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Quiz Club National Inter-school Competition
On Wednesday 29th January, our Year 5 and 6 Science Quiz Teams went to the Science Museum IMAX theatre to represent Alpha at the regional heats of the National Inter-School Science Quiz Club Competition. The IMAX theatre has one of the biggest cinema screens in Europe so there were no complaints about not being able to see the board! The questions on the day ranged from microscopic life to the stars in galaxies far, far away and they reminded us of the pressure of the contestants on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ Both Alpha Teams did fantastically well.
The ‘Great Glasses Group’ which consisting of Khiya, Morayo, Vedika and Siddharth, scored 1555 points, beating Haberdashers’ Team 2, Balgowan, Danes Hill, Northcote Lodge , Cheam Fields, Kerem School, Russell House Team 2 , Green Street, Alleyn’s Team 2, Northcote Lodge, Hornsby House and Belmont School.
The ‘Super Serious Scientist' group consisting of Rian, Advait, George and Arjun B, scored 1935 points, beating all of the above and Merchant Taylors’, Haberdashers’ Team 1, Glendower School, Hornsby House, Ibstock Place, Alleyn's, Gayhurst, Homefield Prep, Robin Junior, Farringtons, The Hall Team 2 and Breaside Prep School.
The children enjoyed the quiz and we hope to have scored high enough to qualify for the finals later this year.
Quiz Club National SCIENCE Finals
2019 – 2020
Alpha Preparatory School:
THIRD PLACE IN THE UK!
In the summer term, one of our Science teams reached the finals of the National Science Quiz. To achieve a place in the finals was a tremendous achievement in itself, as we had not managed to get into the finals for a number of years. Due to Lockdown, unfortunately the event was postponed until this term, meaning some students from our previous Year 6 team have left the school. However, one participant, who is now a student in Year 7 at QE Boys School, managed to come back to Alpha for the afternoon to compete in the event.
During the quiz, the team got off to a rocky start! However, they managed to work together, persevere and they managed to get some very difficult scientific questions correct. At the end of the quiz, we did not know in which position we stood, as the judges had to total the scores and would announce the top 10 teams at a later time. Our team were not expecting to score highly, as we knew we did get some questions wrong at the start.
It came as quite a shock when the results were announced with 'Alpha Preparatory School' coming in 3rd place overall with 1560 points. We were over Moon upon hearing this result – there were 442 teams (1768 children) from 308 schools who entered the competition and 44 school finalists.
We would like to congratulate the team members for all their hard work and perseverance in the finals. We are incredibly proud of them!
ISI Inspection Reports
The school underwent a Regulatory Compliance Inspection in November 2019 and all standards were met. You can read the report below:
Form our inspection in November 2016, you will see that the school was awarded the highest grading of Excellent in both sections of the Educational Quality Report (The Quality of Pupils’ Academic and Other Achievements and The Quality of Pupils’ Personal Development).
The Focused Compliance Report confirms that the school is also compliant with all of the required regulations and standards.
The Sunday Times Top UK Preparatory Schools List 2018/2019
We were delighted to once again feature in the The Sunday Times Parent Power list of the top 100 Preparatory Schools in the UK. This list is based on the results of national testing at the end of Key Stage 2 in the core areas of English and Mathematics. This is the ninth successive year that Alpha Preparatory School has been included in this list and this year we placed in 12th position. Of course, there is more to any good school than just academic results, but it is good to receive this external validation of the high academic standards that the school strives to promote.
Date Posted: Thursday 19 Jan 2017
This study is commissioned by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement and is carried out every four years with the aim of giving each country an insight into their comparative performance in the key areas of mathematics and science over time. Schools are selected at random and for this last study, Alpha Preparatory School was selected and our Year 5 pupils at the time sat the international assessment tests in maths and science in the Lent Term 2015. Governments are interested in the bigger picture and it is the aggregated national data that is published. However, as a reward for taking part, schools are provided with their own report highlighting how their pupils performed in both the national and international landscape.
The results are stunning, with our pupils outperforming schools in the top performing countries, such as Singapore. Tables from the report, show a very high comparative percentage of our pupils reaching the high and advanced international benchmark in both maths and science. These are findings of which the whole school community can be justly proud.