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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.

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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. 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 2018

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

Last week of March 2018

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 2018.  These forms help us gather essential details about your child, such as learning and support needs, medical issues and school history.

May 2018

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 2018

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

May 2018

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

3rd / 4th July 2018

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. 

4th July 2018

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 2018

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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APS Values

Alexandra Park School's Values

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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.

Resilience is the ability to deal with setbacks and the capacity to push on through difficulties to complete tasks. At school and beyond, this characteristic can be the difference between success and failure. It can be encouraged and must be practised. Those who throw themselves into tasks, without the fear of failure, often gain the most from them. By doing and succeeding, we build our confidence. Sometimes we need to be fearless in order to start a task, particularly something that is new to us: we must have a sense of adventure and the desire to try something challenging.

One of the goals of education is to give students independence so that they can flourish on their own. The first step on this road is to take responsibility for your own learning and, rather than waiting to be shown something, take the initiative and find out for yourself. The best learners show drive; they are independent and motivated, with high ambitions for their work. Longer-term ambitions usually begin with the spark of interest in something. Finding this spark is part of the school experience.

Being organised is more than just remembering what you need to bring to school, planning your time and completing tasks by the due date. It is about having systems of thought that will allow you to structure essay responses and see your way through a task.

We are using the word creativity to mean more than the conventional definition of artistic endeavour. Creativity in finding new ways to accomplish tasks and innovation in finding solutions to difficult problems can differentiate us from our peers. These skills can be developed in all subjects. After the uniformity of the school experience, life is likely to be varied and changing. Being ready and willing to adapt to new situations is a valuable skill.
Whilst learning is a goal in itself we are judged by what we produce. The care, patience, diligence and desire to perfect a piece of work are summed up in a sense of craftsmanship.

Learning new things requires an interest in the world outside of your immediate life. A sense of inquisitiveness and curiosity makes this easier. Whilst some people are naturally curious, others must make an effort. However, it is its own reward. Learning new things opens up new worlds and our curiosity grows.

Whilst being happy may not be as simple as making a decision to be happy, we can find ways to be positive, work out what makes us happy and practise other characteristics that will help us be happy: gratitude, kindness and open-mindedness. Positivity is also about enthusiasm and willingness; a recognition that whilst there may be other things that you would rather be doing right now, you will get the most out of something if you commit to it whole-heartedly. Hard work is much more rewarding if you are enthusiastic about your subject!

Empathy and consideration, the ability to understand the feelings of others and modify our responses with those feelings in mind, are qualities that may not help earn academic grades or get us to university but will be essential to our success in every other aspect of life.

APS Values Reporting

A sample Values report is shown below. All teaching staff contribute to the values report based on observation of each value during class activities and interactions. Individual staff contributions are averaged to create the report you receive.

APS Values Reporting table1

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Student Tracker Report - KS3 Guide

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Please note that there is a further FQA document in the parent Guides and Reportingsection of the website, should you want more information about the reports.

1. Academic Progress Tracking Report:

APS Values GCSE Table

A) Minimum GCSE target grades are based on prior attainment data and are set using the new 9-1 grading system, as all students currently studying in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be sitting only the ‘new’ (reformed) GCSEs. The diagram below illustrates how these new grades relate to the old A-C/D-G grading system, and includes an approximation of how the distribution of grades will change (in the form of a percentage).

 

 

 

B) Progress in relation to these minimum target grades is assessed each term in every subject using the definitions below. Reports will continue to include assessment from previous terms for comparison.

KS3 report

C) Attendance and punctualityis also shown on all reports.

2. Values Reports

The values report has a broader educational focus, with the intention of developing a range of valuable attributes that will prepare students for life after school. The values are taught in subject areas and via the pastoral system.
All teaching staff contribute to the values report based on observation of each value during class activities and interactions. Individual staff contributions are averaged to create the report you receive.

 

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Food Menu

A new team of caterers joined APS over the summer, introducing a selection of new and exciting menus. The hard-working kitchen staff not only provide a selection of hot meals each day on a three-weekly rotation, but also for breakfast and during morning break.
Please find more information on the food they provide below.

Pabulum provide the catering services at Alexandra Park School.  Pabulum’s Vision is to be at the forefront of improving the next generation’s health and well-being, by shaping the food culture in education that inspires a passion and love of fresh food – without compromise.  Pabulum were awarded ‘Education Caterer of the Year’ at the Foodservice Cateys 2016.  This is regarded as the “Oscars” of the catering industry.  The menus are available online at http://www.pabulum-catering.co.uk/for-parents/menus/ To find out more about Pabulum, our suppliers or our company initiatives then please check out our website at www.pabulum-catering.co.uk for the latest blogs and news stories, or alternatively you can call us on 01252 819991

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