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School Honour Recipients 2021 Featured

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 ofAwardWinner 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'.


APS RSE Consultation

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.

What’s changed?

In June 2019, the DfE published “Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education” (June 2019). This guidance:

  • Makes it compulsory for all schools to have an RSE Policy and to consult parents and carers in the development of that policy;
  • Sets out the topics that need to be taught to students by the end of secondary schools; and
  • Makes changes to the right of parents or carers to withdraw their child from the elements of sex education that are not taught as part of the compulsory national science curriculum.

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:

  • Our values of equality, inclusion and respect for all students and communities;
  • Our students’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • Our vision of success for all, meeting every students’ learning needs; and
  • What students need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world

How can I give feedback?

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:

By Post

By Phone

FAO Clerk
Alexandra Park School
Bidwell Gardens
London N10 1AF

020 8826 4912

Closing date for submissions is Friday 27 November 2020.

Download the RSE policy

Please provide us with your feedback using the form below.  If you experience any technical issues when submitting the form, you can contact webmaster@alexandrapark.school.

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.


Onwards and Upwards Featured

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.


School Honour Recipients 2020 Featured

Congratulations to the Year 11 recipients of this year’s School Honours.

In Honour ofAwardWinner 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 Sixth Form Students

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.


Home learning guidance for Parents and Students

Download the home learning guides

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.

When should I study?

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.

School timetable

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  

How will I know what to study?

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.

  SMHW Show My Homework - All work will be set via the Show my Homework Platform 
  O365 Office 365 - Access to school email account and Microsoft suite 
  google Google Classroom - for those students who already have an account
socrative Socrative - Your teacher may set you a quiz.  Ensure you have a room name.

What if I don't know what to do?

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.

What if I complete all my work?

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.

Downloadable guides

Download the student's guide to home learning

Download the parent's guide to home learning


Congratulations to Eva Laverty!!

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.

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First Give Evening

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.


Careers Fair 2020

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.

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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.


Fermun 2020 Featured

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.


APS Sixth Former presents on BBC Featured

Teenagers from the around the world talk to the technology pioneers who have shaped their lives. Each episode is introduced by Anna Zanelli, a year 13 student from APS and a budding designer. The series explores the inspiration behind some of the most important digital inventions, what their creators needed to do to make them a reality, and hear words of wisdom from brilliant minds.

My Dream Career Adviser - Tony Fadell

Link to the program's home page

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