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An International Dimension

Preparing young people for a changing world is one of the biggest challenges facing schools today. Students will need new skills to succeed in tomorrow's workforce, particularly in modern languages and information technology.

Blackheath High School is offering an increasingly international dimension to education. We are fortunate to benefit from living in a cosmopolitan and internationally diverse corner of beautiful Greenwich. We actively seek to enhance our connections internationally and to broaden the horizons and experiences of students. With our alumnae currently studying, working and living all over the world, we are acutely aware of the importance of preparing the girls to be adaptable, culturally aware and internationally-minded.

Blackheath High School has been re-accredited by the British Council with the prestigious International School Award (see below for more information).

The introduction of new languages, residential trips abroad and links with schools in Europe and the Far East help students to acquire relevant language skills and a wider understanding of other cultures. In addition to our links with partners in Germany, Spain and France, partnerships have also been established with the Nasio Trust in Kenya. We are currently working with Inspire Worldwide to establish a future expedition and link with charitable organisations in Africa or Asia.

International School Award

European work experience is also promoted for Sixth Form linguists. By working and learning together, students will enhance both their understanding of their local area and community as well as their connection with the wider world.  European work experience is also promoted for Sixth Form linguists. This insight into other cultures provides our students with the competence and confidence needed to move around the globe and adapt to different and changing environments.

We teach Mandarin, French, German and Spanish, and our language laboratory at the Senior School is fully equipped for interactive learning. At the Junior School, French is taught from the Nursery upwards and Latin from year 6. There are also language clubs offering tuition in German, Spanish and Latin.

China 2014At Blackheath High School many areas of the curriculum focus students’ attention to the rich and vibrant cultures in our international community. Throughout the school, events, activities, workshops and class based topics with an international theme are embedded within the curriculum. The school has well established links with partner schools in Spain, France, China and Germany. Students enjoy an exciting array of trips that include a Geography expedition to Iceland, an Art trip to New York, a Latin trip to Sorrento, plus challenging explorations to destinations such as Borneo and Peru. Most recently, a group of excited students have just returned from a highly successful educational trip to Beijing and Xian.

As students become more accomplished and start to look to university courses and careers, they are encouraged to undertake work-experience abroad as part of the preparation for university. Equally as importantly, a global outlook underpins our teaching and broad range of activities.

The British Council International School Award

Blackheath High has been re-accredited with the British Council's International School Award, a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

International Women's DayLeila Zerrougi 2 25 Feb 2014

The girls’ interest in international politics and their own confidence and poise was evident when they interviewed high profile female UN politicians for International Women’s Day covering topics including conflict, famine and gender equality.

Click here to read our newsletter special issue about our involvement in this event.


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