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Making your GCSE choices

You can download the APS Options Guide here to find out about the courses you must study next year and those you can choose as options. 

After you have explored the possibilities, click here to make your choices. Please have your login details to hand to access the APS Options website – you will have received these at the Options Evening on Thursday 14th March.

We wish you all the best with your decision making.

Who will help me decide?

  • Although it's good to talk to your friends, do not make the mistake of choosing the same courses as them. Choose the courses for you.
  • Talk to the teachers that know you best - Form Tutor, Director of Studies.
  • Talk to the subject teachers and ask them what they think.

Key Staff

If you have any questions relating to your options, please use the contact details below.

Mr Silverman (Deputy Headteacher) - dsilverman@alexandrapark.school
Ms Falola (KS4 Co-ordinator) afalola@alexandrapark.school
Ms Simon (Director of Studies) csimon@alexandrapark.school
Ms Perry (Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion) kperry@alexandrapark.school

Resources

Below are some links to further information which may help you decide which options to choose.

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Term Dates 2019-20

Autumn Term 2019
Starts
Ends

Inset Days

  • Monday 2nd September 2019
  • TBC
  • TBC

Public Holidays:

  • Christmas Day
    Wed 25th Dec 2019
  • Boxing Day
    Thur 26th Dec 2019
  • New Year's Day
    Wed 1st Jan 2020
  • Good Friday
    Fri 10th April 2020
  • Easter Monday
    Mon 13th April 2020
  • May Day
    Mon 4th May 2020
  • Spring Bank Hol
    Mon 25th May 2020

Holidays in Term Time

We do not authorise holidays in term time under any circumstances. Can parents / carers please ensure that they do not book holidays or flights before term ends or after term has begun. Every day in school matters.
The school sees the number of requests for time out of school to visit seriously sick elderly relatives rise massively in the last two weeks of July and the first week of September. It is impossible for us to distinguish between a bona fide request and those seeking cheaper flights. A false request is morally wrong, a bad example to set children and is unfair on those who do have a family crisis.

INSET Day Monday 2nd September 2019

Autumn 1

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Friday 18th October 2019

Holiday

Monday 21st October 2019

Friday 25th October 2019

Autumn 2

Monday 28th October 2019

Thursday 19th December 2019

INSET Day TBC

Holiday

Friday 20th December 2019

Friday 3rd January 2020

     
Spring Term 2020
Starts
Ends

Spring 1

Monday 6th January 2020

Friday 14th February 2020

Holiday

Monday 17th February 2020

Friday 21st February 2020

Spring 2

Monday 24th February 2020

Friday 3rd April 2020

INSET Day TBC

Holiday

Monday 6th April 2020

Friday 17th April 2020

     
Summer Term 2020
Starts
Ends

Summer 1

Monday 20th April 2020

Friday 22nd May 2020

Holiday

Monday 25th May 2020

Friday 29th May 2020

Summer 2

Monday 1st June 2020

Friday 17th July 2020

Holiday

Monday 20th July 2020

Tuesday 1st September 2020

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TSST Offer

TSST Physics 2018 - 2019

Download our TSST flyer 

Train to become a Physics Specialist with Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

The purpose of this training is to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist and returning teachers. It will increase the number of hours taught by offering school-led teacher subject specialism training opportunities. 

New River Teaching Alliance will deliver a Physics TSST programme in 2018 / 2019. The course is aimed at teachers with QTS who are already teaching or plan to teach some physics at secondary/FE level. The course is also suitable for those returning to teaching after a career break.

For teachers meeting the criteria, this course is FREE through funding provided by the government. This includes: 

  • non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach a relevant subject in addition to their main subject 
  • non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching a relevant subject either full-time or in addition to their specialist subject 
  • teachers looking to return to the profession 

About the Course

Ideal For:

Teachers with a passion for Physics, Secondary or Primary teachers to teach cross phase 

Key Stage

KS3 and KS4

Venue:

Alexandra Park School

Cost:

FREE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS 

  • Allows you to teach Physics confidently up to GCSE 
  • The courses draw upon up-to-date research to improve subject knowledge, pedagogy and practical skills 
  • The training will blend 6 face-to-face days with guided independent learning and online support
Outcomes for Participants:
  • Wider teaching opportunities 
  • Improved overall quality of teaching and learning in your lessons 
  • Extension of your subject knowledge and the opportunity to learn and develop skills with others from schools across the region 
Outcomes for Schools:
  • Improved quality of teaching and learning in Physics lessons 
  • Measurable improvement of Physics provision within the school 
  • Greater flexibility of staffing for example . . . 

...an opening up of opportunities for the Science department to run separate sciences at KS4

Please contact hhammond@alexandrapark.school to express interest or with any questions.

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Our Values

School is about more than exam results; we educate the whole student.

When we say goodbye to students at the end of their time with us, we hope that they are well-rounded individuals, confident about their futures, with the skills to achieve on their chosen paths.  To ensure this, we actively teach values and characteristics that we believe will help them during their time at school and later in life.

aps values

Further information on the values and how we report on them can be found here.

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Talk to us about a concern

New River Trust and its schools welcome feedback from parents and carers, whether negative or positive, through the school’s normal communication channels. We are committed to communicating with our parents and carers in a way that avoids the need to formally raise a complaint. We do this by encouraging parents and carers to contact us if they have a concern about any aspect of their child’s experience with us. All concerns are taken seriously and dealt with honestly, politely and in confidence.

We believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to resolve concerns at the earliest possible stage, so we encourage resolution by informal means wherever possible. In 2017-18 there were 5 formal complaints resolved by the Headteacher and 1 resolved by the Local Governing Body. We have developed the below summary for parents and carers to advise them of the steps they should take to seek resolution of any concerns.

Alexandra Park School Complaints Procedure Summary for Parents and Carers

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Year 6 - 7 Transition

Timeframe

1st March 2019

National Offer Day - School offers sent out to parents and APS by Haringey admissions team.

Last week of March 2019

Parent Admissions Pack posted out to parents and carers.

This pack will include information from APS and forms that you will need to complete and return to APS by 20th April 2019.  These forms help us gather essential details about your child, such as learning and support needs, medical issues and school history.

May 2019

Looked After Children and those with an EHCP invited into school for admissions meetings to discuss additional needs and support.

If your child has additional support needs you wish to discuss, please contact Ms. O'Flynn (Transition Manager) on soflynn@alexandrapark.school.

May 2019

Ms. O'Flynn to visit main feeder primary schools to speak with staff and children.

May 2019

Members of SEN Team attend final IEP / AR meetings in primary schools

2nd / 3rd July 2019

Taster morning for all year 6 pupils.

Pupils to be invited to a taster morning on one of these dates; you will be informed of which one nearer the time. 

3rd July 2019

Parents introduction evening.

Welcome talk by headteacher and information session with tutors, which will also give you the opportunity to meet with other parents.

July 2019

Additional Taster session with the inclusion team for pupils with an EHCP.

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Student Tracker Report - KS5 Guide

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1. Targets and Attainment

We use the A Level Performance System (ALPS) to generate targets at KS5. These are based on average point scores at KS4. We only use the A2 targets in both years 12 and 13. We do not use separate AS targets.

All students will receive at least one ’Current Working’ grade every half term. These attainment grades are based on assessments carried out during each term.

Parents, students and staff will then be able to reflect on an individual student’s progress each term.

2.Learning Grade Definitions

Classwork

 Excellent   Work is always completed efficiently and/or to a standard reflecting his/her best work and often going beyond
the expected minimum.
 B  Good Work is usually completed efficiently and/or to a standard reflecting his/her best work.
 C  Unsatisfactory Work is usually completed but not often efficiently and/or does not always reflect his/her best work.
He/she usually only completes the minimum requirements.
 D  Poor   Work is usually not completed efficiently and/or is below the expected standard for his/her ability.
More time and effort needs to be spent on classwork to meet the required standard.
 E  Serious Concern Work is rarely completed and/or is usually of a poor standard.

Homework

 A  Excellent Work is always completed on time to a standard reflecting his/her best work and often going beyond
the expected minimum.
 B  Good Work is usually completed on time to a standard reflecting his/her best work.
 C  Unsatisfactory   Work is usually completed but not regularly on time and/or does not always reflect his/her best work.
He/she usually only completes the minimum requirements.
 D  Poor Work is usually not completed on time and/or is below the expected standard for his/her ability.
More time and effort needs to be spent on homework to meet required standard.
 E  Serious Concern Work is rarely completed and/or is usually of a poor standard.
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Student Tracker Report - KS4 Guide

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1. Targets and Attainment

All students have been set minimum targets for GCSE by using prior attainment data.

GCSE: Targets are grades 1-9 except in unreformed subjects, where they are still A*-G.
BTEC: D=Distinction; M=Merit; Pa=Pass
Level 1/2 courses: E1-3=Entry Level (3 is the highest); L1=Level 1 pass; L2=level 2 pass

All students will receive one ‘Current Working’ Grade every half term.

Changes for 2017 - 2018

The 9 to 1 GCSE grades will be used for those subjects in which reformed GCSEs are being taught. These are:

Year 11 – Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, History Maths, Music, PE, Physics, RS, Science, Spanish
Year 10 – All of the above, plus Business Studies, Classics, DT and Media Studies

2. Learning Grade Definitions

Behaviour

 A  Excellent Always polite and respectful to others and always makes a positive contribution to the learning environment
in class and around the school.
 B  Good Usually polite and respectful to others and usually makes a positive contribution to the learning environment
in class and around the school.
 C  Unsatisfactory Is usually polite and respectful to others but needs regular reminders to concentrate on learning without distracting
others and to behave sensibly around the school.
 D  Poor Is often disrespectful to others and distracts others from their learning; has difficulty maintaining a high standard
of behaviour around the school.
 E  Serious Concern Is often rude and disruptive. Is unable to maintain an acceptable level of behaviour in class and around the school.

* In DT the behaviour grade is in reference to student's ability to work safely with tools and equipment, rather than their general behaviour.

Classwork

 Excellent   Work is always completed efficiently and/or to a standard reflecting his/her best work and often going beyond
the expected minimum.
 B  Good Work is usually completed efficiently and/or to a standard reflecting his/her best work.
 C  Unsatisfactory Work is usually completed but not often efficiently and/or does not always reflect his/her best work.
He/she usually only completes the minimum requirements.
 D  Poor   Work is usually not completed efficiently and/or is below the expected standard for his/her ability.
More time and effort needs to be spent on classwork to meet the required standard.
 E  Serious Concern Work is rarely completed and/or is usually of a poor standard.

 

Homework(Not set in PE- KS4 grade for attendance)
For KS3 -If no grade is given then H/W has not been set yet according to the H/W timetable.

 A  Excellent Work is always completed on time to a standard reflecting his/her best work and often going beyond
the expected minimum.
 B  Good Work is usually completed on time to a standard reflecting his/her best work.
 C  Unsatisfactory   Work is usually completed but not regularly on time and/or does not always reflect his/her best work.
He/she usually only completes the minimum requirements.
 D  Poor Work is usually not completed on time and/or is below the expected standard for his/her ability.
More time and effort needs to be spent on homework to meet required standard.
 E  Serious Concern Work is rarely completed and/or is usually of a poor standard.

APS Values GCSE Table

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