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12/11/19

Today Seniors and Sixth Form we have enjoyed a full day off-timetable with Years 5, 7 & 10 joining forces for a maths workshop, high-paced debating sessions for Year 9, Study Skills workshops for Year 11, and motivational 'Inner Drive' talks for our Sixth Form. https://t.co/g7pXJN8ikD

12/11/19

Retweeted From Year 6 BHS

Year 5 working hard at the Morning of Maths https://t.co/Sgp9MCBIUy

11/11/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Thanks to the GDST family for being there ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/nUmX5Ccxo9

06/11/19

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Happy (belated!) Divali from 6H!🎆 https://t.co/XjHuCgE9Ld

05/11/19

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A very enjoyable first Monday back with year 2&3 netball club https://t.co/Oxq6Dxdjyl

22/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

have had a fabulous creative time in Berlin this half term https://t.co/hB8ltajUCq

22/10/19

Well spotted!

16/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Make a splash! Juniors https://t.co/zVsQcfyAbg

15/10/19

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Congratulations 5H. Proud winners of the Greenwich Maths Competition! https://t.co/0O16cBPEHI

15/10/19

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It has been a promising morning for the U16 netballers at the Kent County tournament. 2 wins, 2 loses, all to play for 🏐💪 https://t.co/IuCiFjD9ge

14/10/19

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform so far! https://t.co/rDTAYrOraA

14/10/19

We hope you enjoyed our Open Morning as much as we did! For another chance to see how we are preparing young women for the future, sign up for our ‘School in Action’ open events on 7 & 13 November. https://t.co/AZRo2SQpYI https://t.co/yxHVtQs9ac

10/10/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Very excited about today’s Wollstonecraft lecture https://t.co/ba1La7oRgj

09/10/19

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The rain didn’t stop us!!! Look at this amazing finish at Cross Country Club! 🏃🏽‍♀️🌦👏🏼 https://t.co/5U4Xvu5VLK

07/10/19

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hard at work at https://t.co/KtbrXwwzvM

03/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Florence deep in high level discussion with the head Girl team https://t.co/VoC8bioy1K

02/10/19

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. Thanks you’ve converted us into rugby fans! https://t.co/fCF5gy8KRE

02/10/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Did enjoy the tag rugby day . Just a bit! https://t.co/xF6ibNUevj

02/10/19

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Mrs Harris’ early morning fitness club literally going from strength to strength - great work! https://t.co/jRBs3dHjD1

01/10/19

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The junior girls cross country team are lined up ready to race! Beautiful weather for the first round of the ESAA 1st round https://t.co/YYgsFTTdDL

01/10/19

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Great afternoon of Hockey at Crystal Palace today against other schools! Excellent display of determination, bravery and skill! Well done everyone 💪🏼 🏑 https://t.co/4eyozQnOes

27/09/19

On Wednesday 25 September, our very own Tia presented her first show! It'll be aired Saturday 28 Sep at 10.30am on for all who want to watch. Great job Tia! https://t.co/yH7g35ydaq

26/09/19

You're welcome - so glad they enjoyed themselves.

26/09/19

It was a pleasure to host you! https://t.co/oaHh4XF5Rp

26/09/19

We had a wonderful time welcoming girls from and for our languages day today https://t.co/nyBhPMCQ4B

25/09/19

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Fantastic combo from Astonishing numbers relating to https://t.co/l3FZkmJTRx

25/09/19

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Great to see that they’re teaching their students about the importance of environmental responsibility!👍🏼🌊

25/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

The sheer of being 6 years old and your heart out https://t.co/kJL78CkbQ3

25/09/19

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A group of our Year 8 students enjoyed a really inspiring day at the inaugural conference at Imperial College London. They've come back buzzing with ideas and plans. https://t.co/sSLtn9e47J

25/09/19

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Another great session at HIIT club this morning! Well done to everyone who came 👏🏼💪🏼 https://t.co/zCMQLby9ro

24/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

So jealous of Year 10 and 11 right now! https://t.co/gelkjgVoyA

20/09/19

Year 10 and 11 getting their first taste of rowing and building team development on their special day trip to the Royal Albert Docks! https://t.co/CZl5dyxkfq

20/09/19

Retweeted From Year 7 @ Blackheath

Raft Building, as ever, is such fun! Warning there are lots of wet clothes coming home! https://t.co/MFd4cxHijT

19/09/19

We're impressed, Ms Wood! https://t.co/5V01XxzyGI

18/09/19

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After lunch abseiling https://t.co/pE16nSwLJ4

18/09/19

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And we’re here! https://t.co/DSAAXghR9I

18/09/19

Enjoy your PGL trip, Year 7! https://t.co/DjxGdGLdQX

18/09/19

Such an awe-inspiring view right on our doorstep ❤️ https://t.co/4s0yAXJGQD

Latest news

September 20

60 seconds with Ms A Chandler, Head of English Faculty

Can you tell us about your role at Blackheath High?
I am the Head of English Faculty and oversee the teaching of English across Years 7-13. 

This is my fourth year and I am very lucky to work with such an inspirational and dedicated team of English teachers. It is a great pleasure to work with the talented, curious and engaging students of Blackheath. Working with such fantastic young people is the best bit of this job; I consider myself very lucky.  

What did you do before you joined us?
I grew up in rural Somerset with my parents and two sisters. I went to Queens’ College, Cambridge for my first Degree – in English Literature. I later worked at Sky TV as an Editorial Assistant at Sky Sports before leaving to live in Mexico for six months where I taught in a bilingual school - that was my first experience of teaching. I did my MA at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London before training as an English teacher. Before coming here, I worked in a grammar school and a local independent school.

I come from a family of teachers, and, typically, when I was younger, teaching was the last thing I could imagine myself doing. However, as soon as I tried it, I knew it was the perfect career for me.

Have you always had a passion for English?
Yes, I am a passionate reader and have always enjoyed drama and theatre productions. I love a huge range of literature, but I am proudly a huge fan of Shakespeare, and have an unwavering energy for the words of the Bard.

It is a privilege to be able to spend hours each day discussing the works and the words, of great writers. Couple brilliant literature with the enquiring minds of young people, and it’s an exciting combination. 

What is unique about Blackheath High?
I think it is the special blend of being both aspirational and nurturing. Blackheath High has succeeded in combining a culture of warmth and community with challenge and ambition. The teaching is excellent, pastoral care is superb, and the girls are given the best opportunities possible. I have two daughters at Junior School and they couldn’t be happier.

Another unique thing about Blackheath High is the importance placed on equality and challenging negative stereotypes. We have a vibrant Feminist Society and this is a community in which we have healthy discussions about equality and diversity. Students at Blackheath High are articulate and engaged; they do very well in exams, but they are also ready to ask difficult questions and to stand up for what they believe in. 

What do you like most about your job?
I really love working with young people and teaching literature. Working with teenagers is never, ever boring. I am inspired by my students and my wonderful colleagues. I also love to see students develop their passion for learning both within and beyond the classroom, be it through performing in our yearly ‘Poetry By Heart’ or Greenman Public Speaking competitions, participating in a workshop performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, sharing original compositions in Creative Society, or discussing a great modern novel in Book Club. Every day my students make me think, they make me laugh, and they make me proud.

What makes working here at Blackheath High so rewarding and enjoyable?
The opportunity to get to know students so well. It is an incredibly friendly school, and class sizes are small. Our students are motivated, ambitious and have exciting aspirations. The school celebrates individuality and that is something very special here.

Whilst our exam results have been excellent, and achieving great results is a key part of our work, we are committed to education on a much deeper level. We encourage our students to explore ideas and develop skills that extend far beyond the syllabus or exam course. I believe that our students leave us as independent, curious and confident young women. 

You are obviously very busy working inside school, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spending time with my family and making the most of living in London, from visiting the National Gallery or the Globe Theatre, to scooting as a family in Greenwich Park. 

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