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  2. APS Admissions Arrangements 2019-2020
  3. APS Admissions Arrangements 2020-2021
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All admissions to Alexandra Park School are managed by the London Borough of Haringey (LBH) in line with published procedures.  The link below will take you to the relevant details.  Please do not contact us directly: we will only be able to refer you to the LBH.  The school PAN has increased to 232 in 2016.

Haringey Admissions

Postal Address Telephone Email
Haringey School Admissions
Education Services
3rd Floor
River Park House
225 High Road
N22 8HQ
020 8489 1000 schooladmissions@haringey.gov.uk

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

1 Children in Care/Looked After Children

Children who are looked after by a local authority or were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.
A looked after child is a child who is [a] in the care of a local authority; or [b] being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions [see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

2 Social Medical

Children who the authority accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at Alexandra Park Secondary School. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need and demonstrate how Alexandra Park is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child.

3 Brother or Sister

Children with a brother or sister already attending the school in year 7 – 11 and who will still be attending on the date of application. This category includes foster brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters, stepbrothers and sisters or adopted brothers and sisters. Parents should note that in all these cases, the brother or sister must be living at the same address as the child for whom the application is made.

4 Children of members of staff

A staff member is defined as a person who has a permanent contact of employment with the Governing Body of the school at the time of application and qualifies in the following circumstances:

  • The child for whom application is being made is living at the same address as the staff member; and either
    • the member of staff is recruited to a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage; or
    • the member of staff has been employed by the school for three or more years at the time the application for admission is made.

The upper limit on the number of children of staff to be admitted in any one academic year is 16. The tiebreak for the admission of children of staff will be the length of time the member of staff has worked at the school.

5 Distance

Children living closest to the preferred school.

Tie breakers

The tie breaker for criteria other than the children of staff is: children living closest to the school measured in a straight line from the Ordnance Survey address point for the child’s home to the Ordnance Survey address point of the school, calculated using a computerized mapping system. The tiebreak for two or more applications that live exactly the same distance from the school will be random allocation using a computerized system.

Multiple births

If only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple birth, the school will go over the published admission number.

Waiting list

Parent/carers can request that their child be added to the waiting list following an unsuccessful application. The waiting list is maintained by the local authority and is ordered strictly in accordance with the above oversubscription criteria.

Waiting list positions can change at any time depending on other applicants’ circumstances and it is important to note that a child’s position may go down as well as up if other applicants join the waiting list. Being on the waiting list does not guarantee a place at the school.

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

1 Children in Care/Looked After Children

Children who are looked after by a local authority or were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. 

A looked after child is a child who is [a] in the care of a local authority; or [b] being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

2 Social Medical

Children who the authority accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at Alexandra Park Secondary School. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need and demonstrate how Alexandra Park is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child.

3 Brother or Sister

Children with a brother or sister already attending the school in year 7 – 11 and who will still be attending on the date of application. This category includes foster brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters, stepbrothers and sisters or adopted brothers and sisters. Parents should note that in all these cases, the brother or sister must be living at the same address as the child for whom the application is made.

If a place is obtained for an older child using fraudulent information, there will be no sibling connection available to subsequent children from that family.

4 Children of members of staff

A staff member is defined as a person who has a permanent contact of employment with the Governing Body of the school at the time of application and qualifies in the following circumstances:

  • The child for whom application is being made is living at the same address as the staff member; and either
    • the member of staff is recruited to a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage; or
    • the member of staff has been employed by the school for three or more years at the time the application for admission is made.

The upper limit on the number of children of staff to be admitted in any one academic year is 16. The tiebreak for the admission of children of staff will be the length of time the member of staff has worked at the school.

5 Distance

Children living closest to the preferred school.

Tie breakers

The tie breaker for criteria other than the children of staff is: children living closest to the school measured in a straight line from the Ordnance Survey address point for the child’s home to the Ordnance Survey address point of the school, calculated using a computerized mapping system. The tiebreak for two or more applications that live exactly the same distance from the school will be random allocation using a computerized system.

Multiple births

If only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple birth, the school will go over the published admission number.

Waiting list

Parent/carers can request that their child be added to the waiting list following an unsuccessful application. The waiting list is maintained by the local authority and is ordered strictly in accordance with the above oversubscription criteria.

Waiting list positions can change at any time depending on other applicants’ circumstances and it is important to note that a child’s position may go down as well as up if other applicants join the waiting list. Being on the waiting list does not guarantee a place at the school.

Misleading or false information

Under the Trust’s oversubscription criteria, places may be allocated on the basis of the proximity of the child’s permanent home address to the school. The Board of Trustees are concerned that on some occasions the permanent home address given by some applicants may not be genuine, but rather an address of convenience, given for the specific purpose of securing a place at the school. The Board of Trustees wants to ensure that applicants who provide an address of convenience or misleading or fraudulent information do not deprive other children of a rightful place at Alexandra Park School.

An address of convenience is considered to be an address used by a parent/carer solely or mainly in order to gain an advantage in accessing a school place for a child where the address used is not the child’s only or main residence.

We take any attempt to obtain a school place through fraudulent means very seriously. If the Board of Trustees becomes aware that a place was secured for a child at the school on the basis of an address of convenience or misleading or false information, it reserves the right, within the terms of the School Admissions Code, to withdraw the offer of a place or, if the child has already started at the school, to remove the child from the school roll.

We consider that every school place obtained by deception is unfair, as other children are being deliberately denied their legitimate claim to take up that place. We work collaboratively with Haringey Council to carry out rigorous checks to ensure that applications are not fraudulent. We carry out random checks on a number of applications and we reserve the right to carry out home visits to the address used on your application form.

The Board of Trustees will refer the suspected use of an address of convenience to Haringey Local Authority for consideration under the Haringey Address of Convenience Protocol, available online at www.haringey.gov.uk/fraudulent-applications.

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Term Dates 2019-20

Autumn Term 2019
Starts
Ends

Inset Days

  • Monday 2nd September 2019
  • Friday 29th November 2019
  • Monday 23rd March 2020

Public Holidays:

  • Christmas Day
    Wed 25th Dec 2019
  • Boxing Day
    Thur 26th Dec 2019
  • New Year's Day
    Wed 1st Jan 2020
  • Good Friday
    Fri 10th April 2020
  • Easter Monday
    Mon 13th April 2020
  • May Day (VE Day)
    Fri 8th May 2020
  • Spring Bank Hol
    Mon 25th May 2020

Holidays in Term Time

We do not authorise holidays in term time under any circumstances. Can parents / carers please ensure that they do not book holidays or flights before term ends or after term has begun. Every day in school matters.
The school sees the number of requests for time out of school to visit seriously sick elderly relatives rise massively in the last two weeks of July and the first week of September. It is impossible for us to distinguish between a bona fide request and those seeking cheaper flights. A false request is morally wrong, a bad example to set children and is unfair on those who do have a family crisis.

INSET Day Monday 2nd September 2019

Autumn 1

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Friday 18th October 2019

Holiday

Monday 21st October 2019

Friday 25th October 2019

Autumn 2

Monday 28th October 2019

Thursday 19th December 2019

INSET Day Friday 29th November

Holiday

Friday 20th December 2019

Friday 3rd January 2020

     
Spring Term 2020
Starts
Ends

Spring 1

Monday 6th January 2020

Friday 14th February 2020

INSET Day Monday 23rd March 2020

Holiday

Monday 17th February 2020

Friday 21st February 2020

Spring 2

Monday 24th February 2020

Friday 3rd April 2020

Holiday

Monday 6th April 2020

Friday 17th April 2020

     
Summer Term 2020
Starts
Ends

Summer 1

Monday 20th April 2020

Friday 22nd May 2020

Holiday

Monday 25th May 2020

Friday 29th May 2020

Summer 2

Monday 1st June 2020

Friday 17th July 2020

Holiday

Monday 20th July 2020

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Assessment Schedule 2019-20

 Student Progress Day Timing Schedule

Please note that, on Student Progress Days, school finishes at 12.20pm for all students.

Student Progress Day Year Group Staff Timings Location
1 Tuesday 8th October (wk2) 7-13 Tutors / Co tutors 9am – 4pm Form Rooms
2 Tuesday 19th November (wk1) 10 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
3 Wednesday 4th December (wk1) 9 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
4 Wednesday 22nd January (wk2) 11 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
5 Thursday 6th February (wk2) 13 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
6 Wednesday 4th March (wk1) 12 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
7 Tuesday 17th March (wk1) 8 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
8 Thursday 30th April (wk1) 7 Subject Teachers 1:15pm – 7pm Teaching rooms
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Our Values

School is about more than exam results; we educate the whole student.

When we say goodbye to students at the end of their time with us, we hope that they are well-rounded individuals, confident about their futures, with the skills to achieve on their chosen paths.  To ensure this, we actively teach values and characteristics that we believe will help them during their time at school and later in life.

aps values

Further information on the values and how we report on them can be found here.

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Careers Education at Alexandra Park School

Overview

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers          
Careers Assemblies    
Careers Related lesson during National Careers Week
Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days
Register and use startprofile          
One to one career coaching for those making subject choices          
Careers Fair      
Open Evening for Subject choices          
Information on post-school options    
Opportunities to attend university open days        
Opportunities for Work Experience          
Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities            
Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers          
Support with Personal Statements and CVs          
Download the Annual Careers Plan

 

Focus / Activities

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. Throughout the year, and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries.   Work Related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in citizenship lessons.

Key Stage 3

In addition to the above students in Year 8 will take part in a careers themed day and in Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school.  The Year 9 Options process includes an evening for parents, a separate assembly for students and all students have an individual guidance appointment with an independent careers adviser.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in careers themed educational visits.

Key Stage 4

All Year 11 students will have a personal interview with a careers advisor.  There is also a careers guidance ‘clinic’ focussing on interviews for Year 11 students (which is available to students in Year 10 too).  Students in Years 10 and 11 have access to work experience placements where appropriate. 

In addition, we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening for students and parents to prepare student for post-16 progression.  All students in Year 11 receive two personal Information, Advice and Guidance Appointments with senior staff and the sixth form team to discuss their options for post-16 study.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers.  In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from varied employment areas are invited into school to present to and meet with students.   All students in Year 12 will have a personal interview with a careers advisor and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.  

Once examinations have been completed in June of Year 12 the enrichment programme focusses almost entirely upon preparing for progression with a particular (but not exclusive) focus upon university applications.  Support includes a Higher Education Evening for parents, visits to universities and the opportunity to attend briefings / Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and subject experts from City University, KCL, LSE and Oxbridge and UCL which are arranged in school.  Many students also participate in preparatory programmes organised by top universities for specific subject areas for example LSE Choice Pathways to Law, Target Medicine and The Brilliant Club.

Resources

General careers advice including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications

https://www.mykindafuture.com/
http://www.prospects.ac.uk
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Work experience

http://www.work-experience.org/
http://www.my-work-experience.com

Apprenticeships

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/OptionsAt16/DG_4001327

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/
http://www.gapyeardirectory.co.uk/

Year in Industry / Headstart

http://www.etrust.org.uk/

For further information, please contact the APS Careers Leader Tony Cummisky on 020 8826 5011  or email tcummisky@alexandrapark.school 

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