APS News

Alexandra Park School awarded top classification by Arts Council

Alexandra Park School is very proud of the Artsmark Platinum Award. The Arts Council awarded their top classification in recognition of the superb work the school does within the Arts and Cultural experiences, especially within Fine Art, Music and Drama. In addition The Arts Council asked Alexandra Park School to appear in the promotional video for the organisation.

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Parent Local Governor Elections 2021 Featured

Alexandra Park School currently has a vacancy for an elected Parent Local Governor to serve on the Local Governors’ Advisory Group for a period of up to 3 years. The opportunity to be elected as a Parent Local Governor is open to any parent or carer, all you need is to be willing to give time and commitment to the school.

Alexandra Park School is proud of the diversity of its student body. We recognise that our school is enriched by students from a range of different backgrounds and we want to make sure the Local Governors’ Advisory Group reflects the diversity of our student body. We welcome all those who are eligible to stand in the elections and would particularly encourage those from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Parent Local Governors, with all other Local Governors, play a key role in the oversight of the school. Being a Local Governor can be very rewarding and will provide you with the opportunity to work as part of a team and gain new skills. Don’t worry if you don’t have any previous experience, full training and support is provided to all new Local Governors. Further details about what is involved in being a Local Governor can be found on the governance page of the school website.

Detailed information on eligibility, nomination and the election process was sent to parents via a letter from the Chair in November 2021. If you have not received this letter please contact the school office. Parents who would like to stand as a candidate for election should complete and submit a nomination form by following the steps outlined this letter.

If there are two or more nominations received for the role, an online ballot will be held in December 2021 in accordance with the below timeline. Parents will be notified in the event of an election.

Timeline

  • Nominations close midday Monday 22nd Nov 2021 
  • Online voting opens midday Monday 6th Dec 2021
  • Online voting closes midday Monday 13th Dec 2021
  • Election results published Friday 17th Dec 2021
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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Following the huge success of our Bronze Award scheme last year, Alexandra Park School is excited to announce that we are now offering our current Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12 students the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and/or Silver Award. This prestigious award gives children the chance to develop a range of life skills while increasing their fitness and having a lot of fun. duke 1
 duke 2  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme involves the completion of four different activities. Over a period of 6 months, students will need to participate in a physical activity, develop a skill and undertaking voluntary work in their community. Finally, all participants must undertake two overnight expeditions away from home. These will involve camping and hiking in small groups with the emphasis on developing their team working skills and independence.

Please use the links below to download the application form and read advice on choosing suitable activities.
Application Deadline: Friday 15th October (Selected students will need to pay an enrolment fee of £30, and will have an extra fee for the expedition).
Year 9 DofE Application Letter
Year 10 DofE Application Letter
Year 12 DofE Application Letter
General advice on the DofE Award: www.dofe.org
Activity Advice: Activity ideas - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (dofe.org)

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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 Featured

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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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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Black History Month Featured

At APS we celebrate every individual and value the diverse student body that we have. This ties into our school values of empathy, curiosity, positivity and open-mindedness.  

As a staff body, we mark key events in the year such as Pride month in June and Black History Month in October. By visibly showing our support we encourage students to see the value in diversity, becoming well-rounded citizens with a broader perspective and richer life experience. This creates a culture of acceptance where differences are valued and discrimination can be challenged. When we stand up for people who are different from us we send a message that everyone has a right to dignity, happiness and respect. 

NO ONE IS EQUAL UNTIL EVERYONE IS EQUAL!

"Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. It creates the opportunity to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge it. Here is a list of events for our pupils to attend during this month:

Programmer AnnieEasley

  • Drama Department is showing a screening of 'Small Island'. When: 19th & 20th October. Time: 3:30pm to 5pm. Location: P11. Year 9 to Year 13 students are welcome.
  • Citizenship and Sociology department is showing a screening of 'Subnormal: A British Scandal'. When: 6th & 7th October. When: Lunchtime. Location: EW03. Year 10-13 students are welcome.
  • English Department presents the following (check for dates and times with the department:
    • Year 7: The Rise of Black Superheroes
    • Year 8: The history of Black Spies
    • Year 9: Writing to Change the World
    • Year 10: Decolonising the Curriculum
    • Year 11: A Celebration of Ira Aldridge
    • KS5: BHM Essay Writing Competition
  • Art Department is running a KS3 Poster Competition. Prizes to be won. Check for details with the department.
  • History Department is publishing tutor time activities on Bristol Riots 1960s.
  • Look out for the reading list published by the Library to celebrate Black History Month.
  • Bernie Grants Arts Centre have Heather Agyepong’s powerful new solo performance The Body Remembers. It explores how trauma lives in the body, particularly for Black British women across different generations. The performance is running from Thursday 7 October."
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School Honour Recipients 2021 Featured

Every year we honour 7 students that have made outstanding contributions to our school.   

This year Radha Castellino Dominguez was awarded the Asma Seghir- Merniz outstanding citizen award.  This is award goes to students that show kindness, empathy and positivity and Radha embraces this in abundance. 

With GCSEs already in further maths and astronomy, you can see why Pierre Mechen was awarded with The Mike Terry Science and Maths award. 

The Rosslyn Hudson Literature award went to Yohan Mandungu who is always seen with a book in her hand, her beautiful writing and her passion for literature has led her to want to study English Literature in our 6th form. 

The winner of the Courtney Goddard-GaylePerforming Arts award goes to a student that first hit our stage in year 7.  The winner Lucila Guzik has never let her quiet, shy nature get in her way of performing and standing out like a star. 

Very rarely do you see such a thoughtful student with such ambition and thirst for knowledge quite like Arun Hamilton McMahon which is why he received the James McDonald Inquiring Mind Award. 

Progress is about a journey and Evangelina Neophytou over the years has made an exceptional journey with regards to herself and her education which is what the Jackie Marchant Outstanding progress award is about.    

The journey is also what the final Head Teacher Award is about this year.  Our honour roll rarely goes to students that have not been in the school since year 7, but this young man who joined the school in year 9 from Afghanistan unable to speak English finished year 9 with flawless speech to all staff about why education is important.  Abdul-Salam Ahmad is a student that has shown all the APS values and we are delighted that he is coming back to our 6th form.

Congratulations to the Year 11 recipients of this year’s School Honours.

In Honour ofAwardWinner 2021
Asma Seghir- Merniz Outstanding Citizen Radha Castellino dominguez
Rosslyn Hudson Literature Award Yohan Mandungu
Mike Terry Science and Maths Award Pierre Mechen
James McDonald Inquiring Mind Award Arun Hamilton McMahon
Courtney Goddard-Gayle Performing Arts Award Lucila Guzik
Jackie Marchant Outstanding progress Evangelina Neophytou
Michael McKenzie Head Teacher Award Abdul-Salam Ahmad

These are our 'Magnificent 7'.

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APS RSE Consultation

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy Consultation

Background

This consultation invites the views of parents and carers on our RSE Policy, which will apply at Alexandra Park School from January 2021, in line with requirements from the Department for Education (DfE).

This consultation has been published on the Alexandra Park School website. Parents and carers are invited to respond to the consultation by following the instructions below.

What’s changed?

In June 2019, the DfE published “Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education” (June 2019). This guidance:

  • Makes it compulsory for all schools to have an RSE Policy and to consult parents and carers in the development of that policy;
  • Sets out the topics that need to be taught to students by the end of secondary schools; and
  • Makes changes to the right of parents or carers to withdraw their child from the elements of sex education that are not taught as part of the compulsory national science curriculum.

What’s stayed the same?

These and other topics are covered in our RSE Policy and RSE Curriculum. The new requirements formalise expectations, but don’t make any significant changes to what we teach our students. The majority of the topics required by the DfE were already taught as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, and in other subjects.

In addition to consulting parents and carers on our RSE Policy, we have met good practice recommendations from the DfE by consulting staff, students and the Board of Trustees in the development of our RSE Policy and Curriculum.

We’ve worked hard to make sure that our RSE curriculum reflects:

  • Our values of equality, inclusion and respect for all students and communities;
  • Our students’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • Our vision of success for all, meeting every students’ learning needs; and
  • What students need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world

How can I give feedback?

The draft RSE Policy is set out in the PDF document linked below.

We welcome your feedback, which you can provide feedback using the form below.  You may also use any of these alternative methods:

By Post

By Phone

FAO Clerk
Alexandra Park School
Bidwell Gardens
London N10 1AF

020 8826 4912

Closing date for submissions is Friday 27 November 2020.

Download the RSE policy

Please provide us with your feedback using the form below.  If you experience any technical issues when submitting the form, you can contact webmaster@alexandrapark.school.

Form now closed

We will consider responses to the consultation received by 27 November 2020 so that our RSE Policy can be approved by the Board of Trustees and published before January 2021.

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