APS News

London Winner of 'Performing Shakespeare'

Well done to Amy and Louisa, who made it through to the London finals of the Performing Shakespeare Competition.  Extra congratulations are in order for Flo, whose performance of a Lady Macbeth soliloquy was judged the overall winner out of 40 students from across London.

Flo will now represent APS at the UK national FInals at The Gielgud Theatre on 8th March.  Watch this space!


If we may be permitted to blow our own trumpet...

It's official.  The Department for Education 2015 performance data positions Alexandra Park School at the top of the local league tables.  The attainment, progress and value added data for students studying GCSE, vocational and A-level courses places the school ahead of all but the selective schools in North London.


Living up to their laurels

Year 11 students Chris, Max, Milo and Kuba (left to right) have been hailed by members of the local community after their exceptional work in looking after a lady in Bounds Green who had suffered a head injury. Kuba, who recently earned first place in the London first aid challenge, and his friends were the first to respond when they saw her whilst walking home from school.

The boys administered first aid, stayed with her for over an hour, tried to get an ambulance which was delayed, went to a local GP surgery for help and eventually escorted her to hospital. Several adults stopped to offer their assistance but quickly realised that the boys had the situation under control. People who saw the incident have contacted the school to express their appreciation and praise for the boys’ actions. Thank you, gentlemen.


Congratulations to Blessing on winning a "BAFTA"

Blessing entered a national film making competition and won.  She was presented with a prestigious award at the BAFTA offices on Picadilly in December.

Blessing, a Year 11 pupil who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, entered the national competition to highlight the issues faced by young people who suffer from diabetes.  Her film titled 'Diabetes doesn't have me, I have diabetes' debunks some of the misconceptions about diabetes.  It was selected as the People's Choice winner.

all finalists


Sponsored Winter Camp-Out

Sponsored Winter Camp-Out for Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

Finally, you may have heard that 20 courageous Year 8s spent the final night of term camping out to raise money for North London’s refugees and migrants. The students spent two hours taking part in drama activities designed to give them an insight into the experiences of a refugee. They were blindfolded, separated from their 'families', made to fill in complex forms and yelled at by border guards. Finally, they were rewarded with mince pies and hot chocolate before spending a surprisingly warm December night in their tents.

The students were interviewed for BBC Radio London and BBC Newsround as well as The Tottenham Journal. So keep an eye and ear out!

The students were hugely impressive throughout and have raised close to their target of £1000. If you would like to pledge a donation for this local charity - The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, please email cbonhamcarter@alexandrapark.school and he will catch up with you next term.

The Islington Centre is a local charity that offers support and guidance to people in this situation and it has been really heart-warming to see so many Year 8s throwing themselves into raising money for this project.

Finally, it has been a great pleasure leading Year 8 this autumn term and I wish everyone connected with it a very happy Christmas!

Listen to the BBC news report

Read the full article on Tottenham Independent


Badminton 4 Macmillan fundraiser

aps macmillanAlexandra Park badminton club signed up for Badminton England's Badminton 4 Macmillan fundraiser and now we are the verge of reaching £5000  - there is just £52 needed to get there. With a few outstanding pledges still to be paid in, I'm sure we will reach £5k very soon.

Alexandra Park badminton club has well over 100 members, who play in 6 different groups every week. The fundraising has been a whole club  effort and shows what can be achieved when individuals get behind a great cause - it has been a real team effort.

Before the event started all the players joined in a Macmillan presentation outlining the work that Macmillan do. The players demonstrated a great deal of empathy and came up with some good ideas as to how to support a friend or family member on their cancer journey.

02The Badminton 4 Macmillan event ran from 23-29 November. During that week 169 different people came into the club to play. This huge number included the members, staff, parents, younger siblings, Ace badminton club and Andy's badminton group plus some APS leavers. We even had a media event with a green screen and two professional photographers.

Events included a sponsored longest rally challenge - the record number of shots was set at an amazing 235 in a row without a mistake. 

Mr Felfeli demonstrated that he was indeed a champion of his primary school. Mr Bhuhobaun played with his bad knee and the PE staff were there in force, Ms Nash, Mr Butler and Ms Bowden. Donald was pretty good as well. However, everyone struggled in the one-eyed badminton challenge.

Everyone who donated will shortly be part of a giant collective Macmillan support poster which will be permanently displayed in the Sports Hall.

04Thanks to all the bakers, badge makers, form fillers, poster makers, parents and volunteers throughout the year that help make this club great:

  • Mia Stead
  • Veronica Casey Fierro
  • Matthew Riley
  • Jamie Toeg
  • Ted Proctor

And a special thanks to all the APS coaches who get up early every week to coach the younger players:

  • Eve Bramley
  • Archie Thomson
  • Will Henderson

Also congratulations to 2 APS leavers who are now qualified L2 coaches and still come and help coach at the club:

  • Jaimus Tailor
  • Angus Pedersen

The club is only as good as it's coaches and we are so lucky to have top players for our coaches:

  • Joel Gayle
  • Dipak Tailor

And lastly a special thank you to Macmillan volunteer Melanie Battcock who helped deliver the Macmillan presentations, sell cakes, collect sponsor forms and lots more.

I have been absolutely amazed by everyone's generosity, messages of support and cannot believe how much money has been raised for Macmillan.

Thank you, this has been an empowering and a truly remarkable experience and utterly worth all the effort.

Judith Pedersen


APS Sports Success

There have been a number of APS sports success stories over the last couple of weeks.

Cross Country

13 APS students, from years 7 through to 10, competed in the Haringey cross country competition on 27th November.  Congratulations to everyone that took part:

  • Issac - 7S
  • Monty - 7L
  • Trinity - 7K
  • Hanna - 7A
  • Harry - 8S
  • Maya - 8K
  • Flo - 8X
  • Nina - 9R
  • Ned - 9L
  • Monica - 9E
  • Angel MG - 10K
  • Freddy - 10L
  • Jessie - 10X

A special mention goes to Monty, Angel and Freddy who all won their respective races.


We also wish to congratulate the following students from years 10 and 9, who are now the Haringey volleyball champions.  They will now go on to represent the borough in the North London schools tournament in February.

  • Natalia - Y10
  • Phoebe - Y9
  • Eva - Y9
  • Ruby - Y9

APS is officially 'World Class'

I am delighted to write to you about the fantastic news that we have been recognised for what we already know about APS - that we are 'World Class'.

The World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) has named Alexandra Park School to have successfully completed the accreditation process to be awarded the status 'World Class'.

WCSQM has awarded the mark to 18 state secondary schools from around the country. We have demonstrated that we far exceed the highest Ofsted inspection grade, and have successfully undertaken the rigorous WCSQM assessment process to demonstrate that we are a class apart.

The WCSQM process required us to provide students capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of our application. APS had to exceed a challenging threshold in Key Stage 4 performance before being invited to participate.  APS students then developed a compelling case for approval through detailed auditing of the school's capabilities, video submissions in support of our application, and participation in an assessment centre event, at which student performances were assessed against a rigorous framework.

Announcing the awards, Miranda Perry, co-director of WCSQM said:

The Mark is about recognising how well the top secondary schools in the country prepare their students to thrive in the 21st century. We are confident that our awarded schools provide their students with the best life chances possible.

The official award ceremony took place on 12th November in central London, with Professor John Mullan, head of English at University College London officiating.  Khanyiso Mtwana, Sam Redfearn and Filmon Simon received the award on behalf of our school community.

Congratulations to us all!!

Read more about World Class Schools at http://www.worldclass-schools.org

Free novella from APS patron of reading Sam Enthoven

Alexandra Park School's patron of reading, Sam Enthoven, has written a novella which he will be allowing students to read for free online from Friday.

The novella is called 'The Fail' and will be published episodically, a chapter each week, to his website.  The first chapter will be published on Friday 16th October 2015.

Link to 'The Fail' by Sam Enthoven. first chapter published 26/10/2015

Who is Sam Enthoven?

With his rollicking 2006 debut THE BLACK TATTOO, Sam Enthoven fulfilled his dream to become an internationally published author of fantastical action thrillers for young people. Since then he's been touring schools and libraries in his native Britain, inspiring hundreds of budding readers with his passion and enthusiasm. TIM, DEFENDER OF THE EARTH is his second book – or as he modestly puts it, 'Phase Two of my sinister masterplan to conquer the universe!'


APS students win first aid competition

Congratulations to students from Alexandra Park School who won the St John's Ambulance London Region schools first aid competition, beating teams from all over London.

They have now been invited to the national final in Gloucester on Saturday 24th October.

A special mention goes to Kuba, who received an award for Best First Aider at the competition.