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Term Dates 2018-19

Autumn Term 2017
Starts
Ends

Inset Days

  • Monday 3rd September 2018
  • Friday 23rd November 2018
  • Friday 3rd May 2019

Public Holidays:

  • Christmas Day
    Tue 25th Dec 2018
  • Boxing Day
    Wed 26th Dec 2018
  • New Year's Day
    Tue 1st Jan 2019
  • Good Friday
    Fri 19th April 2019
  • Easter Monday
    Mon 22nd April 2019
  • May Day
    Mon 6th May 2019
  • Spring Bank Hol
    Mon 27th May 2019

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 Mon 3rd September 2018

Autumn 1

Mon 3rd September 2018

Friday 19th October 2018

Holiday

Monday 22nd October 2018

Friday 26th October 2018

Autumn 2

Monday 29th October 2018

Thursday 21st December 2018

INSET Day Fri 23rd November 2018

Holiday

Monday 24th December 2018

Friday 4th January 2019

     
Spring Term 2018
Starts
Ends

Spring 1

Monday 7th January 2019

Friday 15th February 2019

Holiday

Monday 18th February 2019

Friday 22nd February 2019

Spring 2

Monday 25th February 2019

Friday 5th April 2019

Holiday

Friday 8th April 2019

Monday 22nd April 2019

     
Summer Term 2018
Starts
Ends

Summer 1

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Friday 24th May 2019

INSET Day Friday 3rd May 2019

Holiday

Monday 27th May 2019

Friday 31st May 2019

Summer 2

Monday 3rd June 2019

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Holiday

Wednesday 23th July 2019

TBC

 

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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

https://www.mykindafuture.com/
http://www.prospects.ac.uk
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Work experience

http://www.work-experience.org/
http://www.my-work-experience.com

Apprenticeships

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/OptionsAt16/DG_4001327

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/
http://www.gapyeardirectory.co.uk/

Year in Industry / Headstart

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

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Free School Meals

Please read all the information carefully before submitting an application for free school meals

Who is elligible for Free School Meals?

Free School Meals are available for children who attend a state maintained school on a full time basis.

In order to be elligible the parent / carer must be in receipt of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seakers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with no element of Working Tax Credit (with a family income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs)
  • National Asylum Seekers Support
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance - Income-related only

Please note: if you are currently in receipt of Working Tax Credit, then you do not qualify for free school meals.

How to Apply

Pease complete the form (available to download below), using BLOCK CAPITALS.  You should ensure that you have signed the form and return it to the School Office.  Unfortunately, any forms that are not signed or incomplete will be returned to sender and this will lead to a delay in the Free School Meal being given.

Is evidence of Benefit Entitlement Required?

You do not need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit this form.  We will check your entitlement through the Department of Education's Eligibility Service (ECS).

Download the Free School Meals application form
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