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International Excellence

At the end of last year, Alexandra Park School, London (hub school for the Ogden Haringey, Enfield & Barnet Partnership) found themselves scoring better in the international Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) than even top performers like Singapore.

Overall the ranking showed UK 15-year-olds were well behind the leaders when it came to maths, science and reading – but a handful of UK schools bucked the trend, including Alexandra Park School.

The average score for Singapore pupils was 535 points, according to PISA, with pupils in England averaging 500 points. But Alexandra Park pupils scored an average of 564 points, according to PISA data, which can be found on the APS website.

Headteacher Mr Michael McKenzie is a great advocate of the Partnership programme and the positive impact that it has on science at his school and indeed across the country. “Throughout the time we have been involved with and supported by the Trust, we have seen an incremental rise year on year in the numbers of our students opting for GCSE physics and progressing subsequently to A-level physics. It is heartening that these numbers include both female and male students. Progression to undergraduate physics courses has risen simultaneously. Within our partnership schools the impact and value of the Trust’s specialist and objective input has been demonstrable and welcomed.”

You can see  the PISA statistics and a film about the school's success on the APS website.

You can read the full BBC story here.