Blackheath High School GDSTupcoming open day (click for details)
Set in the leafy south-east suburb of Blackheath, Royal Borough of Greenwich, half an hour from central London and 15 minutes from Docklands, Blackheath High School has a long history of high academic achievement, with students consistently gaining excellent exam results each year.
Our aspirational culture and committed teaching staff ensure that every single girl achieves excellent examination results. Last year 75% of our year 13 students achieved their first choice university place and 8% went to Oxbridge. Read our ISI Inspection Report, and you will see that we were deemed to be ‘excellent’ in every category from pastoral care to student achievement.
Blackheath High School is a unique and historic school. Whilst this is best appreciated through a visit, there are several distinctive features to highlight:
Putting girls first:
Blackheath High has been educating girls since 1880. Put simply, we are specialists in what we do. This is a school where we encourage students to ignore gender stereotypes. Girls relish ballet, football, science or art with equal passion. We place strong emphasis on positive female role models. We focus on cultivating girls’ courage and we have a wealth of experience in building intellectual agility and emotional resilience. All this means we are well known for the poised and impressive nature of our graduates.
Our teachers are subject experts, with a passion for teaching our students. They embrace innovation and creativity in their teaching. They make the most of our small class sizes and vibrant atmosphere to engage their students. Whatever the changes in education reform, the priority at Blackheath High is to inspire students to think big and love learning. This is a school where there are no ceilings on what girls can achieve.
At Blackheath High we are PASSIONATE about co-curricular activities and academic enrichment. We know they provide girls with valuable soft skills: dedication; teamwork; persistence. They also create a healthy balanced approach girls that can take with them when they leave us. We offer a mind-boggling array of clubs, societies and enrichment activities that the girls absolutely love. Whether it is martial arts in Mandarin or the cut and thrust of debating in Model United Nations; girls are spoilt for choice of activities.
Blackheath High is well known for the warmth and diversity of its community and the quality of relationships between teachers, students and parents. Unusually amongst London schools, we have a close-knit community with a village feel. Strong bonds cross ages, nationalities and social boundaries, creating an atmosphere that is compassionate, supportive and open-minded.
An international outlook:
We are incredibly fortunate to be located in a cosmopolitan and stunning corner of South East London. Situated on the edge of beautiful Blackheath and stunning Greenwich Park, we benefit from the international influences of the local area. Our curriculum and approach are focussed upon cultivating this international outlook. We celebrate the richness and diversity of cultures and perspectives within and outside the school.
We welcome you very warmly to our Open Events and Taster Days to see for yourself what makes Blackheath High School so distinctive.
Gifted & Talented
We have a specific policy on Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (ref: SEND A15), which can be viewed and downloaded from our website here: http://www.blackheathhighschool.gdst.net/27/school-policies
Bursaries & Scholarships
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to girls who demonstrate excellent potential on entry to Years 7 and year 12 only.
The presence of a significant proportion of highly able and well-motivated girls from families of modest means is an important factor in achieving and maintaining high academic standards for the benefit of the whole school.
Academic Scholarships into Year 7 and Year 12
All candidates who sit for our 11+ examination in January or our 16+ scholarship test in November for entry the following September are automatically considered for an academic scholarship.
GDST scholarships are awarded on academic merit and the maximum value of a scholarship is 50% of the published fees.
In addition, at Sixth Form level, we are able to offer a number of prizes to able girls.
We offer Art, Music and Sport scholarships to gifted girls entering our senior school in Year 7 and also award range of art, music and drama scholarships into our Sixth Form talented girls.
We appreciate that not everyone can afford to pay full fees for their daughter’s education which is why we offer a number of means-tested bursaries to girls of excellent academic potential entering Year 7 or Year 12. The.value of the bursary is dependent upon the income and financial resources of the applicant’s family
HSBC 11+ and Sixth Form Scholarships
We are very grateful to the HSBC banking group for providing two HSBC scholarships to bright girls entering in Year 7 and a further four HSBC Scholarships to gifted girls entering our Sixth Form from state schools. Like our GDST bursarsies, HSBC places are awarded on academic merit and are also means-tested.