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Alexandra Park Sixth Form Celebrates A-Level Results

Students and staff at Alexandra Park Sixth Form have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have exceeded the success shown in previous years by increasing the percentage of grades achieved at A*-B to an impressive 62%. Additionally, 30% of all grades were achieved at A or A*.

A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. Thirty individuals achieved 3 or more A*/A grades a few noteable individuals include Jim  – A*A*A*A, Ariadne  – A*A*A*A*, Aishwarya– A*A*A*, Max F – A*A*A*, Alex – A*A*A, Ella A*A*A, Juliet  – A*A*A, Max R– A*A*A, Temmuz – A*A*A and Celia – A*AAA

These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications where the majority students achieved at least a Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include: Emre Hassan Dist*DD, Dante Jacobs Dist, Dist, A, Bruna Todi Dist, A, A and Gabi Zammit Dist, A, B

Intended destinations for the Class of 2019 include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Leeds, UCL, Edinburgh, Queen Mary, SOAS, Bath, Warwick, Birmingham, Newcastle and Exeter and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Architecture, Midwifery, Ancient History, Law, Primary Eduction, Engineering, Marine Biology, Animal Management, Costume Design and Linguistics. Several of our students have secured places on highly competitive degree pathways on the back of their results. These include Granit Jupoli studying Astrophysics at Manchester, Mia Dierks-Treece studying Virology and Immunology at Bristol and Myesha Munro will be studying Classic and English at Oxford.

St John Starkie, Director of Sixth Form 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 Alexandra Park Sixth Form students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”

“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said the Director of Studies Mo Julian. “The Sixth Form continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational 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 Alexandra Park Sixth Form. 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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Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony 2019

The ‘2019 Haringey Schools Jack Petchey Achievement Awards Presentation Evening’ took place on Monday 10th June 2019 at The Bernie Grants Arts Centre. It was a fantastic evening celebrating the achievements of students across the borough. The Jack Petchey Achievement Award is given to a pupil from each year who demonstrates enthusiasm and determination in lesson or outside of the classroom. They don't need to be the most academic, rather somebody who contributes positively to the school environment. There were 7 APS students from KS3,4 and 5 there to receive their awards.
 
Ms. Cannon was also present to receive her Jack Petchey Leader Award having been nominated by students at APS for her excellent teaching.
 
Congratulations to all the winners.

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Top Students meet Top Team

APS students Josh and Max from Year 9 were special guests at the Arsenal Stadium this week.

They were invited to help launch 'Arsenal For All'.  Possibly a phrase borrowed from Alexandra Park school’s motto?

Both boys were invited to watch the game in the new sensory room at the stadium, and also carry the flags as the players ran through the tunnel and on to the pitch. The boys had the pleasure of watching some beautiful football in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, leapfrogging another London football club into third place!

Héctor Bellerín, who has been at Highbury since 2011, chatted with the lads for some time.  In true style, Josh walked away with a new hat curtesy of the Spanish wing back.

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APS Water Bottles now available!

bottles 02The APS School Council’s first project has been to research the environmental impact of reducing waste, re-using bottles and recycling here at APS. We strongly believe we all have a role to play in tackling climate change.

One way we can reduce our dependency on plastics here at APS and protect the environment is to start using our very own school water bottle.  The APS School Council is happy to announce that the school water bottle is now available to purchase via parent pay for only £3.

By purchasing a water bottle, you will be supporting our campaign to:

  • Reduce the use of plastics
  • Re-use water bottles

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APS Inclusive Sports Team win award

Congratulations to the APS SEND / Inclusive Sports Team, who have won Haringey's 'Disabled Sports Team of the Year' award.

2018 was an amazing year for inclusive sport at Alexandra Park School. This has been because of the talent, passion, energy and commitment shown by so many of our students that have additional needs. Sport has given our students a chance to reflect the school motto ‘Success for all’.

Last summer, at the end of year School Sports Celebration Awards Ceremony, parents, staff and students were truly inspired by the success achieved by all our gifted athletes, but for those students who sometimes have their additional needs described as a ‘disability’, they clearly demonstrated their ‘ability’ again and again, as they proudly represented their school and borough with distinction.

The APS inclusive sports team were proud to represent their school and Team Haringey at the London Youth Games in 2018. We are very fortunate to have a Borough Sports Development Team who encourage and fully support sports participation for all.

teamoftheyear 01The APS Inclusive cricket team were Runners Up in the final at Lords Indoor Cricket Ground, the 4thtime that APS had appeared in the finals in the last five years. Many of the team are looking forward to returning this year, to see if they can go one better.

teamoftheyear 02teamoftheyear 03The APS MLD Tennis squad, consisting entirely of Yr7 players, came third in London, despite competing against students two years older. They helped secure the points necessary to win Haringey the School Shield for the fifth successive year, in the last competition of the year.

teamoftheyear 04The APS wheelchair basketball / IZB squad again came third at the London Youth Games for the second year running, despite competing against boroughs with well-established wheelchair basketball clubs. Entering this competition has been a real eye opener for our ‘abled body’ students, who compete alongside those with a lower limb impairment. The empathy and respect for those who need to use a wheelchair was evident in training sessions and the competition, where they came up against national league players.

teamoftheyear 05The APS Boccia squad came 9th at the London Youth Games with a new look team after some key players relocated out of London. However, the Haringey Primary School Boccia Squad, benefitted from joint training sessions, by making the finals in the mini games.

teamoftheyear 06teamoftheyear 07We also had success in the Inclusive sailing event at the London Youth Games with another 9th place finish. Josh has competed in this event, with a variety of partners for the last three years. He has shown both fearlessness and a sense of adventure.

In the last twelve months, because of our students' commitment to inclusive sport, we have been fortunate to have school visits from Paralympians Tim Prendergast and Liz Johnson. Their visits have been highlights of the school calendar. 

They have inspired and mentored some of our most committed squad members. Over the last two years, APS students with additional needs have been chosen to deliver presentations at the London Step Into Sport Leadership Academy held at Lords.

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They have been excellent role models, sharing their personal story and successes with the hundreds of sports leaders who have attended from all over London. Their mission has been to encourage inclusion in sport for all abilities.

This amazing group of students, who share a passion for sport, always give 100% and have developed into a tight-knit team who use their experiences to develop not just their own, but each other’s skills. They have also embraced the opportunity to work with SEND students from Primary Schools and Special schools in the borough developing their own sports leadership skills.

Sport at APS is flourishing, but this special group of students are an example to all, of what hard work and determination can achieve, despite what obstacles they face in everyday life..

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APS U13 Girls County Cricket Champions

Congratulations to our girls cricket team, who are now the U13 Girls County Crichet Champions!

They will now represent Middlesex versus the other south-east county cricket champions, including Surrey and Kent.

A big thanks to Adem for managing the team.

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APS student wins National Geographic competition

Our very own Anna Bauss (8E) was announced as the winner of the National Geographic Children’s Photography Competition.

Her photograph was chosen from more than 2000 entries, which makes this achievement even more impressive. Anna has won her family a holiday to Borneo for her efforts!

The judges commented on Anna’s entry:

There is beauty and joy in this image. It shows togetherness despite apparent difference. Add to that the perfect harmony of patterns and this photograph is a memorable masterpiece

Following her win, Anna commented:

I’m so happy my picture has been chosen. It feels like a dream! I took so many pictures of the Fodies that the camera ran out of battery. My parents were cross with me because we couldn't take any more photos that day...but they’re definitely not upset now that I’ve won!

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Pre-order your Christmas Tree

APSA invites you to pre-order your Christmas trees.

The trees are 150/170cm (5ft-6ft) premium grade ‘Nordman low drop’ Christmas trees.

christmas tree animated gif 30Each tree costs £42. All proceeds will go to APSAs fundraising.

The trees are to be collected on Monday 2nd December, the day of our annual Christmas lecture, choir and festivities, from the school playground.

On the 2nd December, the trees can be collected between 4:30 – 7:15pm (the Christmas lecture will run between 6:00-7:00pm). We regret you will be unable to pick up your tree at any other time.

Information on the Christmas lecture and how to sign up will be shared soon.

Please fill in the order form available to Download here and the Payment option will be set up on ParentPay when the form is returned to the school office.

Last payment date Friday 22nd November

Thank you

Key Terms and Conditions:

  • The school needs to meet the minimum order number required by the supplier. If this number is not met, we will not be able to place the order and the money paid via Parent Pay will be refunded.
  • The tree collections are on a first come first served basis, so if you would like to have a choice of the tree please arrive early.
  • There is no parking on the school site. Trees will need to be carried to the location of the car outside of school or carried home.
  • If we have a suitable amount of volunteers, we will endeavour to assist you to carry the tree to the car (not homes) but this may not be possible.
  • The trees must be collected on Monday 2nd December at the times specified. 
  • The school has no facility for refunding after the order has been placed, please contact the supplier directly (information available on request) if there are issues,  you may need to take the tree back to the supplier in Reigate if you are dissatisfied.
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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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