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Do you speak a world language at home?

Let your language take you places!

If you speak a world language at home and you are able to read and write in that language, you might be eligible to sit a GCSE or an A Level exam in that language.

For more information, and to collect an application form, please contact Ms. Manzone in room 209 (Languages Department) Wednesdays to Fridays.

Please complete the linked mini-questionnaire to be considered for 2016-2017 examintions or to receive further information.

Link to questionnaire
Download the application form

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Skills London 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I'm sure you are already starting to discuss your children's ideas for their GCSE options.  They do not need to make their choices until March 2017, but they should be thinking carefully from now onwards.

I want to draw your atention to a completely free event at The ExCel Centre that you and your children may find useful.

Skills London 2016 is London's biggest jobs and careers event for young people and takes place at ExCel London 9-10 December 2016.  Aimed at 15-24 year olds, this two day event will provide youngpeople and their families with a rare chance to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and help young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.

You can find more information on their website:


Best wishes,

Crispin Bonham-Carter
Director of Studies Year 9


Slambassadors receive their awards

Congratulations once more to our 'Slambassadors', who attended an event on Sunday 30th October to receive their commended certificates.  The students had a great evening, which was hosted by poet Joelle Taylor.  Another poet, Lemn Sissay presented teh students with their awards.  Of particular note is Beth Hollis, who received a 'highly commended' award.

Pictures from the event are below.


Meet our 'Slambassadors'

13 students from our Spoken Word group recently submitted entries for the national poetry competition 'Slambassadors'.  We are pleased to say that all 13 have been shortlisted.  Only 30 entries from 900 were shortlisted, meaning that OVER 40% of all shortlisted entries were from APS.

Congratulations are in order for the whole Spoken Word group.  Three of the entries can be viewed below


Calling all ex-APS students and teachers Featured

Message from Sharon Hutchinson (Alumni Coordinator)

Calling all ex-APS students and teachers, or 'Old A.Ps' as we know you.

A day doesn't go by without us reflecting on your time here or the impact you made or the changes that have taken place.

"Remember back in the day!"

The school is now 18 years old!  We think it's time to establish our Alumni and see if we can connect staff and students, in order to grow our Alumni group.

Please take a minute and fill in a few details below so that I can keep you updated with upcoming news and events, including possible reunions.

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Week in Sport Featured

Before School activities
 Wednesday  7:45am - Netball Skills
All Welcome
Small Gym


Lunch Time Activities
1:30 - 1:55pm
 Monday Basketball (JBU)
Sports Relief
Obstacle challenge
Sport Hall (RHA/JOF)
 Tuesday Sport Relief
Beat the teacher
Sports Hall (BCO)
 Wednesday Bench Ball (RHA)
Badminton / Table Tennis (PED)
 Thursday Dodgeball (JCD)
Girls Football Yr 8-11 (ECO)
Revision session (BBO)
Detentions (BBO)
 Friday  Dance (ECO)
Yr 7/8 Handball (BCO)
Trampoline club (KPE)



After School Activities 3:15 - 5:00pm

Sports hallSmall GymBall CourtOther
Monday Trampoliningn Club
Girls Volleyball
(External Coach/RHA)
Hockey Club

Detentions EO2
Revision Session AO1/2 
Yr 7/9/10 Football Match
APS v Fortismere

Tuesday   Yr 9/10 Handball
Basketball - All Welcome
Yr 7/8 Girls Rugby Club
Wednesday Badminitona Club
  Tennis (RHA) Wellness Club E02
GCSE Revision EW02
Friday       Drop-in revision KS4/5
101 (KPE/BBO)

APS Student wins George Orwell Youth Prize!

Congratulations to Celia Bergin (10E) for winning this prestigious award at Pembroke College, Oxford.  In addition, two other APS students, Arthur Attenborough (12P) and Elvina Chidley (10K) were awarded "highly commended" certificates.  Schools from across the country take part in this competition which rewards "political writing of outstanding quality".  To have three winners out of the hundreds of entries is a wonderful reflection of our students' engagement and clarity of expression.


Beyond the Curriculum Day 2016

Beyond the curriculum day 2016 is fast approaching.

Students will be taking part in a number of activities outside of their regular curriculum, ranging from a trip to the Imperial War Museum through to cryptography and code breaking.

Please find below a full list of the activities that will be available on 18th July 2016.

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Activity Y9 Y10 Description
Modern Architecture Tour N Y10 Think science and art can never mix? Think again! Architecture is the perfect blend of physics, engineering and design. On our walking tour of the Square Mile we will get down and personal with some of London's most iconic modern buildings from The Shard to The Gurkin. Trip will involve astroll through the City of London and a stop-off at London's premier food market at London Bridge forlunch. Open to year 10 from any subject
Imperial War Museum Y9 N Conflict and War are key influences on many of the GCSE texts, most notably the poetry cluster (Power and Conflict) and Lord of the Flies. Visiting the imperial War museum will be informative and will develop your contextual knowledge in preparation for studying the texts next year. Join the English Department and visit one of the most fascinating museums in London!
Lee Valley Cycling Trip Y9 Y10 Come and enjoy a day at the Lee Valley Mountain Bike Course. We will spend two hours mountain biking and learning new skills. Then we will tour the world famous velodrome and Olympic Park. Helmets and Bikes will be provided at the park.
Huntarian Museum and the Museum of London N Y10 We will be travelling back in time to investigate Robert Louis Stevenson's inspiration for "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". The day will start with a trip to the Museum of London where we will walk the streets of Victorian London and see the type of City that inspired the tale. After lunch we will visit the Huntarian Museum and see the extensive collection of anatomical specimens collected by Dr Hunter, the man many claim to be the inspiration behind Stevenson's enigmatic protagonist.
Olympic Park Walking tour Y9 Y10 Take a walk around the Olympic Park and see where all the magic of 2012 happened! We will be taking part in challenges along the way and finding different activities for you to test your own athletic ability. We will end the day with a picnic and some time for you to do some exploring of your own.
PE Carousel Y9 Y10 You will have the opportunity to take part in all your usual favourite PE activities as well as some new sports that you may not have had the opportunity to try before. Over 3 sessions you will choose between activities like trampolining, tennis, rounders, football, dance, tag rugby, netball and many more.
BP Portrait Awards; National Portrait Gallery Y9 Y10 Comeand 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 alsobe able to enjoy the sights of London.
Kenwood House Y9 Y10 Come to Kenwood, the beautiful 18th century stately home on Hampstead Heath. You will look at the life of Kenwoods most famous resident, Dido Bell, Britains first black aristocrat. Didos life has inspired amajor film called Belle which has just been released in cinemas. You will also use your orienteering skills to explore the key landmarks in the grounds surrounding the famous house.
Emirates Airline and The Crystal Y9 Y10 After some time in and around the O2 arena, take in some of Londons most iconic buildings and attractions as we cross the River Thames on the Emirates Airline to Royal Victoria Docks. Here we will visit The Crystal, home to the worlds largest exhibition on the future of cities. Informative, interactive and creative The Crystal is designed to get us talking about a shared sustainable future: how we live in cities, how we struggle with ideas about how to improve them, how we can make our urban habitats more efficient, cleaner and better to live in - not only for ourselves, but for future generations and the earths diverse ecosystems.
Forensics Y9 Y10 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.
Writing & Recording Rap Y9 N Think youve got what it takes to write a successful, catchy rap and record it all in one day? Then come to the music department where you will be researching rap lyric structure, touring and learning about the studio, writing and producing a rap in two team. Which team will produce the better track?
East London Mosque Y9 Y10 A guided visit of East London Mosque.
Bank of England visit Y9 N How did the sign originate? Why is the Bank of England called The Old Lady? How can you fit millions of pounds into a small tube? Do you want to hold a gold bar worth nearly half a million pounds? How much gold is stored under the Bank? If you want to find out the answers to the above and more, join Mr Cummisky and Ms Stone on activity day. Students will be visiting the Bank of England Museum in the morning followed by packed lunch in the City.
Food Skills Workshop Y9 Y10 Do you love cooking, do you want to expand your skills range and be challenged to create exciting dishes? During the day you will be taught different food skills and then be given the task of creating a dish using those skills and some mystery ingredients!
Grant Museum and Faraday Museum Y9 Y10 Interested in Science?Visit two of London's lesser known museums that will intrigue and fascinate you. The Grant museum contains over 67,000 specimens and is a treasure trove of things you won't see anywhere else from a quagga to a jar of moles.Whereas, the Faraday museum celebrates many of the important scientificdiscoveries that have changed our world. We will have lunch in a London park so join Mr Nicholls and Mr Rae for a top day out.
Visist to Turkish Cultural Centre in Central London & Neareast Section of British Museum N Y10 To see another language learning environment and understand culture in historical and archeogical concept
Visit to the Coca Cola factory Y9 Y10 Take a tour around the Coca Cola factory and see how this iconic beverage is bottled- its on a massive scale and really fast- I promise you will be impressed! A fun filled day with activities and interesting sights.
Wacky Science Y9 N Fizz, bang and pop the day away in series of exciting hands-on science activities. Feeling peckish around lunchtime, no worries, how about making your own desert as you learn about and make your own ice cream!
Lido swimming and rounders in the park Y9 Y10 We will be going to the Park road Lido, for a Swimming Gala. You will be swimming lots of different strokes and lengths. You will also swim in a relay race. You need to be a strong confident swimmer.We will then play rounders in the park.
Making Fiction Films N Y10 This session will offer students who did not pickthe GCSE Mediaoption to learn how to use a videocamera to create meaningful narrative fiction. We will cover fundamentals such as storyboarding sequences,camera framing, continuity and editing techniques.
Play ina day Y9 Y10 Rehearse and perform a play.all in one day! Practise your spoken English, projecting your voice and develop your stage presence while directing and performing in your own play.
Cryptography N Y10 Learn about breaking codes and encrypting text and images! You will learn about the Caesar cipher which has been used for thousands of years, and use python/javascript to decode and encrypt Caesar ciphers. You will also learn about modern encryption, and use python/javascript to encrypt text. Suitable for Y10 students who have an interest in maths and coding, and who have not studied encryption.
Natural History Museum Y9 Y10 Encounter the Museum's largest, smallest and possibly most beautiful specimens in this show about species adaptations and how and why scientists classify life. Students find out about species adaptations and how humans fit into the classification system. They also get the chance to do the job of our enquiries service scientists, if they survive a close encounter with a giant squid.
Enterprise Challenge Y9 Y10 For students taking part in the School Enterprise projects:
Belmont Farm Visit Y9 Y10 Students will be invited on this trip:


Congratulations to Drama Students

Congratulations to our GCSE and AS Level Drama students for their performances to external examiners throughout May.  A range of challenging topics were handled sensitively and professionally by all.  The audiences were drawn into each story by the characters with strong impact created by well-crafted scenes and interesting characterisation.  The commitment to hours of learning lines and rehearsing at lunch time and after school paid off – well done for your collaboration and imaginative approach to the range of texts!  Videos are now available on Moodle for you to view with family and friends.

Ms Vlad and Mr Deer

Direct link to Year 12 Drama Course on Moodle (you must be enrolled on the course to view the videos)