APS News

Ms. Pearl "Design Teacher of the Year"

Congratulations to APS head of DT, Laura Pearl, who has won Design Teacher of the Year.  The winner was announced at a star studded event at the Design Museum in Knightsbridge.  Ms. Pearl joined APS in 2010 and leads our Design Technology department.  She was joined at the event by a team of year 10 APS designers who had also been shortlisted in the National Ventura Design awards. The team’s design for a practical way to recycle plastic bottles made the top 10 shortlist from the 588 schools that entered. They were pipped at the post to the top prize but well done to them all:

  • Paisley Cole
  • Daniel Dobres
  • Grace Geller
  • Ky Hope
  • Ailsa Robb
All photos ©Miles Willis Photography/Design Museum

Jeremy wins summer internship at CERN

Congratulations to Jeremy Atkinson, who has earned a place on CERN’s prestigious S’Cool Lab Summer Programme in Geneva.  More than 2000 applications were received for just 20 places. This is a rare chance for an internship at the World’s greatest experiment. Jeremy will spend the summer working alongside students and physicists from across the world. He will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and carry out a number of different experiments on a variety of tasks. Jeremy will also get the opportunity to visit a number of the experimental sites and facilities at CERN. He will build on his knowledge and experience of particle physics following our annual APS Physics department trip to CERN in June.  Jeremy is delighted. "I'm very excited about the opportunity I have been offered. I wasn't expecting it as it was so competitive! It will be a great chance to extend my knowledge in physics, building on my present knowledge learnt studying A level. I also hope to make and develop contacts with other Physics students worldwide. I'm really looking forward to it!"

The Physics team at Alexandra Park School are very proud of our Jeza!

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Another Week Another Award

Congratulations to our very own Ms Stephens who was yesterday named ‘Music teacher of the year’ at the Outstanding for All awards yesterday.

SSTMs Stephens is a cellist who joined Alexandra Park School in its first year of opening back in 1999. Her input to music, as head of department, is underpinned by her commitment to inclusivity, team and partnership working and the pursuit of excellence. Her philosophy is that there are few situations, however challenging, that music-making cannot improve.  Whilst a great spotter and nurturer of musical talent - she has seen recent students join renowned conservatoires in London and Glasgow and graduate from Cambridge University. Ms Stephen’s key characteristic as a music teacher is her advocacy of music as a tool to widen participation, address disadvantage and develop self-esteem. 

As a member of The Mayor’s Music Education Task Force she has been pivotal in helping to develop a music curriculum for London that engages as many children as possible; provides challenge, stimulation and support for London music teachers; and makes explicit how music can be used in the classroom as a tool to address society’s inequities. Her leadership has seen the broadening of APS music curriculum to include BTEC, A level and GCSE which has led to the engagement of many more students.

Ms Stephens was recognised because she has made music a vibrant, inclusive, creative, ever-evolving and absolutely integral part of school life at Alexandra Park School.”


Slambassadors receive their awards

Congratulations once more to our 'Slambassadors', who attended an event on Sunday 30th October to receive their commended certificates.  The students had a great evening, which was hosted by poet Joelle Taylor.  Another poet, Lemn Sissay presented teh students with their awards.  Of particular note is Beth Hollis, who received a 'highly commended' award.

Pictures from the event are below.