APS News

Meet our 'Slambassadors'

13 students from our Spoken Word group recently submitted entries for the national poetry competition 'Slambassadors'.  We are pleased to say that all 13 have been shortlisted.  Only 30 entries from 900 were shortlisted, meaning that OVER 40% of all shortlisted entries were from APS.

Congratulations are in order for the whole Spoken Word group.  Three of the entries can be viewed below


Calling all ex-APS students and teachers

Message from Sharon Hutchinson (Alumni Coordinator)

Calling all ex-APS students and teachers, or 'Old A.Ps' as we know you.

A day doesn't go by without us reflecting on your time here or the impact you made or the changes that have taken place.

"Remember back in the day!"

The school is now 18 years old!  We think it's time to establish our Alumni and see if we can connect staff and students, in order to grow our Alumni group.

Please take a minute and fill in a few details below so that I can keep you updated with upcoming news and events, including possible reunions.

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Week in Sport Summer Term Featured

Morning 7.40am – 8.40am - Team Training






Year 9/10 Football

Year 9/10 Netball

Year 8 Football

Year 7/8 Netball

Year 7 Football

LUNCH 1.25pm – 1.55pm






- Small Gym
Football Year 9
- Astro

- Sports Hall
Football Year 7
- Astro

Table Tennis/Badminton
- Sports Hall
Football Year 8
- Astro

- Small Gym
Football Girls only
- Astro

Sixth Form Basketball/Table Tennis
- Sports Hall
Football Year 10

- Astro

AFTER SCHOOL 3.20pm-4.20pm








Basketball Y8/9

Football Y7 

Year 9 & 10 Rounders


Netball Y7/8 


Football Y9

Year 7 & 8 Rounders



Basketball Sixth Form

Athletics (All Years)

 Gaelic Football (All Years)



Football Y7

Football Y8



Basketball Sixth Form


Fitness KS3 (All Years)


APS Student wins George Orwell Youth Prize!

Congratulations to Celia Bergin (10E) for winning this prestigious award at Pembroke College, Oxford.  In addition, two other APS students, Arthur Attenborough (12P) and Elvina Chidley (10K) were awarded "highly commended" certificates.  Schools from across the country take part in this competition which rewards "political writing of outstanding quality".  To have three winners out of the hundreds of entries is a wonderful reflection of our students' engagement and clarity of expression.


Congratulations to Drama Students

Congratulations to our GCSE and AS Level Drama students for their performances to external examiners throughout May.  A range of challenging topics were handled sensitively and professionally by all.  The audiences were drawn into each story by the characters with strong impact created by well-crafted scenes and interesting characterisation.  The commitment to hours of learning lines and rehearsing at lunch time and after school paid off – well done for your collaboration and imaginative approach to the range of texts!  Videos are now available on Moodle for you to view with family and friends.

Ms Vlad and Mr Deer

Direct link to Year 12 Drama Course on Moodle (you must be enrolled on the course to view the videos)


Parents in Mind - Peer support project

Haringey have launched a new service, "Parents in Mind"; a project dedicated to working with parents / carers of young people in Haringey whose young people are experiencing emotional or mental health problems.  In this project, they will be:

  • Running x3 parent peer support groups throughout the year
  • Providing a structured 12 week peer support group
  • Providing information about mental health
  • Offering support, guidance & advice
  • Providing an opportunity for parents to lead and facilitate

Please download the flyer and application form from below for more information and to register an interest in these sessions.

Download the flyer

Download the registration form


KS3 DT Science Week Competition Winners

Congratulations to Isadora (Y7), George (Y8) and Ted (Y9) who were the winners of DT's Science Week competition.

Below you can view their work, as well as a comment on their design/s.

Titled 'flight of words' pen inspired by the shape of a bird's body - this is a multi- functioned pen. It provides comfortable handwriting assistance, spelling assistance and ability to choose different colours. We especially liked the concept of WIFI spelling assistance. This would allow a Year 7 students to self-check their own work, which the pen achieves by learning your handwriting style, crosschecking your spelling and flashing to alert you that you have  made a mistake. This promotes self regulation and independence in students of all abilities. We felt this pen, whilst technologically advanced, is commercially viable and we could imagine this being available for use in schools within the next few years!Isadora, 7S

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The 'stay active hose' enables Martha (our 76 year old target user) and other people with arthritis to enjoy gardening without having to use their painful fingers to grip a hose. This is a beautifully simple design which uses forearm support to 'attach' the hose to the body without the need for grip - this is what stood this design apart from many of the other competitors who used the 'assisted grip' concept. It also had voice activated controls so that one wouldn't have to use their free hand to press buttons to start and stop the flow of water whilst out and about in the garden. The stay active hose also comes with a large faucet handle so that the mains water can be turned on and off with ease.George, 7S

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This entry was a great combination of technical understanding and intuitive design. We felt that the underground/ over ground design fitted in perfectly with the theme/environment. Ted produced a technical drawing, a 3D CAD model and an architectural blueprint, all showing his ability to cater for the complex needs of the early Martian settlers. We particularly liked the renewable resources such as the O.W.E.D (oxygen and water extraction device) which utilises the habitat's greenhouse as a self sustaining supply system, the 'geothermal generator' which uses the heat from the planets crust to generate energy, and the solar panel to capture the solar rays. Ted, 9e

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"The City and the Girl"

Drive and creativity are at the heart of the media studies department at Alexandra Park School. No one characterizes this better than Josh Barnett, former student and current media technician. Over the Easter holidays, when other staff and pupils were slumbering in their beds Josh roused a group of current and former students to take part in the 48 hour film challenge. On Saturday morning a brief was released by the organising body, Sci-Fi-London (organisers of the London Science Fiction Film Festival). Josh and his team had already been hard at work for an hour setting up kit and preparing costumes when I wandered in to school at 9am. Realising that I was unnecessary I sloped off home. Josh and his crew, Sam Redfearn, Oke Oluku, Josh Syratt, Bryn Barton, Filmon Simon, Seza Shevket (current students) and  Sian Dorman, Sam Toller, Jaimus Tailor, Chris Cheng and David Marcillo Coronaldo (former students) readied themselves to write, shoot, score, edit and create computer graphics for their film in less than two days.

The film is set in a post-apocalyptic London (thanks Chris for getting up at 5am on Sunday morning to shoot those shots!) and explores a morning in the life of a man and the young girl he finds himself responsible for. It features an amazing costume created by talented designer Sian Dorman (who we are currently lucky to have working as our technician in Design and Technology), cinematography from Sam Redfearn, computer graphics by Filmon Simon, a score written in one afternoon by Bryn Barton and sound by Josh Syratt and Oke Oluku.

It’s a delight to work with such talented and committed young people. It’s even more of a delight when you they do it all themselves, unprompted and with such dedication, enthusiasm and skill. You can view the full video below.


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.