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Blackheath High School GDST

Blackheath High School GDST

Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath, London, SE3 7AG

020 8853 2929



Blackheath High School GDST
School type Girls' Day
Founded 1880
Head Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson
Date Appointed 2014
Girls Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 780
Senior School (11-18) £5,094 per term
Junior Department £4,191 per term
Nursery £3,262 per term
Average Class Size 21
Associations GDST,GSA,IAPS

Blackheath High School (which opened in 1880) is a selective, independent day school for girls aged 3-18.

Situated in Blackheath, South East London, it is a member of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and a registered charity (no. 306983) aimed to advance the education of girls and young women.

Rated 'excellent' in the latest ISI inspection, academic success is at the heart of what is offered at Blackheath High School. Fuelled by our aspirational culture, students make exceptional progress, with excellent public examination results and a range of ambitious and interesting university destinations. This is achieved through the provision of an innovative and interesting curriculum that challenges and inspires students and nurtures a love of learning. Alongside our core curriculum there are unique opportunities such as Astronomy GCSE at the Planetarium and our bespoke academic enrichment programme: The Wollstonecraft. Optional courses are designed to engage and inspire, covering topics as diverse as: the culture and history of Tibet; an introduction to architecture and designing a radio programme for Radio 4 Women’s hour. Within the core curriculum, girls are able to choose two languages from Mandarin, German, French and Spanish and study these all through to year 13 and great value is placed upon the girls broadening their horizons beyond the school with a range of exciting trips and work experience opportunities. A strong focus on science and technology subjects ensures that our students defy the national trends in terms of numbers of girls applying for science and technology subjects. Strong role models and a curriculum that is well supported by the latest technology, including iPads, digital radio stations and 3D printing, inspire ever-growing numbers of girls to pursue ambitions related to computing, science and design. This is a school where girls are encouraged to discover their passions and teachers support and challenge girls in pursuing their aims.

Fortunately situated in-between beautiful Greenwich Park and stunning Blackheath, our school is located over three sites: separate Junior and Senior Schools and a dedicated sporting facility in Kidbrooke Grove that enables us to ring-fence curriculum time for the girls' sporting activity. With a multi-million pound investment in our Senior School facilities this year, the opportunities available to the girls will continue to grow. A dedicated sixth form centre is being added to our historic Senior School site and a state-of-the-art library, creative arts centre, science labs and entrance building will enhance the opportunities already on offer through our theatre, dance and drama studios, language lab, science suite and teaching rooms.

Our students benefit from a long-established harmonious and diverse school community. Teachers pride themselves on their superb knowledge of the girls and the positive relationships that are fostered in the school. This is a community where older girls mix readily with younger and the atmosphere of open-mindedness and tolerance is genuine and tangible. These excellent relationships are founded upon the staff’s willingness and desire to provide a superb and wide-ranging extra-curricular programme. From overseas trips to exotic destinations like Peru and Beijing, to clubs designed to appeal to every girl, like 'crochet collective', 'Samba Band' or 'Iron Woman running club', the extra-curricular programme builds vital life-skills and cements positive and productive relationships. Our strong focus on 'girls first' as part of our founding mission, ensures that this is a school where girls take pride in their talents and ability and there is no truck with gender stereotypes.

As described in the ISI report, the school provides an educational experience that is "stimulating and extraordinarily supportive, conducive to the highest standards of teaching and learning".