Excellent GCSE Results at Alperton Community School

Alperton Community School has produced an excellent set of results at GCSE. This year we have again improved our attainment score in spite of the increased challenge of the new GCSEs.

The results for the most able students were exceptional in the new more demanding GCSEs with 20% of students achieving the top grades (9-7) in English and maths. There were almost 80 grades at 9-7 in the sciences – biology, chemistry and physics. In total, ACS students achieved almost 300 grades at 9-7/A*-A.

ACS students achieved 57 Grade 9 results across the new qualifications, putting them into the top 4% of results in the country.  Students achieved 10 Grade 9 results in English and 9 Grade 9 results in maths. Across the sciences, 15 students achieved the highest possible grade.

The progress students have made from their primary school is excellent.  In the last few years, the school has achieved a huge increase in the percentage of students achieving grade 4 and above equivalent in English and maths. In 2019, 60% of students made better than expected progress in English and over 50% of students made better than expected progress in maths.

Disha Kirticumar was very pleased with Grade 9 in English language, English literature, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, history, geography and Spanish as well as A* in further maths; she said “I am so pleased with my results.  It has been hard work and the teachers have helped me so much.  I am one step closer to achieving my aspirations”.

Chandru Suresh was very pleased with six Grade 9s, four Grade 8s and an A* grade in further maths.  He said “I have worked hard, but the teachers at Alperton really care about you and help you to get the best results”.

Billal Swaleh made exceptional progress since arriving at the school.  He achieved four Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and an A* in further maths, “I would like to thank my teachers – they have helped me achieve so much since I arrived at Alperton.  I am looking forward to studying for my A Levels in the Sixth Form

Gerard McKenna, Headteacher, said “once again, our students have performed exceptionally well at GCSE.  I believe we achieved excellent outcomes because we aspire to provide every student with an outstanding education within a supportive, vibrant and stimulating learning environment.  We have established a strong track record of enabling every student to reach their full academic and personal potential.  I am sure that our results will improve again next year now that our new school building is fully operational, providing our students with the best possible facilities and resources”.

Congratulations to Alperton Community School Class of 2019 on a tremendous set of A Level results

Year 13 Alperton Community School students have again exceeded all expectations with an excellent set of A Level results. With some results yet to come in, ACS students have been awarded 90 A* and A grades, with over 50% of the examinations being awarded A*, A or B grades. As a result, many of our students have been accepted at prestigious Russell Group universities.

We are particularly pleased with continued strong performances in English, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Media. We are especially pleased with the exceptional progress students made in Business Studies, Economics, ICT, Sociology and Psychology.

ICT continued to be a very successful and popular subject with almost all students achieving the highest grades of Distinction and Distinction*(star). The 2019 results are a further improvement on last year’s results which showed Alperton Community School to be higher than the national average.

Special congratulations go to Hamza Ahmadi who achieved A*A*A and will read Medicine at Cambridge University and Balqiis Ali who achieved A*,A,B and will read English at Cambridge University. Other top achievers include Sarvesh Thaleshwar A*A A (reading Aerospace Engineering at Bristol); Mital Ashok A*A*A (reading Maths and Computer Science at Imperial); Dhyan Patel A*AA (reading Economics at LSE); Abdirahman Hassan AAB (reading Electronic Engineering at UCL) and Ayshia Darroux AAB (reading Law at Sussex).

Hamza said “I am really happy with my results and can’t wait to start my medicine course at Cambridge.” Balqiis said “I have really enjoyed studying at Alperton Community School. I really appreciate all the support I have had from all my teachers.” Twelve students achieved at least two A/A* in their A levels which is an outstanding achievement.

Students from Alperton Community School are now represented in the following Russell Group universities: Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Imperial, York, Warwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, University College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary, Sheffield and Southampton.

Gerard McKenna, Headteacher, said “We are very proud of the excellent achievement and progress made by all of our students. We work closely together as a community of staff, students and parents to support every one of our students to meet their aspirational goals. Our students inspire us to continually improve and we have established and maintained an excellent track record of success. It is a real pleasure to work with such talented and committed staff who have created a vibrant and stimulating learning environment for our students. Our oversubscribed school includes world class facilities at our brand new lower school site and we have developed our upper school site to fully support the needs of our Year 11 and Sixth form students.”


Alperton students at the Cricket World Cup match

On Friday 5th July, fourteen excited Y7 and 8 students made their way to Lord’s Cricket Ground to be a part of the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students, as not only were they going to watch the game, they had also been invited to stand with the players on the field during the national anthems. It was exciting to see them standing smart in the new kit they were given and smiling as the cameras scanned across their faces. Most likely they didn’t realise that millions of people would’ve been watching them across the globe on TV!

After the anthems, they were all able to take our seats and enjoying watching the game, getting involved in the chants, the friendly banter between teams, and doing mexican waves. At half time the students had a second chance to be in the limelight as they were taken to the field to play some games in front of the crowd. Some of the students even managed to hit a few balls into the crowd! Overall it was a fantastic day and one which I’m sure the students will never forget.

Authors Annabel Pitcher and Ashley Hickson-Lovence visit Alperton

Alperton was lucky enough to have two authors visiting last week! Poet and author Ashley Hickson-Lovence spoke to Year 12 English students about his journey from Hackney council estate to published author of the novel ‘The 392’. Students got an insight into the publishing process as Ashley took them through the importance of finding the right agent and publisher, as well as fellow authors to support your work.

Now completing his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, he gave students a glimpse of the early stages of his second novel, which focuses on the life of football referee Uriah Rennie. Ashley followed this with a creative writing workshop for 30 lucky Year 7 and 8 students. He performed some of his own spoken-word poetry, and after analysing imagery in a variety of poems, students put pen to paper to write about their home. Those brave enough to present their work shared some stunning, evocative poems.

Later in the week, author Annabel Pitcher spoke to Year 8 students about her book ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’, which they have been reading in form time this year. In a fascinating presentation, Annabel explained how 9/11 and the fallibility of childhood memories had inspired her to write the novel. She answered questions from students about the writing process and the importance of tackling difficult topics such as racism and grief. After her talk, Annabel ran a dynamic creative writing workshop for selected students in which they were challenged to write a horror story with a twist. After acting out a terrifying walk past a bike outside an abandoned house – with sound effects! – students produced some truly chilling openings to their stories.


Excellent Year 5 Taster Days at Alperton Community School

Last week Year 5 pupils from our main feeder primary schools were treated to a variety of activities and lessons as part of our Year 5 Taster Days. All the sessions delivered by Alperton staff were very well received by our year 5 pupils coming from the following primary schools: Oakington Manor, Lyon Park, Barham Primary and Vicar’s Green. We were particularly proud of how well our staff collaborated in order to accommodate the needs of the excited year 5 pupils.

Our students who welcomed the year 5s were a real credit to the school. All the primary staff were impressed and many pupils commented that they would go home and tell their parents that they wish to make Alperton their first choice of secondary school. The highlights of this week was witnessing the smiling faces of every child who left us at the end of their exclusive day. If your child contributed in any way to this week, please congratulate them for being a shining example for the younger pupils and for making us very proud.

Below are a few extracts from the feedback we received from the primary school staff: 

“On behalf of the year 5 children and staff I would like to thank you for yesterday’s taster day. The children all came back with big smiles and couldn’t tell me enough about how much they enjoyed their day.”

 “The staff found it very interesting from a CPD point of view as well which is fantastic.” 

“Thank you for organising such a wonderful day for our children. They all had a wide range of experiences which they can’t stop talking about!”

“The staff at your school were so patient with our children which made them feel less overwhelmed by being in such a big building with big children!”

“The timings were perfect and the choice of subjects and their contents were just right for our children. In addition to this, I was in awe of your children at Alperton and how kind they are when they see visitors.”

“The helpers you had were like little guardian angels in the corridor, quietly assisting us on our way when we got lost!”

“ I really enjoyed my day and can say the same for the rest of the staff too.”

Alperton hosts the Brent Anti-Bullyig Council meeting at our Ealing Road Library

On Tuesday 25 June Alperton hosted the Brent Anti-Bullying Council meeting at our Ealing Road Library. Twenty-five guests came along to the meeting to discuss and share with the rest of the council their most successful methods to tackle bullying in the borough.

This year’s goal of the Brent Student Anti-Bullying Council is to inform schools, children, parents and carers about the collective responsibility we all have to stop bullying – change starts with us!

The meeting was very successful and we hope to host the event again next year since the feedback from the participants was very positive.

Amazing trip to Valencia learning about the Spanish culture

The MFL department is very pleased to have conducted another successful trip to Valencia for the sixth consecutive year. Twenty-seven Alperton students from Year 7 to Year 10 have had the unique opportunity to travel abroad and enjoy 5 memorable days learning about the Spanish language and culture.

During the trip, the students took part in a number of adventurous activities including kayaking, swimming, tree climbing, and a fun splashing competition. The time spent in Valencia has helped the students develop their independence, confidence and their interest to learn more about Spanish culture.

The behaviour of the students was exemplary throughout their stay and was praised by all staff who worked with them at the centre. Most impressive was the way they supported and encouraged each other, especially during activities that some of them found challenging.

Once again this would not have been possible without the effort of the MFL team. Many thanks for their commitment and hard work in organising this amazing trip for our students. Looking forward to another great adventure next year.

Alperton staff attended the TES School Awards ceremony 2019

On Friday 21st June, a number of ACS staff attended the TES Schools Awards ceremony 2019 to support our teacher Kobika Balasingam’s nomination for the ‘New Teacher of the Year’ award. The gala ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane and was hosted by the comedian Harry Hill.

It was a fabulous evening and all ACS staff that participated at the event really enjoyed the experience. A big thank you to everyone supporting Kobika during the ceremony and a special mention to Ms Warwick and Ms Sharma for their instrumental role in Kobika’s nomination.

The evening celebrates the commitment and innovation shown by all the teachers and support staff within the UK across 19 different categories. Ms Balasingham was honoured to be nominated for this award and to take part in the ceremony and said: “It was a privilege to share the evening with the winners and the nominees of the TES Awards. It is truly a remarkable job being a teacher and the evening was a cherishing lifetime moment.”01