Dear Parents, Carers and Students
My usual plea to staff is to do less work. It’s a request that’s typically ignored and so, alongside the normal routines of teaching, staff have been tremendously busy with the ‘extras’ that make Alexandra Park School such a great place to learn.
In the past few weeks we have sent our Classicists to Athens, Linguists to Geneva and China, Geographers to Iceland and Walton on the Naze, Physicists to Warsaw and a whole host of students skiing! Groups have visited Parliament, The British Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Jewish Museum and The Tate. Several universities have hosted our students including UCL, Oxford and Cambridge and we have competed in the Physics Olympiad (Bronze and Silver), London Badminton Championships (Finalists). Boccia National (Finalists) and the National Design Competition (Top 10). Students have been involved in our Gothic Book Week, LGBT Week, Music Showcase, the APS Challenge (think University Challenge with a slightly politer host), our 16th annual Science Week and BBC News Report. In between their studies, activities and jaunts, students have raised money for no less than 3 local dog charities, Kith & Kids – a Haringey Adolescent Mental Health Charity, Comic Relief and the Somalian Famine Crisis.
It seems that everyone wants to be at APS. The Year 7 admission data for 2017 shows more than 30% of Haringey families selected APS as their first or second choice, with a total of 1,680 applications. This makes APS the most popular school by some way in the area. This popularity is matched within our sixth form where we have received and met with 1,107 external applicants for our places. The most common reason given for choosing the sixth form: top results, a full range of courses and the warmth shown by staff.
Ms. Pearl, Head of Design Technology, was named 'Design Teacher of the Year' in recognition of her "commitment, enthusiasm and innovation". Ms. Pearl was presented with her award at a star-studded event at the Design Museum in Knightsbridge.
Not to be outdone, Ms. Stephens, Head of Music, was named 'Music Teacher of the Year' in recognition of her "tireless work to make music a vibrant, inclusive, ever-evolving and absolutely integral part of school life at Alexandra Park School".
We know that the teaching staff at APS are outstanding but it is always a source of great pride when their achievements are recognised further afield. Well done to both.