Alexandra Park School is committed to our international relationships and ensuring success for all of our students by providing free opportunities to explore, learn, and socialise, abroad. We have one more year on our successful Erasmus+ programmes, and as the sun sets on one adventure, the sun rises on another.
The Turing Scheme is the UK Government’s new global scheme to work and study abroad. Alexandra Park School has been awarded funding to run a new Engineering Enrichment programme with our Year 12 students aimed at promoting the wide range of careers in Engineering. Engineering isn’t ALL planes, trains, and automobiles (although these are exceptionally necessary for the trips to run). Engineering is one of the widest ranging disciplines in the world; broadcast engineers, software engineers, product designers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, medical engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical, aerospace, sports, acoustics, environmental, biochemical …virtually everything you come into contact with will have been engineered.
Not only is engineering wide ranging, but engineers report high job satisfaction, high salaries, and the opportunities to travel the world. This will form the focus of the Enrichment project as we encourage our students to thoroughly explore this possibility before making their post-school life choices.
Y12 students will be able to sign up to the programme through Enrichment and participate in fortnightly sessions. These will be tailored to the students – from researching global problems we face and how to solve them, to coding, tinkering, designing, making, and breaking, anything and everything our students wish to focus on. STEM Ambassadors will be invited in to talk to our students and many students will choose to complete an EPQ or CREST Award – enriching their UCAS, apprenticeship, and job prospects.
Their studies in school will culminate in a trip to either Copenhagen, Denmark, or Toronto, Canada, where we will spend time completing masterclasses with host schools learning what it is like to live and study abroad. There will be no or minimal costs to attending these trips due to the grant funding provided. In addition, we will visit institutions such as the Neils Bohr institute where ice cores from Greenland are stored, and the Perimeter Institute where engineers help scientists answer some of science’s biggest questions.
Students who wish to take part will need to be studying one of: Maths, Computer Science, Product Design, BTEC Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. They don’t need to be set on a career in Engineering – merely interested by the possibilities. Students can sign up when they apply for their Enrichment choices.
This our first time running a project of this nature, if any parents or people in our school community work in engineering or have interesting experiences to share (e.g. workplace visits or come in to talk) then do please reach out to Mr Marshall (email@example.com).
If you did not get the opportunity to book a place at one of our five open mornings, we will be sharing some digital resources for prospective families online.
We hope to have this information available on our website from the 27th of September.
Please note we are not keeping a waiting list and there will be no additional sessions added.
At Alexandra Park School, our cohesive and thriving school community matters most to us and is our greatest source of pride. Each year we look forward to those occasions where we can invite our wider community into the school to experience first-hand the positive atmosphere we’ve created.
It is therefore with regret that we have taken the decision to not hold our Open Evening this year. We will always prioritise the health, safety and education of our school community. Our decision recognises the continued risks associated with the pandemic. Inviting more than 1,500 visitors into the school will lead to increased sickness and absence and ultimately disrupt learning.
We absolutely love holding this event and appreciate that the cancellation of the Open Evening may be disappointing to those in our wider community, who value the opportunity to find out more about what we offer at APS. To this end, we would direct families to our website to access a range of resources, containing information about our school. Although these documents and videos cannot capture the amazing ethos and positive atmosphere that makes APS such a wonderful place to work and learn, we trust that they will provide families with access to the essential information needed to make important decisions about secondary school choice. We hope that families will understand the reasons for our decision. We are not a football stadium or music festival but a school community and our focus is on delivering the very best education to those children in our care.
In place of the Open Evening, we will be extending our series of Open Mornings. These will run each morning through the week of 27th September, from 9.20 am to 10.50 am. The morning will offer an opportunity to hear the Headteacher and a tour of our school. Visitor numbers will be regulated and are strictly by ticket only. We would ask that only those families with a child in Year 6 or Year 5 attend.
We sincerely look forward to welcoming you into our school.
Our Sixth Form students once again demonstrated their ability to secure places on demanding courses at competitive universities throughout the country. The school upheld its impressive record of sending students to Oxford and Cambridge, with five of our students beginning their studies there next term:
Sasha Brealey English Literature (St Catharine’s, Cambridge)
Aimee Croxall Philosophy (Jesus, Cambridge)
Flo Ellary Chemistry (St Catherine’s Oxford)
Maggie Harding English Literature (Emmanuel, Cambridge)
Barash Tunahan Natural Sciences (St Catharine’s Cambridge)
More than half our students now secure placers at Russell Group universities with the following institutions welcoming significant numbers of Alexandra Park students: Edinburgh, University College London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Warwick. Many of these students won places onto courses with particularly demanding entry requirements, Medicine and Architecture proving popular this year.
We are pleased to announce outstanding A level and BTEC results across our Sixth form for 2021.
We are very proud of our students, particularly this year with the unique set of challenges that has been presented to them. The majority have worked hard under difficult conditions, adapting quickly to remote learning and independent study. Year 13 have missed at least 40% of face to face teaching during their courses and yet we see a record number of students heading off to university with 91% achieving places at their first-choice destination.
As a non-selective, fully comprehensive Sixth form we see students studying a diverse and eclectic range of subject choices including this year Japanese, Patisserie Technology, Acoustic Engineering, Astrophysics and Music for Computer Games. The more traditional subjects such as Engineering, Economics, Social Sciences and Law continue to attract large numbers. More than 70% of students have achieved places in universities ranked in the top 30, and 52% Russell Group with 5 Oxbridge places. Alongside this we have students gaining equally prestigious places at Conservatoires, on national apprenticeships and sponsored internships. Congratulations to Jarvia Reddy for flying through the rigorous global selection procedure to secure herself a place on the Cisco degree apprenticeship.
With 15% of our results coming form Vocational subjects we are equally proud of our track record of top grades in BTEC qualifications with students such as Meryema Urhan and William Tuck gaining full sets of A*/Distinction* and progressing onto university courses in Economics and Music.
Well done to our students, particularly this year with the unique challenges that they have been presented with. Every one of them worked so hard and we have been overwhelmed by their achievements throughout their time in Sixth Form.
Every year we honour 7 students that have made outstanding contributions to our school.
This year Radha Castellino Dominguez was awarded the Asma Seghir- Merniz outstanding citizen award. This is award goes to students that show kindness, empathy and positivity and Radha embraces this in abundance.
With GCSEs already in further maths and astronomy, you can see why Pierre Mechen was awarded with The Mike Terry Science and Maths award.
The Rosslyn Hudson Literature award went to Yohan Mandungu who is always seen with a book in her hand, her beautiful writing and her passion for literature has led her to want to study English Literature in our 6th form.
The winner of the Courtney Goddard-GaylePerforming Arts award goes to a student that first hit our stage in year 7. The winner Lucila Guzik has never let her quiet, shy nature get in her way of performing and standing out like a star.
Very rarely do you see such a thoughtful student with such ambition and thirst for knowledge quite like Arun Hamilton McMahon which is why he received the James McDonald Inquiring Mind Award.
Progress is about a journey and Evangelina Neophytou over the years has made an exceptional journey with regards to herself and her education which is what the Jackie Marchant Outstanding progress award is about.
The journey is also what the final Head Teacher Award is about this year. Our honour roll rarely goes to students that have not been in the school since year 7, but this young man who joined the school in year 9 from Afghanistan unable to speak English finished year 9 with flawless speech to all staff about why education is important. Abdul-Salam Ahmad is a student that has shown all the APS values and we are delighted that he is coming back to our 6th form.
Congratulations to the Year 11 recipients of this year’s School Honours.
|In Honour of||Award||Winner 2021|
|Asma Seghir- Merniz||Outstanding Citizen||Radha Castellino dominguez|
|Rosslyn Hudson||Literature Award||Yohan Mandungu|
|Mike Terry||Science and Maths Award||Pierre Mechen|
|James McDonald||Inquiring Mind Award||Arun Hamilton McMahon|
|Courtney Goddard-Gayle||Performing Arts Award||Lucila Guzik|
|Jackie Marchant||Outstanding progress||Evangelina Neophytou|
|Michael McKenzie||Head Teacher Award||Abdul-Salam Ahmad|
These are our 'Magnificent 7'.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy Consultation
This consultation invites the views of parents and carers on our RSE Policy, which will apply at Alexandra Park School from January 2021, in line with requirements from the Department for Education (DfE).
This consultation has been published on the Alexandra Park School website. Parents and carers are invited to respond to the consultation by following the instructions below.
In June 2019, the DfE published “Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education” (June 2019). This guidance:
What’s stayed the same?
These and other topics are covered in our RSE Policy and RSE Curriculum. The new requirements formalise expectations, but don’t make any significant changes to what we teach our students. The majority of the topics required by the DfE were already taught as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, and in other subjects.
In addition to consulting parents and carers on our RSE Policy, we have met good practice recommendations from the DfE by consulting staff, students and the Board of Trustees in the development of our RSE Policy and Curriculum.
We’ve worked hard to make sure that our RSE curriculum reflects:
The draft RSE Policy is set out in the PDF document linked below.
We welcome your feedback, which you can provide feedback using the form below. You may also use any of these alternative methods:
020 8826 4912
Closing date for submissions is Friday 27 November 2020.
Please provide us with your feedback using the form below. If you experience any technical issues when submitting the form, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will consider responses to the consultation received by 27 November 2020 so that our RSE Policy can be approved by the Board of Trustees and published before January 2021.
The school is now half way through its construction of The STEM Centre Building. STEM, in case you are wondering, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The project will see the construction of two additional floors to our science block, adding almost 1,000 square metres of teaching, support and training space. The building of six new laboratories and a training suite with a virtual reality lab, alongside technical support facilities, will allow Alexandra Park School to continue to deliver the very best education to its students in specialist modern facilities.
Congratulations to the Year 11 recipients of this year’s School Honours.
|In Honour of||Award||Winner 2020|
|Asma Seghir- Merniz||Outstanding Citizen||Liam Fox|
|Rosslyn Hudson||Literature Award||Frank Herrod Robinson|
|Mike Terry||Science and Maths Award||Milan Batinica|
|James McDonald||Inquiring Mind Award||Isadora Kemp|
|Courtney Goddard-Gayle||Performing Arts Award||Kyle Osborne|
|Jackie Marchant||Outstanding progress||George Fortunov|
|Michael McKenzie||Head Teacher Award||Finn Simon|
These are our Magnificent Seven.
Congratulations to our Alexandra Park Sixth Form students of 2020. We saw a record number of students achieving places at Universities across the country from as far North as Aberdeen to the sunny(ish) coast of Plymouth. More than half will attend a Russel Group Institution and this year Oxford proved very popular, with 5 of our students choosing to study amongst its spires. The students will study a wide variety of courses from Accounting to Zoology, with a further 95 different courses in between! These choices are perfectly illustrated here and demonstrate the range of individual interest that our students develop through their time with us. We wish all of them well with their futures.
Following the Government’s announcement, all schools are now closed to all pupils, except a few identified groups.
Staff will not be responding to individual emails from parents. Teachers may respond to students who have questions about their current work, however there maybe delays in their response.
Where possible stick to the school timetable. Try and follow your school timetable. If you have English Wednesday morning, you should study English. Avoid getting into a routine of getting up late, not completing andy work or spending excessive time on computer games or social media.
|Tutor time||08.45 - 09.00||Check Show my Homework|
|Period 1||09.00 - 10-00|
|Period 2||10.00 - 09.00|
|Break||11.00 - 11.20||Have a snack and walk around|
|Period 3||11.20 - 12.20|
|Period 4||12.20 - 13.20|
|Lunch||13.20 - 14.05||Have lunch and do some exercise|
|Period 5||14.05 - 15.05|
Your teachers will set your work mainly on Show My Homework. Those of you who have worked with your teachers on other platforms, such as Office 365 and Google Classroom, may use those.
|Show My Homework - All work will be set via the Show my Homework Platform|
|Office 365 - Access to school email account and Microsoft suite|
|Google Classroom - for those students who already have an account|
|Socrative - Your teacher may set you a quiz. Ensure you have a room name.|
Contact your teacher via SMHW or email. Your teacher may not contact you straight away, so be patient and find another piece to do. You may want to ask a family member or reach out to a friend in school.
If you finish work early or do not have work to do, try reading or reading around the subject. There will be suggestions in the notification section on SMHW. (You may need to look through the various dates if you have missed some of the notifications.
Year 13 student Eva Laverty had an extremely busy Autumn Term, travelling around the country to undertake auditions at the major music conservatoires. Eva plays several instruments, but her first study is orchestral percussion. This means that she has to able to play any of the myriad instruments found in the percussion section of the orchestra, from triangle to timpani, glockenspiel to marimba).
A member of APS Concert Orchestra for many years as well as Haringey Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Group, we are delighted that Eva’s years of consistent hard work, resilience, creativity, organisation and positive attitude have rewarded her with multiple offers from conservatoires including Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Additionally, she has been awarded an annual scholarship for the duration of her course, which she will start in September 2020.
Charity begins with all of us taking accountability for the social issues that surround us. It doesn’t matter if Charity begins at home or at school, as long as we start to understand others needs and how we may help. By addressing issues which may or may not impact us personally, we can begin to make a difference to the lives of others.
Small changes really can have a big impact. First Give is an organisation that helps young people interact with local and national charities, raising the students’ knowledge and understanding of this sector. The charity works to ignite, equip and inspire students to make a difference by taking action to tackle social issues.
Year 8 students have been working on this project through the Autumn term whereby they had to research and select a class charity. All students worked extremely hard to research in to their charities and complete activities to raise awareness and funds.
Students then competed within class to represent the charity in the finale, whereby one group from every Year 8 class went head to head to win the £1000 prize which would be donated to their charity. Well done to all Year 8 students who showed huge amounts of craftsmanship, resilience and empathy over the duration of the project. A special congratulations to Grace Barry, Rosie Carter, Lois Cunningham Tickel and Jodie Walsh who practised their presentation every lunchtime for 3 weeks and managed to secure the £1000 for Child Poverty Action Group.
On Thursday 23rd January, Alexandra Park School held our annual Careers Fair, which was attended by all students in Years 9 and 11, and was also open to Sixth Form students throughout the day. More than 30 different employment areas were represented at the event, as well as Further and Higher Education Providers.
The largest delegation was from the NHS, Britain’s largest employers, with more than ten stalls covering the full range of their work, including a range of specialisms within the fields of medicine and nursing. The NHS Whittington Trust has partnered with Alexandra Park School to provide a range of work experience opportunities for our students in a variety of health roles.
Students also enjoyed the chance to discuss possible careers with a publishing House (Hachette UK), Civil Servants and Lawyers from three different Government Departments, and businesses ranging from local entrepreneurs to multinational companies such as Merrill Lynch Bank of America, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In addition, a group of APS alumni, currently working in areas including business, design, engineering, finance and law, returned to share their experiences and advice with current students. Our thanks go to Chris Kennington and Liz Osman of Sound Guidance for their work coordinating this event.
Ten of the Year 12 French students went on a trip to Geneva from the 7th - 11th January, accompanied by Ms Abassi and Mr Debra. This was to take part in the Model United Nations event. FERMUN (Ferney-Voltaire Model United Nations), is a student led series of conferences held at the International Telecommunications Union building in Geneva, over the course of three days. Students from 25 countries gathered to debate and form answers to issues that affect the whole of the United Nations, and the resolutions we created will later be used in future United Nations debates.
The first day of our trip consisted of flying to Geneva and travelling by bus and tram to the Ferney-Voltaire International School. Taking these forms of transport allowed us to see the sights of Geneva and integrate ourselves with the public. At the school, we met the families that we were going to be staying with until the end of the week. We all went our separate ways and prepared for the next day...
On the second day, we all met outside the United Nations Office and endured the lengthy security process, before making our way to the conference room where the ceremony would be held, filled with over 700 students from all over the world!
During the opening ceremony, we listened to various people speaking, from the student’s organisers to UN diplomats. We experienced a Q&A between them, which later helped us with forming our resolutions (in terms of what other issues and points we could consider). It was such an amazing experience to listen to them and hear other people's stories and what brought them there.
Once the ceremony had finished, we all got into our separate committees - such as ITU, WHO and UNEP - and all got to know each other. We then listened to pre-prepared speeches made by delegates promoting their resolutions as well explaining more on the topics that we were going to be debating; two of our own students even made a speech for their committee.
After that, we moved on to lobbying. Lobbying was an opportunity for everyone in the committees to hear what the other delegations had to say and start to consider the resolutions other delegates had put together. The whole committee was told that we had to submit only two resolutions per topic, and so we spent the afternoon negotiating with other countries and co-submitting to a resolution that included the best deal for our delegation. It was a great opportunity to get to know people from around the world - particularly as no one was representing the same country they were from - and we instantly felt more comfortable around our fellow delegates.
On the next day, we all had to debate on the two resolutions created the day before. The chairs selected the first issue and the full resolution was read out by the creators. We then had a few minutes to submit any amendments we wished to make to the resolution, and the chairs selected the most interesting ones. Whoever proposed an amendment had to present in front of the entire committee the reasons why, and could accept points of information from the other delegates. Delegates had to then make proposals for and against each amendment, and then the entire committee would take a vote based on their delegations’ beliefs and concerns. This experience of speaking in front of everyone was extremely nerve wracking but incredibly rewarding to have everyone’s attention and interest in what you had to say.
On the final day of the trip, we repeated the lobbying for the second topic and repeated the same process but on a different issues and in turn, the different resolutions. At the end of the day we attended a truly special closing ceremony in the UN building in which there was dancing, speeches, and some tears. We also had the privilege of hearing key members of the real ITU committee speak and saying goodbye to some of our fellow delegates. Later on that evening, after sightseeing around Geneva, we had been invited to attend a party, which many people participating in FERMUN were also going to. It was fun as it was a chance to get to know all the other students from around the world out of the debates and lobbying. We met and talked to people from all different backgrounds and cultures, and it was great to see everyone unravel.
Overall, this was an unforgettable experience, to be in the same seats as the people trying to solve world problems, as well as debating alongside delegates from all over the world was a privilege and we are very grateful to have taken part in it.