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Curriculum Enrichment

At Blackheath High School we believe that the academic life of our school should include much more than what happens in the main stream curriculum. 

We offer a wide range of experiences and challenges that enrich our curriculum.  This is to ensure that our students are inspired to learn outside of the classroom and develop the skills required for the world beyond their secondary education.

Through our Curriculum Enrichment programme we use the talents and experiences of others from outside of the school, in combination with the talents and interests of staff within our school, to enrich our student’s education. 

The activities offered vary from the physically challenging and cultural, to school based activities, including workshops on Study Skills, Enterprise, Financial Awareness, BBC News Report and Architecture.  We have regular visiting speakers inspiring our students in a range of different subjects. 

The Matrix of Knowledge

A History of Western Civilisation in 23½ Lessons. The Matrix of Knowledge is a non-examined course specially designed for Year 11 students at Blackheath High. Click here for more information about this course.

The Theory of Knowledge

In Years 12 and 13 we offer Theory of Knowledge to our Sixth-Form students. Based upon the core and most distinctive component of the IB Diploma, this course encourages and develops the ability of students to question ‘knowledge’ and ‘truth’ by:

  •  reflecting critically on diverse ways of knowing and the methodological underpinnings of different areas of knowledge (science, religion, the arts etc.)
  • considering the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world

Click here for more information about this course.

Sixth Form TED Lectures
Our Sixth Form students are given the opportunity to attend a programme of weekly TED lectures which have been selected by Heads of Faculty.  The lectures are designed to engage students in the wider world of academic study and to encourage a broader understanding of a range of topics.  The discussion that follows each lecture allows students to share ideas and to challenge the views of others.

We also offer regular day trips and residential trips both within Europe and further afield.  

Study Skills Day (Year 9)
Research on the brain clearly shows that an individual’s study focus can be significantly shaped and enhanced by doing the right thing, at the right time, and in the right manner and this workshop shows students how to maximize their study time. (Click here for further information)

Enterprise Days (for Year 7 and Year 11)
Enterprise education is a key element of work-related learning.  It can help raise aspirations and develop valuable skills for further education and employment.  Because of this, Years 7 and 11 take part in fully interactive one day Enterprise programmes. (Click here for further information)

Digital Radio Station
At Blackheath High we are lucky to have a professional, digital radio studio. Students from Y7 to Y13 have the chance to broadcast to the school in activities ranging from radio show clubs at lunchtime to holding interviews with important local people. Students’ radio recordings can be streamed live or accessed from an archive of broadcasts through our BHS Radio website
(Click here for further information)

BBC School Report
BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. ( www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport) Using lesson plans and materials from the BBC  website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
(Click here for further information)

Debating Society
The thriving BHS Junior and Senior Debating Societies meet once a week to thrash out philosophical and current affairs topics following British Parliamentary style procedure. In addition to prepared and impromptu debates we also hold moot trials to develop logical argument, critical thought and public speaking skills. We also enter the Institute of Ideas 'Debating Matters' competition.
(Click here for further information)

Artist in Residence Days
Our Y9 work with 2 artists for the day,  giving them an insight into the practice of a working artist; how they make a living, the type of work that they do and how it has developed and our  Y12 and Y13 art students have the opportunity to produce a piece of work alongside a successful fashion designer. (Click here for further information)

Drama Workshops and Competition

  • Gadesden Inter-House Drama Competition
  • Drama Workshops 11-13
  • Theatre Trips

'The Challenge' (Click here for 'the Challenge' website)

As the largest provider of the government’s National Citizen Service, The Challenge is proudly supported by the Cabinet Office. Throughout this intensive, primarily residential programme, students engage in physical, creative and social action challenges, culminating in the teams designing and running their own projects. Students build upon existing skills and gain new ones, to name just a few: collaboration, confidence and communication will boost UCAS and job applications, on multiple levels.


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Wollstonecraft Programme Booklet Download
Wollstonecraft Programme Lecture Series Spring 2016 Download