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22/09/20

Great work girls!! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/gQWnjdNMcv

22/09/20

Great to see our Junior School girls enjoying our delicious and healthy lunches today! https://t.co/u6Ip83LsQ9

21/09/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

Build your professional network. The brand new alumnae network is now online! Join for new connections today — https://t.co/08dK2iGA3a. https://t.co/h0i4XGMlXr

21/09/20

Some of our students starting the week learning Tai Chi as part of our Blackheath High School academic enrichment programme https://t.co/ecDFUNVL0s

21/09/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The students are taking full advantage of having the heath on our doorstep in the beautiful weather. https://t.co/jIKlD6yABY

18/09/20

Just over a week to go to our Virtual Open Day! We can't wait to give you a warm Blackheath welcome as we invite you to discover all about life at Blackheath High School. Sign-up here to join us: https://t.co/ajXh2SuVTI https://t.co/poaUdvEXx0

16/09/20

Retweeted From School House

Blackheath High School GDST () are hosting its first virtual open day on Saturday 26 September, 9AM – 1PM for perspective students aged three to 18. Register and find out more and register below: https://t.co/1I43idOWka https://t.co/Ktp1PMQwWs

15/09/20

All smiles as Year 9 find their beat and try out drumming in today's music lesson 🪘 🎶 https://t.co/nWZRapfNnO

15/09/20

Some beautiful illustrations from our Year 11 students... enjoying taking inspiration on a sunny day 🦋🌸☀️ https://t.co/l2BcwLDzlQ

15/09/20

Retweeted From Primary Times London

🎉 OPEN DAY 🎉 will host its first Virtual Open Day on Saturday 26 September between 9am and 1pm. The day will be split into three sessions covering the Nursery and Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form. Book here 👉 https://t.co/4XVYViCOfb https://t.co/34ozIK9cs5

14/09/20

Beautiful morning this morning in Blackheath. Looking forward to the new school week ☀️ https://t.co/GFCS1qBOpr

11/09/20

From studying GCSE Astronomy at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, sports and fitness on Blackheath and taking part in all clubs on offer, find out more about life at Blackheath High School at our Virtual Open Morning. https://t.co/nTlh0p3kgp https://t.co/XMEZZTyT1a

11/09/20

🌸🌼🐝🐝🐝 https://t.co/KsBjzsv3Cr

10/09/20

“Continue to be the rule breakers and the change makers” Teacher Sarah Harris with some inspiring words for the future for our very special 2020 valedictory event tonight ✨💫 https://t.co/UchARw1Mu9

10/09/20

Head leads the celebrations tonight marking all the successes of our 2020 GCSE and A-level students. Not in the way we’re used to, but a great evening marking all their amazing achievements in what has been a year like no other. Congratulations girls 👏👏👏 https://t.co/PrR7YhkwVp

10/09/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Getting ready for our special valedictory event ⁦⁩ this evening - I hope the students all really enjoy it They, probably more than any year,deserve a great send off!! https://t.co/FA85xwEkcB

10/09/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Fabulous opportunities for our sixth formers and alumnae here 👇🏼 https://t.co/oRLyovFeZ8

09/09/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Covid safe Mussorgsky beat! https://t.co/2pZiQO6y8J

07/09/20

Retweeted From BHS Music

No more palm oil based shampoo, conditioner or soap for Mrs Gunton. Thank you https://t.co/SEumnTUkab

04/09/20

Don't forget to sign up for our Virtual Open Day on Saturday 26 September to find out why we were shortlisted for both Best Girls’ School & Prep School of the Year. Register and find out more information here: https://t.co/WxQboUdEDg https://t.co/CcvKO6WiQX

03/09/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Junior girls have huge ❤️. Yr5 Annika donated 15 inches of hair to Well done mum for the 9 inches and Georgia in too. https://t.co/cWmULraRof

03/09/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

By 8.45 all Junior girls back in school, staggered starts done. So pleased to have you back! https://t.co/rjxSncapec

03/09/20

So happy to welcome back our girls to school this morning for the first day of term. Have a great day girls! https://t.co/7R74laaqkn

27/08/20

We couldn't be more proud of Leila, Year 4, for showing her creative flair and coming 3rd in the Young Wild Writer Competition! You can read her award-winning story, The City Fox, all about London's hidden wildlife here👇 Congratulations Leila! 👏👏 https://t.co/xOfR8BOzTd

21/08/20

We can’t wait to welcome our GCSE students into our Sixth Form. Read all about Rafi’s time with us so far, as she looks forward to following her passion for Design Technology in the Sixth Form. https://t.co/yHtRjXKJUj https://t.co/u1OxrItG8Q

21/08/20

From performing at Greenwich Theatre and our fashion show to taking part in cricket tournaments, read all about Roberta’s time at Blackheath High School and what she’s looking forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/5lLpDonBH5 https://t.co/h7y6JgwUcq

20/08/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

I want to publicly thank all our hard working teachers who contributed to the work of arriving at this year's results in exceptionally challenging circumstances, and to pass on thanks that parents have expressed today.

20/08/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Congratulations to all our GCSE candidates: you worked hard and achieved excellent results today. Now it's time to start dreaming about September's fresh start - can't wait to welcome a brilliant cohort into Sixth Form!

20/08/20

We’re so proud of all our GCSE students today and can’t wait to see what’s next. Read all about Sharmalyne’s experiences at Blackheath High as she follows her passion for Computer Science into Sixth Form and has big ambitions for the future https://t.co/mgQmlx1xAL https://t.co/BrnZO2daio

20/08/20

Our GCSE students have achieved so much throughout their time with us. From tackling the DofE Award to playing netball, hockey and tag-rugby, read all about Freya's experiences here as she celebrates GCSE success and looks forward to life in the Sixth Form https://t.co/smA3KYuaor https://t.co/MlmI1gmwLn

20/08/20

“So incredibly proud of our GCSE students. Throughout their time with us they have worked hard and had fun. They are all stars”. celebrates all the successes of our Year 11s https://t.co/EVxJYU6VJH https://t.co/nyJocsHRSb

13/08/20

Congratulations to Dorcas who has taken every opportunity at Blackheath High to follow her passions for fashion and jewellery and will follow in the creative footsteps of fellow Blackheath alumna Mary Quant as she heads to university https://t.co/W5AEO1lVvw https://t.co/kq6xoeEEZg

13/08/20

On A-level results day, discusses the importance of a well-rounded education as the best possible preparation for the future in today's Evening Standard https://t.co/ZdFxBwC8TS

13/08/20

Beyond proud of students who have achieved so much throughout their time with us at Blackheath High School and will always be part of the family. Read all about Natasha’s experience here https://t.co/Vws1tZA0VN https://t.co/W1YEbEYCCk

13/08/20

"Incredibly proud of all our A-level students today. Our girls have grown through these challenging times and I know more than ever that they will thrive as they embark on the next stage of their journey” pays tribute to Class of 2020 https://t.co/nxGqwTyRwN

06/08/20

Thank you ! With one more term left in our 140th Year, there's still time to make a pledge which will have a positive environmental impact on our local area or wider world. Please email pledges to: BHSYearofPromise.gdst.net https://t.co/pszd1jMdHX

04/08/20

Well done to Ezie in Year 13 for the incredible accolade of being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy . https://t.co/F7mjgVRJn8 https://t.co/Q6DWKwhoTK

03/08/20

So wonderful to see kites being flown on the heath. Yet another reminder of our charmed location 🪁 Thanks for sharing https://t.co/K7IqsfXf58

30/07/20

'Avant la pluie, je n'avais pas besoin de porter un manteau' - read more Year 9 French poetry along the theme of 'then and now' here: https://t.co/pA7zkuqiUW https://t.co/6ZJLYo7hcN

November 1

Inspiring students with inspiring spaces

Our ‘Topping out’ ceremony marked a major milestone in our redevelopment project at Seniors, an inspirational redevelopment that will utterly transform the school for the staff and students.

Blackheath High is a school with a proud tradition of love of learning and strength of community. Consistent with the principles of the founders of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the education provided here for girls has always balanced academic excellence with breadth and innovation. We have a strong tradition of being open to all social classes and backgrounds, a haven where girls mix without prejudice or judgement. Central to that tradition has always been the opportunity for the girls and staff to share inspiring spaces that promote learning, reflection and socialising. 

The original school building from 1880 in Wemyss Road, was the GDST’s first ever purpose-built school, and as such, the girls benefitted from cutting edge design of the day. The central school hall itself was designed by Edward Robson and built in 1897 to act, as it was put at the time, ‘as a silent form of teaching’. By this, they didn’t mean that girls should tiptoe in silence around the communal spaces (silence is not a quality we associate with Blackheath High girls), but rather that the entrances and internal walls of the hall could carry sculptures, bas-reliefs, moral inscriptions and so forth - all of which would act as what they termed ‘civilising co-ercions’.

I believe the central tenet of this idea was inspiration for the students, created by inspiring spaces and the decoration within, this would help to provide a civilising and culturally enriching education for the girls. The central hall in Wemyss Road was used both as a space where the community could gather for shared rehearsal of moral and religious values, but also for school activities such as drill and music. Indeed, it is still used in this way by the Juniors, although more music, less drill!).

The hall at Wemyss Road was able to act as that civilising heart of the Senior school throughout the entire 20th century, but as the school grew in popularity and numbers, it became increasingly clear that a new home was needed. The Senior school moved across the Heath into the former Church Army buildings in Vanbrugh Park and the Junior school moved into Wemyss Road from Morden Road in 1994. I like to imagine a mass decamp of girls carrying desks across the heath, but I think in reality, it was much less Enid Blyton! The school quickly settled into its new home, adding a new resources centre, theatre and Sports pavilion as we moved into the 21st Century. 

And so the vision for the redevelopment was born, under Mrs Lawes’ leadership of the school. Whilst accommodation at Vanbrugh Park has been ample since the 1990s, the project will utterly transform the educational experience here for the girls.

Buildings do not make school communities, people do, but the environment in which we work can inspire, support and augment our educational aims. Churchill always seems to have a quote for every occasion and he does not disappoint on this occasion either. He said: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” I like this idea of harmony and interaction between a community and its home and the architecture of iconic buildings like the Scottish parliament or the Olympic swimming venue only serve to illustrate the impact of great architectural design. 

With this in mind, we enter the final phase of the school’s redevelopment with great optimism and enthusiasm. There is no doubt we feel incredibly fortunate to experience such a transformation; one which really resonates with the original pioneering values and aims of our founders.

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