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Careers Education at Alexandra Park School

Overview

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers          
Careers Assemblies    
Careers Related lesson during National Careers Week
Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days
Register and use fasttomato.com          
Information from fasttomato.com shared with parents          
One to one career coaching for those making subject choices          
Careers Fair      
Open Evening for Subject choices          
Information on post-school options    
Opportunities to attend university open days        
Opportunities for Work Experience          
Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities            
Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers          
Register and use ULAS.co.uk          
Parental Access to ULAS.co.uk          
Focus / Activities

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. Throughout the year, and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries.   Work Related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in citizenship lessons.

Key Stage 3

In addition to the above students in Year 8 will take part in a careers themed day and in Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school.  The Year 9 Options process includes an evening for parents, a separate assembly for students and all students have an individual guidance appointment with an independent careers adviser.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in careers themed educational visits.

Key Stage 4

All Year 11 students will have a personal interview with a careers advisor.  There is also a careers guidance ‘clinic’ focussing on interviews for Year 11 students (which is available to students in Year 10 too).  Students in Years 10 and 11 have access to work experience placements where appropriate. 

In addition, we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening for students and parents to prepare student for post-16 progression.  All students in Year 11 receive two personal Information, Advice and Guidance Appointments with senior staff and the sixth form team to discuss their options for post-16 study.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers.  In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from varied employment areas are invited into school to present to and meet with students.   All students in Year 12 will have a personal interview with a careers advisor and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.  

Once AS examinations have been completed (in June of Year 12) the enrichment programme focusses almost entirely upon preparing for progression with a particular (but not exclusive) focus upon university applications.  Support includes a Higher Education Evening for parents, visits to universities and the opportunity to attend briefings / Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and subject experts from City University, KCL, LSE and Oxbridge and UCL which are arranged in school.  Many students also participate in preparatory programmes organised by top universities for specific subject areas for example LSE Choice Pathways to Law, Target Medicine and The Brilliant Club.

Resources

General careers advice, including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications.

http://www.plotr.co.uk/ A careers game / quiz which helps students explore different careers and options:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers.htm An excellent hub for all sorts of careers advice and guidance
https://www.ulas.co.uk/ A site which builds employability skills and offers opportunities for work experience
https://university.which.co.uk/ A good starting point for anyone thinking of going to university
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk A good starting point for anyone thinking of not going to university
https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/about/ A useful resource for developing employability skills such as CV writing and interview technique

Work Experience and volunteering

http://www.work-experience.org/
https://vinspired.com/
https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/national-citizen-service

Apprenticeships

https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

University Applications

https://www.alexandrapark.school/ucas-careers
https://university.which.co.uk/
http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/parents-and-guardians
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/
http://gapadvice.org/gap-year/other-directories/

Year in Industry / Headstart

http://www.etrust.org.uk/

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Sixth form revision sessions 2017

There are many revision sessions taking place between now and this summer's exams, details of which can be found below.  If you're looking for a particular subject, then please enter the subject in the 'Search' box. You can also filter by time period (e.g. 'Easter Holidays' or 'half term') or by AM / PM.

A full timetable of the summer examinations can be found here.

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Sixth form revision sessions 2017 - updated 24/05/2017
Period Date Day AM/PM Time Subject Y12 or Y13 Staff Room
Summer 1 22/04/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm ART 12 & 13 NDY/NBE/JCA 307/309
Summer 1 29/04/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Psychology 12 & 13 MJU 101
Summer 1 29/04/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Photography 12 & 13 NDY/NBE/JCA 306/ 309/ 311
Summer 1 30/04/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm French 12 TBL
Summer 1 30/04/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Spanish 12 EDE
Summer 1 06/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Psychology 12 & 13 NHI
Summer 1 06/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm English Lit 12 TWA/KJO
Summer 1 07/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Spanish 12 TDA
Summer 1 07/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Spanish 13 EDE
Summer 1 07/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Drama 12 JVL
Summer 1 13/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Media Studies 12 SKE S24
Summer 1 13/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm English Lit 12 ECU
Summer 1 13/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Economics Paper 1 12 IST 218
Summer 1 13/05/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Business Paper 1 12 LPO 217
Summer 1 13/05/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Economics Paper 1 12 IST 218
Summer 1 14/05/2017 Sunday AM 9.30am-1.30pm Sociology 12 JCD 101
Summer 1 14/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Maths C1 12
Summer 1 20/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Classics 12 PSH
Summer 1 20/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm English LIt 13 CPE
Summer 1 20/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Economics Paper 2 12 TCM 218
Summer 1 20/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Chemistry 12 RJO S15
Summer 1 20/05/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Economics Paper 2 12 TCM 218
Summer 1 21/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Business Paper 2 12 TCM 218
Summer 1 21/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Maths C2 12 VBH
Summer 1 21/05/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm RS: Religion and Ethics 12 DS / NKE
Summer 1 27/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Psychology 12&13 NHI 101
Summer 1 27/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Media Studies 13 SKE S24
Summer 1 27/05/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm AS Computer Science - Both Papers 12 GBR 305
Half Term 30/05/2017 Tuesday AM 9am-1pm Politics Unit 1 12 AHI 214
Half Term 31/05/2017 Wednesday AM 9am-1pm A2 Chemistry - Periodic table elements and physical chemistry 13 JRA S5
Half Term 31/05/2017 Wednesday AM 9am-1pm Geography All Students KGR 112
Half Term 31/05/2017 Wednesday AM 9am-1pm Politics Y12 PSH 214
Half Term 02/06/2017 Friday AM 9am-1pm Physics 12 JMA S17
Half Term 03/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Psychology 12&13 MJU 101
Half Term 03/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm History 13 TCL
Half Term 03/06/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Economics Paper 1 13 IST 218
Half Term 03/06/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Further Maths FP2 12
Half Term 04/06/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Politics Unit 2 12 DSI 214
Half Term 04/06/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Drama 13 JVL
Half Term 04/06/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Chemistry 12 JRA S5
Half Term 04/06/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm AS Maths S1 12
Summer 2 10/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm A2 Computer Science - Paper 1 13 GBR 305
Summer 2 10/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Politics 13 DSI 214
Summer 2 10/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm English Lit 13 HWO
Summer 2 10/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm History 13 TCL
Summer 2 10/06/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Economics Paper 2 13 TCU
Summer 2 10/06/2017 Saturday AM 9.30am-1pm AS Maths M1 12 VBH
Summer 2 11/06/2017 Sunday AM 9.30am-1.30pm Sociology 13 JCD 101
Summer 2 17/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Classics 13 PSH
Summer 2 17/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm History Unit 3 13 DSI 214
Summer 2 17/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Economics Paper 3 13 TCU
Summer 2 17/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Chemistry 13 JRA S5
Summer 2 17/06/2017 Saturday PM 1pm-5pm Maths C3 13 VBH
Summer 2 18/06/2017 Sunday PM 1pm-5pm A2 Computer Science - Paper 2 13 GBR 305
Summer 2 18/06/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm Maths C4 13
Summer 2 18/06/2017 Sunday AM 9am-1pm RS: Development 13 TCM
Summer 2 24/06/2017 Saturday AM 9am-1pm Chemistry 13 JRA S5

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Y11 Passport to Success 2017

There are many revision sessions taking place between now and this summer's exams, details of which can be found below.  If you're looking for a particular subject, then please enter the subject in the 'Search' box.

A full timetable of the summer examinations can be found here.

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Passport to Success - 2016 revision sessions
0 Date Day Time Subject 1 Targeted Students Staff Room
Spring Term 14/02/2017 Tuesday 9am-1pm Catering invited students SLE G7
Spring Term 15/02/2017 Wednesday 9am-1pm Catering invited students SLE G7
Spring Term 15/02/2017 Wednesday 9am-1pm Textiles Invited students JMC G18
Spring Term 04/03/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Product Design invited students LPE G13
Spring Term 25/03/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Spanish All students
Easter Holiday 01/04/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Media Students not
Easter Holiday 04/04/2017 Tuesday 9am-1pm Geography All students kgr 112
Easter Holiday 05/04/2017 Wednesday 10am-1pm ICT Selected students AFA 117
Easter Holiday 12/04/2017 Wednesday 9am-1pm Chemistry (C1,2,3) Additional (Set 5) RJO S15
Summer Term 22/04/2017 Saturday 9am-3pm Drama All students EDR P11
Summer Term 06/05/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Art All students Art Dept Tbc
Summer Term 06/05/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Art All students Art Dept tbc
Summer Term 07/05/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm French All students
Study Leave 13/05/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Chemistry (C1,2,3) All students TLY S7
Study Leave 13/05/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm ICT All AFA 118
Study Leave 14/05/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Religious Studies All students NKE/ DSA 101/ training room
Study Leave 14/05/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Biology Selected JRA TBC
Study Leave 20/05/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Physics (P1-P3) All students GOA & LDA Science block
Study Leave 20/05/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths Sets 5 to 8 TBC Maths rooms
Study Leave 20/05/2017 Saturday 1pm - 5pm Business Studies Selected LPO 217
Study Leave 21/05/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Media All students SKE s24
Study Leave 31/05/2017 Wednesday 9am-1pm Geography All students KGR 112
Study Leave 01/06/2017 Thursday 9am-1pm Classics All students PSH 101
Study Leave 03/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Biology (B4-B6) All students KWI Science Block
Study Leave 03/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths Sets 5 to 8 TBC Maths rooms
Study Leave 03/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths Sets 5 to 8 TBC Maths rooms
Study Leave 04/06/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Music GCSE All students SST P12
Study Leave 04/06/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Business Studies All students IST/POB 218
Study Leave 04/06/2017 Sunday 1pm - 5pm Business Studies All students IST/POB 218
Study Leave 10/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Physics (P4-P6) All Students JMA & LDA Science Block
Study Leave 10/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths Sets 5 to 8 TBC Maths rooms
Study Leave 10/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths Sets 5 to 8 TBC Maths rooms
Study Leave 10/06/2017 Saturday 1.30pm-3.30pm Classics All students PSH 101
Study Leave 11/06/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Chemistry All students TBC S07
Study Leave 17/06/2017 Saturday 9am-1pm Chemistry All students RJO S15
Study Leave 17/06/2017 Saturday 1.30am-3.30pm Classics All students PSH 101
Study Leave 18/06/2017 Sunday 9am-1pm Biology (B7) All students KWI Science Block

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Curriculum Changes - AS and A2

New AS/A levels from 2015/16

As part of the government’s education reforms, AS/A level courses will start to change from September 2015.  In the first year, many of our most popular courses will be changing – art, biology, chemistry, economics, English, history, photography, physics, psychology, sociology and textiles.  In subsequent years more subjects will be reformed.

The main principles of the reform are as follows:

Key changes

  • The biggest change relates to the relationship between AS and A levels.  These qualifications will be entirely separate, although there will be significant overlap in content.  Results in AS examinations will not count towards a final A level grade. 
  • Students will need to complete A level examinations at the end of Year 13 in all units for which examinations were taken at AS.
  • Resits of specific units will not be available – to complete a qualification, students must sit examinations in all units in a single summer examination series.
  • Assessment will be by examination as much as possible.  In phase one coursework will be removed from all subjects apart from English and history (20% in each), art, photography and textiles (100%).  There will also be an element of practical assessment in sciences. 

Continuity

  • Grading will remain the same i.e.  A* - E for A level, and A – E for AS.
  • In 2015/16 students will continue to complete AS level examinations at the end of Year 12 and A level examinations at the end of Year 13.    
  • The level of demand of AS is intended to be the same as the current qualifications.
  • Most students will continue to pursue 4 courses in Year 12 and all will still be required to complete at least 3 courses in Year 13.
  • Universities will consider AS grades when making decisions regarding course offers.

There will also be content changes in many subjects, for example the requirement that all students study a period of at least 200 years in history and other assessment changes such as a greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the awarding of marks in all subjects.  Further details of changes in individual subjects are included in our Curriculum Guide as soon as they are available. 

It is important to note that some aspects of these proposals are subject to further discussion between the government, Ofqual and the examinations boards and could be changed prior to implementation.

Timescale for AS/A level reform 2015 - 2019

1Phase 1 - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Physics Psychology, Sociology

2Phase 2 (from Sept 2016) - Drama, Geography, MFL, Music, RS

3Phase 3 (from Sept 2017) - Classics, DT, Maths, Media, Politics / All others

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Curriculum Changes - GCSE

New GCSEs from 2015/16

As part of the government’s education reforms, GCSE courses will start to change from September 2015.  In the first year, only English and maths GCSE will be changing.  In subsequent years more subjects will be reformed.

The main principles of the reform are as follows:

  • ‘New’ GCSEs will follow a linear structure – all exams will be taken in the summer of Year 11.  Resits will not be available (apart from in November for students in Y12 or above).
  • Coursework will be removed from almost all subjects, including English in the first year of reform.  Assessment will be conducted by external examiners as much as possible (some subjects in later phases of reform, such as geography and the sciences will retain a fieldwork or practical element).
  • ‘New’ GCSEs will be graded using numbers rather than letters – the diagram below shows how this is currently intended to work.
  • Tiered examinations (i.e. availability of foundation and higher level) will not generally be available.  In the first phase of reform tiers have been removed from English, but kept in maths (where the foundation tier will offer the opportunity for students to achieve  grades 1-4, and the higher tier will access grades 5 –9).

There will also be content changes in many subjects, for example the requirement that all students study a nineteenth century novel in English, and other assessment changes such as a greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the awarding of marks.  Further details of changes in individual subjects are included in our Curriculum Guide as soon as they are available.

Current intentions for new GCSE grading structure

9 to 1 gcse

Timescale for GCSE reform 2015-2019

1Phase 1 (from Sept 2015) - English and Maths

2Phase 2 (from Sept 2016) - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, History, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, RS, Science, Spanish

3Phase 3 (from Sept 2017) - Business, Classics, DT, Mandarin, Media, Turkish / All others

GCSE curriculum change guidance

Department for Education Guide to new GCSE grading (9-1)

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Key Stage 4 Homework Timetable

Homework must be set on the days indicated on this timetable every week.

Student timetables will indicate which subject is in the relevant block e.g. 11/Ar is art in block C.

Year 11 Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday 
Friday
Maths Option B
Option D
Option C Option A
Science
English
Option Groups
Option A Option B Option C Option D
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
History GCSE
Land
Mandarin GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
PE GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
French GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Music BTEC
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Textiles
Turkish GCSE
Art GCSE
Business BTEC
Drama GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
ICT GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Hospitality / Catering GCSE
ICT GCSE
Mandarin GCSE
PE BTEC
PE GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Year 10 Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Option C
Option D
Maths Science English Option A
Option B
Option Groups
Option A Option B Option C Option D
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
French GSCE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
ICT GCSE
Land
Mandarin GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
ICT GCSE
Music GCSE
Product Design GCSE
PE GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Art GCSE
Business BTEC
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Drama GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
PE Coaching
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
ICT GCSE
Mandarin GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish
Textiles GCSE
Turkish GCSE
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Key Stage 3 Homework Timetable

Core Subjects

English
One piece per week
Maths
One piece per week 
Science
One project set for each topic (every 4-6 weeks) 

In Art, History, ICT, Languages and RS homework will be set once per fortnight as follows:

 
Week 1
Week 2
Year 7
Art, History ICT, Languages, RS
Year 8
Art, ICT, Languages History, RS 
Year 9
ICT, Languages, RS Art, History 

Other subjects will set a longer 'project-based' homework once per term according to the following rota:

Week Beginning
Year Group
7
8
9
14/9

Drama

Music

DT

21/9
28/9

Geography

DT

Drama

5/10
12/10

  DT

Drama

Geography

19/10
30/11

Music

Geography

DT

7/12
14/12

Drama

DT

Music

4/1
11/1

DT

Music

Geography

18/1
25/1

Geography

Drama

Drama

1/2
8/2

Music

Geography

Music

22/2
7/3

Drama

Music

DT

14/3
21/3

Geography

DT

Music

11/4
18/4

DT

Geography 

Drama

25/4
2/5

Music

Drama

Geography

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

APS has an ever-changing curriculum to cater for our students' needs and the changing curriculum.  The Curriculum Guides explain the qualifications.  You will need to select the correct course guide for your child's year to see qualifications available and assessment for that year.

Curriculum Changes for Year 10 - Click for more information
From September 2015, a new grading system will be introduced.  Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest.  All new GCSEs will be fully linear with assessment at the end of year 11 and content not divided into modules.  Examinations will only be available in the summer.  Currently this will only apply to Mathematics and English.  Other subjects will be reformed in future years.
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Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Parent Guide to new KS3 reports

There have been a number of changes to the Key Stage 3 curriculum recently. Our aim is to provide students with a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that fosters a love of learning and enables all students to reach their academic potential.  We build on students’ achievements in Key Stage 2 to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge, skills and understanding, preparing them thoroughly for the end of Key Stage tasks, tests and assignments in Year 9 and for taking GCSE and Vocational courses at KS4.

Each year within Key Stage 3 has a different emphasis:

07 In Year 7 the focus is on reinforcing and strengthening numeracy and literacy skills; establishing high expectations and developing students’ enthusiasm and independence for learning.

08 In Year 8 the focus is on maintaining high expectations, developing students’ self-motivation by providing students with a very wide range of learning opportunities including the world beyond school and raising the level of challenge to stretch the most able.

09 In Year 9 the focus is on preparation for the end of Key Stage tests or assignments, preparing students for the demands of GCSEs and on making choices for Key Stage 4.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum at Alexandra Park School is broad, balanced and reflects the aims and ethos of the school:

  • English, Maths and Science – the core subjects – are given priority time.
  • History, Geography and Religious Studies – are taught separately but provide opportunities for collaboration.
  • Modern Languages form a major part of the curriculum with every student allocated to study one of two languages: French or Spanish, during Key Stage 3. All Year 7 students experience Mandarin lessons once a fortnight and provision for Years 8 and 9 has been increased to two and three hours respectively and now also includes a KS4 GCSE option. There is also the opportunity for students to study Turkish GCSE.
  • Performing Arts – the importance of Performing Arts is reflected in the time allocated.   Every student will study Music and Drama every week.  
  • Physical Education – is given time each week to allow team sports and individual skills to be developed in conjunction with a wide and impressive range of extra-curricular activities, including trampolining, cheer-leading, dodge ball, climbing and handball.
  • Art and Design – has a high profile in the school with specialist rooms offering access to a wide range of materials including photography, printing and sculpture.
  • Design and Technology – All students have the opportunity to study Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Product Design in a suite of specialist rooms.
  • Computer Science – is delivered through weekly lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9.  KS3 assessment is based on an e-portfolio and is offered at GCSE and Advanced level.
  • Astronomy – is offered in Year 9 as an after school subject. GCSE Astronomy provides students who are fascinated by the night sky with an opportunity to explore, measure and describe the continuing exploration of the Universe in which we live, while also developing important scientific enquiry skills. Students will cover four main topics, which include: The Earth Moon and Sun, Planetary Systems, Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology. The course will be assessed through one two-hour examinationd containing a variety of multiple-choice, short and extended answer questions. Students will also complete two observational projects; one using simple astronomical instruments, such as a telescope, and the other with naked eye or unaided observations.
  • Citizenship / Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) - is delivered by a specialist team of teachers in all key stages.  Topics include: Government and Politics, Rights and Responsibilities, Sex Education, Drugs Education and Careers.
  • Literacy and Numeracy are delivered across the curriculum in all years. A range of strategies are employed to provide additional support for students who have not achieved level 4 in Maths and English by the end of Year 6. The school also has a designated Literacy team and base room. The team is responsible for delivering Lexia, reading programmes aimed at identified groups and ‘Thinking Reading.’ Additionally, the  ‘Accelerated Reading’ programme is delivered to all KS3 classes through fortnightly library lessons; matching reading ability with appropriately challenging books and rewarding completion and comprehension of texts.

There are also opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of the timetabled curriculum. Astronomy GCSE is a popular option in year 9 and Latin from year 7.

With every unit of work, in every subject, students will experience a wide range of teaching and learning styles.  This will include individual and group work, whole class teaching, oral presentations or written reports, creative work and opportunities to make choices and have control over what they learn.  Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, developing excellent independent learning skills, so that they become less reliant on input from teachers.

Homework

Key Stage 3 students will be set pieces of work that encourage independent learning skills and, in particular, skills to: preview and summarise information, use a number of different sources, organise and plan work and improve presentation.  Students are encouraged to transfer skills between subject areas, see mistakes as part of the learning process, set challenging targets and aim to achieve the best possible work. Students will get homework in English, Maths and Science every week and will also be set an additional lengthier piece of work or project from another area of the curriculum.

Homework support is offered within Department areas. The school library also offers a quiet area to study before and after school and during lunchtime.

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Music lesson timetables

Autumn Term 2017 – we have now allocated all new students a teacher and the full timetables for the term (for most instruments), with rotating lesson times are available below. There are a couple of instruments where there are still a couple of issues to sort out and these just have week 2 lessons scheduled. If you have any queries, please email me on sstephens@alexandrapark.school

We offer music lessons on a wide range of instruments from trumpet to drumkit, violin to saz. Nearly 200 lessons take place each week,with over 170 students learning an instrument or two in school.  If you would like to apply for lessons, please download the APPLICATION FORM below, complete and return it to the Music Office (P7).

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