Students and staff at APS Sixthform have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have been a joy to teach and have achieved highly.
A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. Those with straight As or A*s include: Miles, Ava, Mohammed, Jeremy, Ruby, Benjamin, George, Malindi, Eve, Lottie, Phoebe, Sharon, Ismet, Raphaella, Elizabeth, Maritsa and Max.
These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications with the majority of students achieving Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone this year, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include Burak and Amy.
Intended destinations for the Class of 2018 includes Oxford, Imperial College, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham and Loughborough and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Biochemistry, Sports Management, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Business Management, Computer Science, Law, Theology and many more. Other students have secured places on highly competitive apprenticeship pathways including Engineering at Siemens, Nursing with the NHS and Journalism at the BBC.
St John Starkie, Sixthform Director said “We are very proud of this level of exceptional performance and the tenacity and resilience of all of our students; some of which have overcome very challenging personal circumstances this year. These results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. The combination of strong pastoral support, excellent teaching and opportunities to experience some ‘fun’ along the way has resulted in our students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”
“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said Headteacher Michael McKenzie. “The school continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational Post 16 courses. Providing a broad curriculum to a diverse and large student body is central to our core beliefs and it is very satisfying to see them being successful.
“It is also very clear from these results that our focus on quality teaching by expert subject specialists, together with a culture of hard work and high expectations provide an environment where students can thrive and realise their full potential. With these qualifications, they have opened many and varied doors to life beyond APS. This success is also down to the fantastic support the students receive from their parents and the wider community connected with the school. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their hard academic work, thank them for their contributions to the wider school community and wish them every success for their collective futures.”
Students at APS are celebrating yet another year of excellent GCSE examination results. Under government reforms, GCSE grades for the majority of subjects are now awarded on a scale from 1, being the lowest, to 9, being the highest. There has once again been a rise at our school in the proportion of the three highest grades awarded. More than a third of the results recorded by pupils at the school were at the new 9 to 7 grades comparable to A** A* and A for GCSE. At APS 11% grade 9’s, 23% grade 8 and above and 40% grade 7 and above were achieved by the students. This represents a phenomenal return on the efforts of both the students and staff throughout the duration of the courses.
The school’s analysis indicates that, yet again, APS have again significantly exceeded national expectations for attainment and progress. Attainment 8 will exceed 57 and Progress 8 will be above 0.5, both indicators are outstanding. This shows that our young people do better by attending APS than if they went elsewhere. Many pupils gained outstanding results. More than a third of our students gained at least 5 GCSEs at these top grades and or particular note are the twelve students who achieved 5 or more grade 9s. Progress has been a key focus this year and has been exemplified by the terrific performance of so many of our students. Students such as Alex shown below who far exceeded his expectations. His story is not atypical at the school. Alex said, upon opening his results, “It was a bit of a shock and surprise but a really nice feeling after all the hard work and persistence to achieve the grades I did.”
Headteacher, Michael McKenzie, said "APS is a high performing school. We are very proud of the achievements of the students this year. We are delighted with the results that the students have achieved. Like all schools, students and staff have had to step up to the challenge of the more rigorous and demanding qualifications that have been set by the exam boards. We are particularly proud of how well the school meets the needs of all its students from the most-able students to those with significant need. We demonstrate clearly the success of comprehensive education.
“This is based on the simple but effective formula of high quality courses, taught well by expert staff, to hard-working students supported effectively by their families and our community."
“It is clear from these results that students can thrive in the learning environment that staff cultivate at Alexandra Park School. We are matching students to the correct courses whilst retaining a broad and balanced curriculum that opens doors for the next stage in their lives. We are looking forward to continuing those relationships with the students who join us into our successful Sixth Form. For all the students, however, I would like to congratulate them on their success and wish them the very best for their futures.”
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully been reaccredited with the "World Class School Quality Mark".
The process started in September with the completion of a detailed report which has to comply with the standards set by the WCSQM. The second part of this gruelling process involved us being partnered with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School. The students worked together to produce a short video, detailing why we are 'World Class'. You can view the video below.
Three Year 12 students were then invited to a Symposium event where they listened to a talk from Grayson Perry RA CBE on 'Trusting your Intuition'.
APS students Eleanor Barclay, Celia Warre and Abashal Missongo received the award on behalf of our school.
Thank you to the following ex-students who came back into APS to lead a Women into Maths and Science conference.
Dr. Naomi Moris, Dr. Amber Shivarajan, Stephie Waldheim, Emma Robins, Emma Copley and Ellen Jolley. All experts in their field of Maths or Science.
56 year 9 and year 10 girls participated in the event. Comments included...
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Another great Ski Trip to Italy this February half term
Although the early rises may have been tough for some of us, it was needed to pack so much into the day and WOW we did fit lots in.
Incredible 5 hours of lessons every day from the fabulous ski instructors, which took us far and wide all over the mountains seeing some spectacular views. Even the beginners managed to ski the Red slopes by the end of the week and saw some incredible sights.
Then, every evening filled with exciting activities such as ice-skating, Bowling, Quizzes & even throwing ourselves down a ski run on a rubber ring!
Resilience, teamwork and helping each other were fundamental in making this such a successful trip.
Well done to all the Students that did so well and the Staff for all their help.
Next year’s ski trip to Switzerland 2019 notice is being emailed today!
Please note the deadline for the returned slips are this Wednesday 25th April.
Another great GCSE geography trip to Iceland this year! A group of forty students in years 10 and 11 spent five days exploring the top natural attractions that Iceland has to offer. Students had the opportunity to swim in the Blue Lagoon (a natural geothermal hot spring), hike the glacier tongue of Solheimajokull, walk along the rift valley forming where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart (Mid-Atlantic Ridge), watch Geysir erupt, and explore the black volcanic beach and the magnificent basalt cliffs and caves to name just a few.
It was a great opportunity to see and experience some phenomenal geographical features and landscapes.
APS is one of just 14 founding schools on The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP). This is a national project aimed to develop a cohort of secondary school students to near-native Mandarin proficiency by 2020. APS is leading the way amongst the group of schools selected. Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb visited Alexandra Park School to meet our Year 8 MEP students. ITN Captured all the action.
Learning Spanish with us is great - exploring three super exciting southern Spanish cities and their rich culture in one trip was phenomenal!
A group of forty students spent four days exploring the top attractions in Seville, Granada and Cordoba at the end of January. The students now have a real sense of the Andalusian region and the strong Arabic and Moorish influence from exploring mosques, cathedrals and old towns – not no mention the breath-taking sceneries and flamenco lessons followed by an inspiring flamenco show in the heart of Seville. Hurray! ...or should we say.. ¡Olé!
The Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School on Thursday, 18th January 2018 was another great success. A wide variety of exhibitors attended including universities, employers and an increasing range of apprenticeship providers. Exhibitors commented on how they had never met such conscientious Year 9 students and were pleased with the thoughtful questions from Year 11s. Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to gain some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeship options.
Students were grateful of the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vocational ideas. Here are some Year 9 student comments:
I talked to lots of people and the Lawyer helped me think about how I can qualify with the right skills and subjects.
Until the careers fair, I didn't realise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.
I learnt about what opportunities there are for the GCSEs you take.
I’m now much clearer about what an Apprenticeship is.
As part of their A level studies, our sixth form students undertook a research weekend in Paris exploring the development of the motion picture house. Our intrepid group of AS and A-level French students travelled to Paris at the height of the recent flooding. Undaunted, they did research at the cinemathèque, climbed to the top of Montmartre (twice!) and saw every major monument from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. In the true spirit of linguistic explorers, they walked a mind-boggling 50,000 steps and even managed to keep their feet dry. Tres bien.
Alexandra Park School will be electing a new local parent governor in February 2018. The timeline for these elections will be as below:
We look forward to your participation.
Thank you to all parents who participated in the Alexandra Park School Local Governors Election. Nominations were received for Mr. Robert James-Robbins, Mr. Jose Morago, Mr. Frank Reynolds and Mr. Dan Salem. The votes have now been counted and we are pleased to announce Frank Reynolds will be our new Parent Local Governor. Congratulations to Frank and a big thank you to all nominees who put themselves forward.
Find out more about yourself and your future career options at our annual careers fair. Over 25 representatives from employers, universities, colleges and training providers will be in attendance including:
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It is full STEAM ahead on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and maths club this year! Our incredibly enthusiastic group of year 7’s have been undertaking some top quality engineering with achievements including the construction of a bridge out of paper that can hold over 10kg of weight and creating a rocket out of matchsticks that has launched the length of a classroom! We have also undertaken some Christmas engineering, wiring Christmas lights and making a rocket powered Santa sleigh. In the upcoming term, the students will be creating assemblage sculpture in ART, solving logic puzzles in mathematics and building and programming robots.