Queens Park Community School

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Queens Park Community School
Queens Park Community School (logo).jpg
Motto QPCS SF.png
Quality, Progress, Creativity and Success
Established 1989
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Mike Hulme
Location Aylestone Avenue
Brent
London
NW6 7BQ
England England Coordinates: 51°32′25″N 0°13′06″W / 51.5404°N 0.2184°W / 51.5404; -0.2184
DfE number 304/5403
DfE URN 138609 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1202
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Website QPCS

Queens Park Community School (commonly abbreviated to QPCS) is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Queen's Park, North West London, in the borough of Brent, England.[1]

Admissions[edit]

There are, as of January 2012, 1202 pupils aged between 11 and 100 on roll who come from a range of backgrounds. QPCS is situated south of the A4003, in Brondesbury Park, about a mile west of Kilburn.

History[edit]

Former schools[edit]

Kilburn Grammar School was founded by the Rev. H. G. Bonavia Hunt in 1897. The former building became the Islamia Primary School on Salusbury Road near Brondesbury Park railway station, which was founded by Yusuf Islam, which opened in 1983.

Merger[edit]

Opened in 1989, Queens Park Community School is the result of an amalgamation of three schools during the 1980s. The three schools that were merged were South Kilburn High School (formally Percy Road School), Aylestone Community School and Brondesbury and Kilburn High (commonly abbreviated to B&K, formerly Kilburn Grammar School). The new school's logo, an image of three trees, represents this union of the three schools. The head teacher chosen to head the new school was Ms Mary Norton. Ms Norton headed the school from its formation through to her retirement from education in 2002.

Queens Park Community School[edit]

Front view of QPCS

The school is located in a relatively middle class area of Brent, but many less affluent communities lie within its catchment area. Initially many parents held back from sending their children to the school but once the school began to achieve results heading towards the national averages, the school became heavily oversubscribed.

The school benefited from a brand new block funded through the millennium National Lottery fund at an estimated cost of £34.3 million. The building of this block involved demolishing one of the existing buildings. The new building was officially opened by Ken Livingstone with a plaque commemorating his visit. The school has been granted specialist school status in Business and Enterprise and also hosts a City Learning Centre (CLC) which contains state of the art ICT and music facilities.

QPCS secured additional funding through the government's Excellence in Cities programme, which provided resources for schools, to provide extended activities and work for gifted and talented pupils.

In March 2012, QPCS applied for Artsmark status - it received the Gold award.

Queens Park Community School converted to academy status on 1 September 2012.

QPCS City Learning Centre[edit]

City Learning Centre QPCS

The QPCS City Learning Centre (CLC), as one of 105 CLCs built by the DfES throughout the country, is a separate centre built in the grounds of Queens Park Community School. It was completed in 2003. The CLC is equipped with a 'cyber centre' including ICT equipment, computer suites, video editing suite and a fully equipped recording studio.

Recently The CLC has developed a specialism in using ICT to support language acquisition for Key Stage 3 children who are new to Brent. The CLC also has an extensive out reach programme which supports learning though ICT in a range of areas at Key Stage 2, including systems and control and modern foreign languages.

Uniform[edit]

Before the school opened, there was a consultation with parents about whether a uniform should be introduced or not. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of a school uniform. The Queens Park Community School uniform was featured in the local press for its unconventional uniform, consisting of a black tracksuit bottom, with a red or black T-shirt featuring the school three trees logo,a red or black polo shirt with the three trees logo in small on the top left hand side, and a black tracksuit jumper. The design of the uniform was intended to be comfortable, attractive, practical, economical and one that students would enjoy wearing. In the academic years of 2012, the school decided to change the uniform, but only the tracksuit bottoms with a more formal tailored trousers.

Tutor group naming[edit]

QPCS uses a lettering system to divide the eight tutor groups in years 7-11. The letters are taken from the full name of the school. For example, year 9 would be the following: 9Q 9N 9P 9K 9C 9Y 9S 9L.

The QPCS sixth form (referred to as years 12 and 13) has fewer tutor groups than the rest of the school, due to having fewer students. Nevertheless, the same naming scheme is used.

Teachers Awards[edit]

QPCS teaching staff that have received recognition in the National Teaching Awards.

  • Sue Wales winner of the Lifetime Achievement Teaching Award for London and the Southeast of England in 2001
  • Alison Hook came second for the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award for London for 2003.
  • Luna Rupchand won Teacher Support of the Year at the ACE Project Diamond Ball Awards in November 2012.

Global Link[edit]

February 2012 - A global link is being developed between QPCS and Kayamandi High School, Stellenbosch in South Africa. This is part of the British Council Global Schools project. The project is a natural extension of QPCS's partnership with the Lexi Cinema who raise funds for the Lynedoch Community in Stellenbosch. The aim is to explore different ways that the two schools can potentially share valuable learning opportunities for the mutual benefit of the two communities.

Notable visits[edit]

At time of visit, Member of Parliament for Brent East. He laid one of the key stones in the new school and also opened the new building.
Mastermind Champion, visiting as former student.
Performance poet through Rap.
British politician, visited twice as a speaker to students.
Secretary of State for International Development, Visited as a speaker to students.
Comedian, Visited for thanking students over money raised for Comic Relief.
Lance Corporal, Visited to tell his story to students.
QPCS had two assemblies, to team up with Universal Music UK Ltd to allow QPCS students to enter the App Factor, a competition to design and develop a music app. Brian Rose (Managing Director, Commercial Division, Universal Music UK) led the assembly explaining how Universal will support the school with advice, workshops, training and great prizes. This was followed by some expert advice from Noam Sohachevsky about how to go about the process of creating an the App Factor.[2] Pixie and Tinchy then came on stage to perform Bright Lights and discuss their views on the App Factor. [3]
  • Anna Bentley, 10 October 2012
GB Olympian Presented awards to students at the QPCS Sports Celebration Evening.

Trivia[edit]

  • QPCS appeared in the background shot of an episode of Smack the pony.
  • QPCS appeared in the 2006 film Stormbreaker during a cut scene of British schools.
  • QPCS appears in the background of the Ready Break & Rowntrees Randoms Adverts.
  • QPCS appears as the base for James Bond in the film Casino Royale in 2007.
  • QPCS was featured on the BBC comedy Show, After You've Gone, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst in the scene where he goes to pick up his very embarrassed daughter (played by Dani Harmer) from school. The show replaces QPCS's uniform with a traditional green school uniform.


QPCS in the media[edit]

This morning with Richard and Judy[edit]

QPCS was featured on This Morning with Richard and Judy for its uniform which was seen as an 'original' idea for a uniform.

Robert Symons[edit]

QPCS was featured in the media in 2004 as the school at which Robert Symons, who left his high paid job to give back to his community, taught as a newly qualified teacher. Robert Symons was murdered in his home in October 2004 defending his family from Yousef Bouhaddaou when Yousef attempted to rob his house.[4]

Classroom Chaos[edit]

QPCS was also one of the six schools featured on the controversial 2005 Channel 5 programme Classroom Chaos in which a retired teacher under the pseudonym 'Sylvia Thomas' returned undercover as a supply teacher after 30 years. Her stated objective was to show the 'chaos' which teachers must deal with in the modern classroom, although it is widely agreed[who?] that the main aim was simply to make a controversial and high rating television programme. With the use of hidden cameras, she filmed chairs being thrown, pupils fighting in class and swearing at teachers and other such behaviour.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Kilburn Grammar School[edit]

Brondesbury and Kilburn High School[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]