Blackheath High

Blackheath High
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Blackheath High School GDST, Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath, London SE3 7AG
London – Inner (London postal codes)
020 8853 2929
668, Upper sixth 40
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Opened in 1880, it was the first purpose-built school in the Girls’ Day School Trust. In 1994 the senior school moved to new premises, which consist of a mixture of new and historic buildings with many excellent facilities including a multi-media resource centre and a 345-seat theatre. The junior school is situated in south east London, close to Greenwich Park and the Heath itself. Pupils are drawn from a wide catchment area. The school aims to nurture an enjoyment of learning, to foster an ethos which produces confident, responsible young women and to provide opportunities for every girl to fulfil her potential. A broad and challenging general education is provided and examination results are very good. Music is strong and the art and design department has excellent facilities. Drama is also well supported, with school plays and drama competitions. A range of sports and games are very well catered for and high standards are achieved in netball. A variety of clubs and activities are designed to foster well-being. There is keen involvment in charity work and local community schemes. Ample use is made of London’s cultural amenities.

School Head:
Headteacher: Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson, in post from 2014. Educated at Exeter University (history). Previously Head of Jeju branch of North London Collegiate girls’ school (South Korea) and Head of History and Politics, North London Collegiate School. Teaching staff: 39 full time, 28 part time.
GCSE: 60 in Year 11, all gaining at least grade C in 5+ subjects. A-levels: 28 in upper sixth.
100% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (13% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 13% took courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 20% in science and engineering, 41% in humanities and social sciences, 26% in music, art and design.
Music: 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. A-levels offered in both music and music technology. Girls in Year 2 and Year 7 receive a musical instrument and free tuition for a year. Musical groups including 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, jazz band, chamber groups. Drama and dance: Both offered. GCSE and A-level drama may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school and other productions. Art and design: Popular subject at both GCSE and A-level. Photography also offered.
Some 15 sports offered, including netball, dance, swimming, boxercise. Also Duke of Edinburgh Award; community service. Clubs include debating, environmental, film, gardening, life drawing, school magazine, Young Enterprise.
Mrs Jane Allerton, OGA Chair, c/o the school
Sophie Aldred (actress/presenter); Mary Quant (fashion designer); Margaret Jay MP; Helen Lederer (actress/comedian/writer).