Headteacher's Welcome

Headteacher's Welcome

Alexandra Park School is a thriving and dynamic school which boasts excellent examination results and an outstanding curriculum experience in both the main school and the sixth form. The school is situated on a beautiful five-acre site adjacent to Durnsford Park within sight of Alexandra Palace. The school was opened in 1999 with the aim of creating a great comprehensive school at the heart of the community. We have become that great local school offering top-class education alongside a wealth of opportunities.

Ours is a rich, diverse and harmonious community with a culture of outstanding teaching and learning at its heart. Our school motto is “Success for all” and everything we do is planned to enable us to achieve this vision. At APS students will discover a supportive and friendly environment. High standards of discipline and behaviour are expected and maintained thus ensuring a safe, structured working environment where every individual is encouraged to strive for excellence. Our objective is to foster confident and responsible citizens who are prepared to meet the challenges of life.

Our students study a predominantly traditional curriculum with a focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. Our students achieve extremely well academically at the end of Key Stage 4. This year almost 90% of our students gained 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE and with the more important measure of 5A*-C with English and Maths the pass rate was above 80%. We ensure our students make excellent progress from when they arrive in Year 7 and have repeatedly achieved outstanding attainment and value-added, putting the school in the top 5% nationally. The English and Maths departments’ performance has seen them both ranked in the top 1% nationwide.

The sixth form was established 10 years ago. It has a comprehensive intake and offers an extensive range of courses. It is arguably the best performing sixth form in the area. The provision has been independently assessed (ALPS) as in the top 5% of institutions nationwide. Ofsted judged our sixth form as Outstanding in every category. In 2016 92% of our students achieved A*-C grades at A level, with 70% of these being A*-B and 43% being awarded the top A*/A grades.  Two thirds of students were successful in their application to one of the UK's top 30 universities and three quarters of our students were able to follow the course they had chosen at their first choice university.

Our latest Ofsted Inspection states “Alexandra Park School is an outstanding school. The decisive and inspirational leadership of the headteacher and a highly effective leadership team has enabled Alexandra Park School to continue its journey of rapid improvement. It is a reflective and self-critical organisation which lives its aim to ‘put learning first’ through its every action. Students are highly motivated learners who make rapid progress from their starting points through outstanding teaching, an excellent curriculum and exemplary care, guidance and support. Attainment is high and rising. Students are highly committed to their studies and are aspirational. Their ambitions are high as is reflected in large numbers of students progressing to the most competitive courses and universities.”

We have appointed an outstanding, highly qualified staff who bring vision, energy, enthusiasm and very high expectations to the school. We are truly at the ’cutting edge’ of new educational developments and leave no stone unturned in seeking ways to further enhance the educational experience of each and every one of our students.

Michael McKenzie
Headteacher