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The Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme: Engineering Careers in Context

Alexandra Park School is committed to our international relationships and ensuring success for all of our students by providing free opportunities to explore, learn, and socialise, abroad. We have one more year on our successful Erasmus+ programmes, and as the sun sets on one adventure, the sun rises on another. 

turing 01The Turing Scheme is the UK Government’s new global scheme to work and study abroad. Alexandra Park School has been awarded funding to run a new Engineering Enrichment programme with our Year 12 students aimed at promoting the wide range of careers in Engineering. Engineering isn’t ALL planes, trains, and automobiles (although these are exceptionally necessary for the trips to run). Engineering is one of the widest ranging disciplines in the world; broadcast engineers, software engineers, product designers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, medical engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical, aerospace, sports, acoustics, environmental, biochemical …virtually everything you come into contact with will have been engineered. 

Not only is engineering wide ranging, but engineers report high job satisfaction, high salaries, and the opportunities to travel the world. This will form the focus of the Enrichment project as we encourage our students to thoroughly explore this possibility before making their post-school life choices.  

Y12 students will be able to sign up to the programme through Enrichment and participate in fortnightly sessions. These will be tailored to the students – from researching global problems we face and how to solve them, to coding, tinkering, designing, making, and breaking, anything and everything our students wish to focus on. STEM Ambassadors will be invited in to talk to our students and many students will choose to complete an EPQ or CREST Award – enriching their UCAS, apprenticeship, and job prospects. 

Their studies in school will culminate in a trip to either Copenhagen, Denmark, or Toronto, Canada, where we will spend time completing masterclasses with host schools learning what it is like to live and study abroad. There will be no or minimal costs to attending these trips due to the grant funding provided. In addition, we will visit institutions such as the Neils Bohr institute where ice cores from Greenland are stored, and the Perimeter Institute where engineers help scientists answer some of science’s biggest questions. 

Students who wish to take part will need to be studying one of: Maths, Computer Science, Product Design, BTEC Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. They don’t need to be set on a career in Engineering – merely interested by the possibilities. Students can sign up when they apply for their Enrichment choices. 

This our first time running a project of this nature, if any parents or people in our school community work in engineering or have interesting experiences to share (e.g. workplace visits or come in to talk) then do please reach out to Mr Marshall (jmarshall@alexandrapark.school).

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Open Event Information

Our open mornings are now fully booked.

If you did not get the opportunity to book a place at one of our five open mornings, we will be sharing some digital resources for prospective families online.

We hope to have this information available on our website from the 27th of September.

Please note we are not keeping a waiting list and there will be no additional sessions added.


At Alexandra Park School, our cohesive and thriving school community matters most to us and is our greatest source of pride. Each year we look forward to those occasions where we can invite our wider community into the school to experience first-hand the positive atmosphere we’ve created.

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It is therefore with regret that we have taken the decision to not hold our Open Evening this year. We will always prioritise the health, safety and education of our school community. Our decision recognises the continued risks associated with the pandemic. Inviting more than 1,500 visitors into the school will lead to increased sickness and absence and ultimately disrupt learning.

We absolutely love holding this event and appreciate that the cancellation of the Open Evening may be disappointing to those in our wider community, who value the opportunity to find out more about what we offer at APS. To this end, we would direct families to our website to access a range of resources, containing information about our school. Although these documents and videos cannot capture the amazing ethos and positive atmosphere that makes APS such a wonderful place to work and learn, we trust that they will provide families with access to the essential information needed to make important decisions about secondary school choice. We hope that families will understand the reasons for our decision. We are not a football stadium or music festival but a school community and our focus is on delivering the very best education to those children in our care.

In place of the Open Evening, we will be extending our series of Open Mornings. These will run each morning through the week of 27th September, from 9.20 am to 10.50 am. The morning will offer an opportunity to hear the Headteacher and a tour of our school. Visitor numbers will be regulated and are strictly by ticket only. We would ask that only those families with a child in Year 6 or Year 5 attend.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you into our school.

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Our Curriculum

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.

At Key Stage 3 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.

At Key Stage 4  we offer a broad, ever-changing curriculum to cater for our students' needs and the changing curriculum, inspiring and preparing them for next steps in their education, training and employment.

Detailed information on our KS3 and KS4 Curriculum is available via the below links. Additional curriculum information for the lower school including careers, homework and GCSE choices can be found under School Information in the main menu. Information on our Sixth Form curriculum offer can be found under Sixth Form in the main menu.

If you would like further information about our curriculum, you can contact Dan Silverman, Deputy Headteacher Curriculum via the Alexandra Park School Office at office@alexandrapark.school

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