to 18 state secondary schools from around the country. We have demonstrated that we far exceed the highest Ofsted inspection grade, and have successfully undertaken the rigorous WCSQM assessment process to demonstrate that we are a class apart.

The WCSQM process required us to provide students capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of our application. APS had to exceed a challenging threshold in Key Stage 4 performance before being invited to participate.  APS students then developed a compelling case for approval through detailed auditing of the school's capabilities, video submissions in support of our application, and participation in an assessment centre event, at which student performances were assessed against a rigorous framework.

Announcing the awards, Miranda Perry, co-director of WCSQM said:

The Mark is about recognising how well the top secondary schools in the country prepare their students to thrive in the 21st century. We are confident that our awarded schools provide their students with the best life chances possible.

The official award ceremony took place on 12th November in central London, with Professor John Mullan, head of English at University College London officiating.  Khanyiso Mtwana, Sam Redfearn and Filmon Simon received the award on behalf of our school community.

Congratulations to us all!!

Read more about World Class Schools at http://www.worldclass-schools.org
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Free novella from APS patron of reading Sam Enthoven

Alexandra Park School's patron of reading, Sam Enthoven, has written a novella which he will be allowing students to read for free online from Friday.

The novella is called 'The Fail' and will be published episodically, a chapter each week, to his website.  The first chapter will be published on Friday 16th October 2015.

Link to 'The Fail' by Sam Enthoven. first chapter published 26/10/2015

Who is Sam Enthoven?

With his rollicking 2006 debut THE BLACK TATTOO, Sam Enthoven fulfilled his dream to become an internationally published author of fantastical action thrillers for young people. Since then he's been touring schools and libraries in his native Britain, inspiring hundreds of budding readers with his passion and enthusiasm. TIM, DEFENDER OF THE EARTH is his second book – or as he modestly puts it, 'Phase Two of my sinister masterplan to conquer the universe!'

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APS students win first aid competition

Congratulations to students from Alexandra Park School who won the St John's Ambulance London Region schools first aid competition, beating teams from all over London.

They have now been invited to the national final in Gloucester on Saturday 24th October.

A special mention goes to Kuba, who received an award for Best First Aider at the competition.

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