The school has very high academic standards. For example, an excerpt from our Quality of Education (ISI) Inspection in 2016 stated:
"Pupils’ overall results in national tests for English, mathematics and science at age 11 were high for their abilities and far above the national average for all maintained primary schools" ISI Inspection Every year, Alpha pupils are welcomed into some of the country’s top independent and grammar schools. Among the most popular independent schools for our leavers are Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Merchant Taylors’, St. Helen’s, Northwood College and John Lyon. Many pupils are successful in applying to top grammar schools such as Queen Elizabeth Boys’ School Barnet, Watford Grammar and Henrietta Barnet.
Progression through the School
When children join us at the age of four, they have a class teacher and a permanent classroom assistant. However, they also receive specialist tuition in Physical Education, French, Music and Drama, and they have fun movement lessons (which are called Action Kids), Art and cooking. Oh, and by the way, you’ll be expected to eat what they bring home!
In Year 1, this specialist tuition extends to include subjects such as CDT and Computing.
By Year 3, they are being taught Science in the laboratory and they are going to Games every Tuesday afternoon at our impressive sports ground in Ruislip.
By the time the children reach Year 5, it is all subject-based teaching, in preparation for those all-important 11+ examinations.
The first term in Year 6 tends to focus on revision and examination technique, before the children take their entrance exams in January. Once those exams are out of the way, we broaden the curriculum and have a chance to explore a range of topics. We also spend a week at an outdoor activity camp on the Isle of Wight.
There are PSHEE lessons for all of the children and everyone in years 3-6 does a life skills course during the summer term. This teaches children about matters such as road safety, personal hygiene or money management.
We also prepare selective year groups for English Speaking Board examinations.
The school broadly follows the National Curriculum, but we are not bound to do so, and quite often we will go beyond the scope of the National Curriculum.
At Alpha, we have a deliberate and well-developed policy of inclusion, which means that every child has a go at everything. In action, this means that all of our pupils perform for their parents at Speech Day and for our Christmas Concert. It means that all of our senior pupils have some post of responsibility (such as Prefect in a specific area, House Captain or Librarian) and it means that every pupil has access to all areas of the curriculum.