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Top Class

Our Sixth Form students once again demonstrated their ability to secure places on demanding courses at competitive universities throughout the country. The school upheld its impressive record of sending students to Oxford and Cambridge, with five of our students beginning their studies there next term:

students 01Sasha Brealey English Literature (St Catharine’s, Cambridge)

Aimee Croxall Philosophy (Jesus, Cambridge)

Flo Ellary Chemistry (St Catherine’s Oxford)

Maggie Harding English Literature (Emmanuel, Cambridge)

Barash Tunahan Natural Sciences (St Catharine’s Cambridge)

More than half our students now secure placers at Russell Group universities with the following institutions welcoming significant numbers of Alexandra Park students: Edinburgh, University College London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Warwick. Many of these students won places onto courses with particularly demanding entry requirements, Medicine and Architecture proving popular this year.

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Success for All

 

We are pleased to announce outstanding A level and BTEC results across our Sixth form for 2021.

We are very proud of our students, particularly this year with the unique set of challenges that has been presented to them. The majority have worked hard under difficult conditions, adapting quickly to remote learning and independent study. Year 13 have missed at least 40% of face to face teaching during their courses and yet we see a record number of students heading off to university with 91% achieving places at their first-choice destination.

student 01As a non-selective, fully comprehensive Sixth form we see students studying a diverse and eclectic range of subject choices including this year Japanese, Patisserie Technology, Acoustic Engineering, Astrophysics and Music for Computer Games. The more traditional subjects such as Engineering, Economics, Social Sciences and Law continue to attract large numbers. More than 70% of students have achieved places in universities ranked in the top 30, and 52% Russell Group with 5 Oxbridge places. Alongside this we have students gaining equally prestigious places at Conservatoires, on national apprenticeships and sponsored internships. Congratulations to Jarvia Reddy for flying through the rigorous global selection procedure to secure herself a place on the Cisco degree apprenticeship.

With 15% of our results coming form Vocational subjects we are equally proud of our track record of top grades in BTEC qualifications with students such as Meryema Urhan and William Tuck gaining full sets of A*/Distinction* and progressing onto university courses in Economics and Music.

Well done to our students, particularly this year with the unique challenges that they have been presented with. Every one of them worked so hard and we have been overwhelmed by their achievements throughout their time in Sixth Form.

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A Level Results 2018

A Level 06Students and staff at APS Sixthform have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have been a joy to teach and have achieved highly.

A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. Those with straight As or A*s include: Miles, Ava, Mohammed, Jeremy, Ruby, Benjamin, George, Malindi, Eve, Lottie, Phoebe, Sharon, Ismet, Raphaella, Elizabeth, Maritsa and Max.

These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications with the majority of students achieving Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone this year, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include Burak and Amy.

Intended destinations for the Class of 2018 includes Oxford, Imperial College, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham and Loughborough and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Biochemistry, Sports Management, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Business Management, Computer Science, Law, Theology and many more. Other students have secured places on highly competitive apprenticeship pathways including Engineering at Siemens, Nursing with the NHS and Journalism at the BBC.

St John Starkie, Sixthform Director said “We are very proud of this level of exceptional performance and the tenacity and resilience of all of our students; some of which have overcome very challenging personal circumstances this year. These results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. The combination of strong pastoral support, excellent teaching and opportunities to experience some ‘fun’ along the way has resulted in our students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”

A Level 09a“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said Headteacher Michael McKenzie. “The school continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational Post 16 courses. Providing a broad curriculum to a diverse and large student body is central to our core beliefs and it is very satisfying to see them being successful.

“It is also very clear from these results that our focus on quality teaching by expert subject specialists, together with a culture of hard work and high expectations provide an environment where students can thrive and realise their full potential. With these qualifications, they have opened many and varied doors to life beyond APS. This success is also down to the fantastic support the students receive from their parents and the wider community connected with the school. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their hard academic work, thank them for their contributions to the wider school community and wish them every success for their collective futures.”

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GCSE Results 2018

Students at APS are celebrating yet another year of excellent GCSE examination results. Under government reforms, GCSE grades for the majority of subjects are now awarded on a scale from 1, being the lowest, to 9, being the highest. There has once again been a rise at our school in the proportion of the three highest grades awarded. More than a third of the results recorded by pupils at the school were at the new 9 to 7 grades comparable to A** A* and A for GCSE. At APS 11% grade 9’s, 23% grade 8 and above and 40% grade 7 and above were achieved by the students. This represents a phenomenal return on the efforts of both the students and staff throughout the duration of the courses.

The school’s analysis indicates that, yet again, APS have again significantly exceeded national expectations for attainment and progress. Attainment 8 will exceed 57 and Progress 8 will be above 0.5, both indicators are outstanding. This shows that our young people do better by attending APS than if they went elsewhere. Many pupils gained outstanding results. More than a third of our students gained at least 5 GCSEs at these top grades and or particular note are the twelve students who achieved 5 or more grade 9s. Progress has been a key focus this year and has been exemplified by the terrific performance of so many of our students. Students such as Alex shown below who far exceeded his expectations. His story is not atypical at the school. Alex said, upon opening his results, “It was a bit of a shock and surprise but a really nice feeling after all the hard work and persistence to achieve the grades I did.”

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Headteacher, Michael McKenzie, said "APS is a high performing school.​ We are very proud of the achievements of the students this year. We are delighted with the results that the students have achieved. Like all schools, students and staff have had to step up to the challenge of the more rigorous and demanding qualifications that have been set by the exam boards. We are particularly proud of how well the school meets the needs of all its students from the most-able students to those with significant need. We demonstrate clearly the success of comprehensive education.

“This is based on the simple but effective formula of high quality courses, taught well by expert staff, to hard-working students supported effectively by their families and our community."

“It is clear from these results that students can thrive in the learning environment that staff cultivate at Alexandra Park School. We are matching students to the correct courses whilst retaining a broad and balanced curriculum that opens doors for the next stage in their lives. We are looking forward to continuing those relationships with the students who join us into our successful Sixth Form. For all the students, however, I would like to congratulate them on their success and wish them the very best for their futures.”

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