Curriculum Information

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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Year 8 Report into New GCSEs

Major changes are planned for GCSE system changes that will affect us all whether we are parents, employers or students. We interviewed many people and found out many interesting things.

Here are some of the most important changes:

  • The English and Maths grades have been changed from F-A* to 1-9 allowing for an extra grade for high achievers and to separate it from the old GCSEs.
  • The scrapping of coursework in nearly all subjects
  • The end of module tests
  • Limiting the amount of students allowed to resit exams

As well as numerous curriculum changes - such as the increased amount of British writers being studied in English. We interviewed the teachers in our school and got a mixed response. Generally teachers felt frustration for not having a say in these changes however some said that they positively impacted their teaching. The English department felt that lack of diversity in writers on the syllabus was constraining. The maths department said that the new GCSEs simplified the exam system as high achieving students would not have to take the further maths GCSE.

These are just some of the concerns and opinions voiced by the APS teaching staff. A general consensus was that the abolition of coursework was a bad thing, however an ex-GCSE student we interviewed said that coursework was ,”repetitive and dull” . That said we do not know what the majority of students thought.

As part of the BBC school report we were invited to broadcasting house to both take a tour and appear on the Vanessa Feltz show. We learnt many things about professional broadcasting and some met some of the most incredible people who worked behind the scenes. Despite of some hard questioning, the team managed to hold their own and raise some tough issues for the education minister, who refused to attend. Altogether, an inspiring day out!

We would like to thank Mr. Bonham-Carter, Mr. Creamer and Ms. O`Neil for helping us create this article.

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Progress Tracking and Reporting Survey

Link to progress tracking and reporting survey

Dear Parent / Carer

As you are aware, this year represents the start of a period of curriculum change that is being introduced by the Department of Education.

These changes will have a significant impact upon students in every year group. At Key Stage 3 they involve the revision of the National Curriculum, and in particular the removal of the compulsory levels (1-7) that previously existed to measure progress from Years 7 to 9. At GCSE, new qualifications are being introduced in all subjects over the next three years with a different grading system (using numbers, 9-1, instead of A*-G), and at A level all subject specifications are also being revised over the next three years although the grading system will remain unchanged. Vocational qualifications at Key Stages 4 and 5 are also being reformed.

In light of these changes we are currently reviewing our reporting procedures to ensure that they remain effective in fulfilling their purpose of providing information about progress, and means of improvement, to students and parents.

To help inform this process, we are eager to consider the views of parents and would be grateful if you could complete a questionnaire which is available at goo.gl/pZ74uE

Please also be aware that we have produced guides to curriculum change which you can view here.

We are, as always, grateful for your support.

Yours sincerely

Dan Silverman

Deputy Headteacher

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