How does one judge a school? It seems a hot topic at the moment.

Surely not by its Year 7 students. At this stage, schools will not have had time to work their magic. Definitely not its Year 9. In fact especially not Year 9 with their concoction of hormones and swirling moods. Judge a school by the year groups that are reaching transition stages. Year 11, the almost finished article and Year 13, as they move onto pastures new. On both fronts, our students come up trumps.

Public exams are back and our Year 13 are sitting their first public exams in 7 years. Yes, 7 years. One student quipped with me last week how relieved he was that he ‘won’t be off to Oxford with just Year 6 SATs to his name”. The vast majority are well prepared and we expect another impressive summer for them. In 2021, 9 out of 10 students got into their first choice University.

Our Year 11 students graduated last week and under the supportive and loving stewardship of Mr Richardson and a team of dedicated tutors, they have blossomed into a thoroughly fantastic cohort. They are organised, hardworking and resilient. They are smart, creative and funny. Above all they are empathetic, compassionate and kind. I could not be more proud of them.

As one might expect, the graduation event went smoothly with some star performances from the likes of Sarai Onyeanusi, Daniel Davis, Lucie Weston, Anna Bauss, Anya Gulhane and Chloe Needham Potts. The Head Students, Elsie Hunter Rawlings and Hafsa Hassan shamed us all with the quality of their speech. Well done to all of our Year 11 and good luck in your exams. I look forward to welcoming you back for sixth form studies in September.

A special mention to the students that made it onto the Alexandra Park School Roll of Honour. They are listed in the newsletter, downloadable from below.

Both year groups have faced their own challenges through their time at APS and I would be happy for the school to be judged on the articulate, intelligent individuals they have grown up to be.

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