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Academic 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 Matrix of Knowledge

A History of Western Civilisation in 23½ Lessons. The Matrix of Knowledge is a bespoke, non-examined course specially designed for Year 11 students at Blackheath High to challenge them intellectually, extend their knowledge beyond the existing curriculum and draw attention to the interconnectedness of otherwise seemingly disparate subject disciplines.

Please click here for more information about this course.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

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

Please click here for more information about this course.

The Wollstonecraft Programme

Named after the famous Enlightenment philosopher, social maverick and early advocate of women’s rights, the Wollstonecraft Programme is a series of bespoke, term-long courses designed specifically for our students in Years 7-10. The aim is to present fresh ways of looking at the world and introduce new subjects, topics, creative and intellectual interests. Some courses may even inform future career destinations.

Whilst complementing the pursuit of excellence in formal academic pursuits, the expressive arts and admission to the best universities and colleges, these non-examined courses embody the view that education is a worthwhile pursuit in itself, simply because the world and human experience is of interest. We believe that an open mind, reflectiveness and an awareness and appreciation of the breadth of what life has to offer better facilitate a fulfilled existence.

Please click here for more information on this programme or download the booklet at the foot of this page.

Wollstonecraft Lectures

Inspired by the Wollstonecraft programme, a termly series of lectures are organised to broaden our students' thinking.

Lectures scheduled for the autumn term 2016:

Date

Name

Theme

Sep 19

Dr Mary Clare Martin, Greenwich University, co-founder of Children’s Historical Society

History – (details TBC|) 

 

Oct 3

Charlene White, ITN news anchor,
Blackheath High alumna

TV & Journalism

Oct 17

Fiona Greer (BHS parent), Sportswoman, International polo player & GB Masters swimmer

Sport & high level competition

Nov 14

Professor Neil Spinner, Greenwich University, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor & Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory

Surrealism & the Royal Academy

Nov 28

Jeremy Wood (BHS parent), artist

Art (details TBC)

Dec 12

Charlotte Sanderson, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Fast Stream & other careers in the Civil Service

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.

Senior Clubs & Societies

Students can choose to join a wide range of lunchtime and after-school clubs and societies; there’s something to interest and challenge everyone.

Clubs are run by teachers to enrich the curriculum and introduce students to new interests and experiences.

Societies are run by Year 13s, usually based upon their course choices for undergraduate study, where students explore different topics, listen to visiting speakers, enter competitions and get involved in national campaigns. Their activities are shared with the broader school community in assemblies and staged events, such as debates and charitable events.

Please click here for more information on our Clubs and Societies in our Prospectus Supplementary booklet.

 

Downloads

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Wollstonecraft Programme Booklet Download
Wollstonecraft Lecture Series Autumn 2015 Download
University destinations leavers 2016 Download