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Engineers of the future hosted at APS

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It was a true privilege to watch our engineering pathways day unfold. The idea behind the day was to gather engineers from every stage of their careers and provide a shared space to allow free flowing conversation to inspire our next generation of STEM experts. The Royal Academy of Engineering Connecting STEM Teachers Network North London (what a mouthful!) would like to extend a massive thank you to the STEM ambassadors Kingsley Ohuka (Mclaren), Imani Morgan (Sky), and Michael Pozzi (Institute of Mechanical Engineers), for being so honest, inspiring, and forthright with their journeys through engineering. We are extremely grateful to the UK Electronic Skills Foundation for sending along Nandni Jamnadas (Royal Holloway University of London), Otis Lee (University of Bristol), and Marcus Corbin (University of Southampton), whose rich knowledge of all things electronics and programming allowed the students to reach their full potential.

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The students from Hornsey School for Girls, Oasis Academy Hadley, City of London Academy Highgate Hill, Woodside High School, and Alexandra Park School, impressed everyone on the day. The true joy of engineering is seeing the wide way in which people can find problems, create solutions, and systematically improve their design based on feedback. We hope that each of the teams will develop their projects further and share the videos they create of their progress. Well done all and we look forward to running a similar event next year.

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Planet hunting with Python

Introduction and aim of our project

The Kepler telescope was first launched in March 2009 and spent 4 years collecting data from more than 150,000 stars. 4717 exoplanet candidates have been discovered from various solar systems. Our aim is to design an algorithm using Python to find exoplanets using raw data of light intensity from distant stars.

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Concept

When a planet transits the star it orbits, the observed intensity of light from the star drops by a small amount. We can use this data to not just find but also calculate the orbits of exoplanets in distant solar systems.

The process of discovering these planets is not as complicated as some may expect. If the Kepler telescope is continuously focused on one region in space, you gain information regarding the transit of these planets in relation to their stars. The telescope detects the luminosity of these stars. When a planet passes in front of its star, this luminosity will decrease, as the intensity of light shining onto the lens of the telescope decreases. Since the planets orbit their star repeatedly, we can expect to see a periodic dimming of the stars, thus giving us information regarding the orbital period and the size of these exoplanets.

For geometric reasons, most planetary orbits around distant stars do not line up perfectly with the telescope's line of sight. For a randomly oriented orbit, the probability of observing the transit is about 1%, so for this reason we want the telescope to monitor as many stars as possible(150,000 for the duration of the mission), leaving us with the discovery of 4717 exoplanets candidates, of which 2303 have been confirmed to be genuine exoplanets.

Download the PDF of Planet Hunting project

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Fourth Plinth School Awards 2022

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The story behind the Art:

Message from our winner Ava:

'Key workers of London, 2022,
My artwork features a Doctor, Teacher, Policeman and a Cashier worker in Front of a marbled background.
I created this outcome to celebrate the tremendous work and dedication of the front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are the true heroes.'

Hard work Pays Off!

KS3 Art + Textiles students attended weekly workshops after school to create compositions for the national Gallery 4th Plinth - School's Award. these compositions focused on illustrating the student's interpretations of the theme: LONDON.

Ava's artwork 'Key Workers of london' was shortlisted by the National Gallery for a borough award. Mr Mackenzie and the Art Department would like to congratulate Ava and the remaining artist's who all submitted fantastic works of art for this competition!

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World Facts Competition!

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Represent your year group!

LIVE Questions and QUIZ style rounds

All during lunchtime hours

One pre-games meeting with lunch provided for players and reserves!

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Next half term, four-year groups will compete for the first places in the APS world fact competition:
Yr7 vs Yr8                   Yr9 vs Yr10.
7v8 & 9v10 Winners in the Grand Final

Instructions:

Each form will do their own player selection. Form tutors, please go to the link below and add the names of:

-    1 student as the main player.
-    1 student as reserve player. 

There will be an audience – details announced after half-term
Add name here

Deadline: 11th February – the end of this half term.

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Rolls Royce Science Prize – Finalists!

We were extremely proud to partake in the award ceremony for the Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology. Over the past 2 years Mr Marshall, Mr Adams, Ms Harrold, Ms Pearl, Mr Hammond, and Joe Hart (industry VR expert) have been introducing Virtual Reality (VR) to Y10 and Y12 students.

Our Y10 students had the opportunity to take VR headsets home in order to investigate the potential for VR to be used as a substitute for computer based remote learning. They joined Mr Marshall and Mr Adams on the surface of the moon to complete a lesson on Newton’s Laws. They also visited Antarctica with their families to learn about biological conservation in the region. The Y12 product design students used VR to help with their architectural design project. Traditionally they make small models of bus stops which meet local needs in the community. Ms Harrold and Ms Pearl led their classes through using VR to help iteratively design their bus shelters and then view them in true 1:1 scale. Being able to walk around your final design is a completely different experience to a desktop model which confers huge benefits in making improvements.

We have received £6,000 of funding from Rolls-Royce and have used this to purchase VR equipment – we hope to continue to use this equipment over the coming years. Additionally, if there is any expertise in our parent community that would like to support the continuation of this project – please get in touch with Mr Marshall.

We would like to thank Satpaul Sall, our mentor from Rolls-Royce, and Debbie Duro, who organises the competition, for their support throughout the past two years. A rich experience for students, staff, and families, and one which will hopefully shape the future of education.

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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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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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Alexandra Park School Prospectus 2021

Please download an interactive version of our prospectus from below:

This interactive version includes videos.  For the best experience, please open with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC which is free to download from the Adobe website.

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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:

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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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