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21/02/20

To celebrate ‘Numbers Day’, students in Years 7-13 journeyed the school to find teachers wearing badges with significant numbers on them. https://t.co/B1QOk1VnJ2 https://t.co/4fFfGqu5uf

21/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A few tired eyes this morning but we are on route to the airport! We’ve had a fantastic week in Arosa! https://t.co/GMHSGILedx

19/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Nursery School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/7Y8NgppGZu

19/02/20

Year Two had a great time exploring the process of tie dyeing as part of their Out of Africa topic. https://t.co/2PU1ZUwfJJ https://t.co/xzn9ArCRT9

17/02/20

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What a beautiful day ! 🎿⛷ https://t.co/8lhpWcd8hE

17/02/20

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Emma having a blast in the snow ⛄️ https://t.co/qFlcTYv5xD

17/02/20

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Year groups ready to go ! A few tired heads but they are still smiling and ready to learn! https://t.co/NJnhqOwwgO

17/02/20

Retweeted From Independent Schools

More than 900 ISC schools are engaged in academic partnerships with state schools; sharing lessons, preparing pupils for higher education, and combining knowledge, skills and expertise https://t.co/aJ2cyTUVTQ

17/02/20

'When our Mandarin teacher Ms Chung told us that we were going to be doing a Chinese dance workshop I was so excited, because I’ve never tried a Chinese dance workshop before.' https://t.co/H7yY3VD76d https://t.co/3DSq03V0zx

14/02/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Safely arrived in Switzerland 🇨🇭 now to the slopes 🎿 https://t.co/zlqEwzxsl3

14/02/20

Blackheath High School’s Eco Club got out their binoculars and had a great time taking part in The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. https://t.co/S3uyvZ90yj https://t.co/dhdsk2qMc7

14/02/20

Have an amazing time girls! https://t.co/qo9y0l9ck2

14/02/20

What a lovely way to go into Half Term! https://t.co/HWGhd0ZzTk

13/02/20

A huge congratulations to Luiza for winning the 'Maths of Space' Competition held by the IMA! She has been awarded a certificate and a Samsung tablet as her prize. Well deserved! https://t.co/ab4OoIhykO https://t.co/MNqx5a9K15

11/02/20

Visit Blackheath High Junior School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/Av8odfDW1f

10/02/20

Retweeted From GDST Alumnae Network

"Inspired by curiosity, there was always a sense of 'needing to know' which drove me forward to seek new challenges" – Dame Mary Quant, fashion designer & alumna. https://t.co/h2515mntbt https://t.co/cHc1DdzzNu

06/02/20

Visit our new Sixth Form Centre at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. https://t.co/RlZ16F7PmQ Rated 'Excellent in all areas’ (ISI) https://t.co/FJYfXXhOce

06/02/20

On the 20 January 2020, girls in Year 7 who chose Mandarin as a language visited Chinatown for the day! https://t.co/QiVzqmgBsb https://t.co/zD2lzFrP0K

05/02/20

Stunning sunny afternoon 🌞🌞🌞 https://t.co/azmLkUTODp

05/02/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great to see ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ standing proud above the A2 this week https://t.co/Y8Iu2mAfw7

04/02/20

Visit the all-new Blackheath High School at our ‘School In Action’ Open Morning on 10 March. If you're looking for a Year 9 place starting September 2020 the deadline to apply is 13 March. https://t.co/4TvaFga8oz Rated "Excellent in all areas" (ISI). https://t.co/LIt8i0oTrE

04/02/20

Well done, girls! https://t.co/kCij4vdOSI

04/02/20

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Gardening club in full swing! https://t.co/CT8CVjUdQV

03/02/20

Retweeted From Rebecca Richards

Modelling the digestive system with weetabix and orange juice, the girls aren’t squeamish at all! The tights are representing the small intestine, the bag was the stomach. https://t.co/9q0QPg25Fx

03/02/20

Thank you to all of our sister-schools for contributing to the success of last week's SLT Conference! 👏 https://t.co/y9gmZ9EvOW

30/01/20

Retweeted From Cris Turple

Carol Chandler-Thompson opens SLT Conference: adversity & challenge can be positive; it stimulates innovation. It's important for our girls to be adaptive & flexible and for us as leaders to demonstrate this

30/01/20

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Fantastic start to the SLT conference this morning - wonderful welcome and fascinating keynote from https://t.co/ei0PRhGHKU

30/01/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

It's great to be hosting the conference for senior leaders from across the family here at https://t.co/SCrpUQBoCS

30/01/20

We are delighted to be hosting the Senior Leadership Conference today and tomorrow. Welcome, everyone! https://t.co/Hm7Zdc5htm

28/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

GDST Netball Tournament this afternoon with 31 BHS girls taking part! So much fun, a few cold hands but smiles and happy faces 😀 Thank you for hosting. https://t.co/pEUdtLWGBc

28/01/20

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

Celebrating Chinese New Year https://t.co/8eHjcakDdy

27/01/20

A great pledge for the from Mrs Skevington https://t.co/z89ZTKOtEM

23/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Don’t worry the future of housing is in safe hands with girls in charge! Great geography discussions going on about planning in SE London today https://t.co/QZlXuDeWlh

23/01/20

Such a thoughtful pledge, Mr Henderson. Thanks to the brilliant veggie & vegan options provided by this should be quite enjoyable, too! https://t.co/lYuLIhf812

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

governors learning about the amazing opportunities for tech and computing at school - they were impressed! https://t.co/5gXtejXyDJ

22/01/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

delighted to welcome our governors to Juniors, seen here learning about apps and skills from our girls https://t.co/absfTgD7Q0

22/01/20

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Second fabulous event from our musicians this week- tougher audience this time! https://t.co/tQwOnqMkCA

22/01/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Great netball from our year10 &11 this evening resulting in 2 wins against St. Ursulas. https://t.co/VYT0XeGVLn

22/01/20

Thank you - exciting indeed and a fabulous way to creatively teach sustainability during our https://t.co/9W5IPHXX79

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June 13

Sports, the GDST Summit and the Myth of Normalcy

It has been an uncharacteristically quiet fortnight at Blackheath High School, with all the Senior girls engrossed in their exams and Year 5 and 6 on their residential trips. We managed to squeeze three excellent Junior Sports Days in before they left and it was brilliant to see the girls jumping, running, balancing and throwing with such gusto. They were cheered on by a great contingent of family supporters; thank you to you all for your enthusiasm.

This week saw the annual GDST Summit for Headteachers, Governors and friends of the GDST. It was an inspiring event with a range of provocative and fascinating speakers, ranging from Nicky Morgan to Futurologist Sophie Hackford. A special well done to our very own Miriam Kennedy, GDST Young Musician of the Year, who opened the Summit's reception.

It was an invigorating and thought-provoking conference, which left me more convinced than ever that the forward-thinking and fearless education we are providing in GDST schools for our girls really is more important than ever in preparing them for their futures. You can find out more about the themes of the conference on the GDST website.

There has been some coverage in the national press of late, revisiting the question of single sex vs co-educational schools and the relative merits of both, in the light of some boys’ schools choosing to admit girls. I generally feel these reductive articles are a bit depressing, as there is clearly room for both approaches in a rich and diverse educational offering in the UK; it is great that you have the choice as parents. I recently read an excellent piece by our Director of Innovation and Learning, Dr Kevin Stannard, which gave a much more nuanced view and which seems helpful to share in a quiet news week:

“It is generally accepted that girls and boys are different, and develop differently over adolescence. To be sure, there is a gender dimension to learning: in many cases a girl’s self-image, sense of worth, confidence, classroom behaviour, even subject choice and achievement, are all affected by the presence of boys.

Boys’ schools (and it is almost always boys’ schools) decide to admit girls for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to boost student numbers and the chance to substitute bright girls for the tail of less able boys – guaranteeing a boost up the league tables. The educational arguments for co-ed are almost entirely about the advantages for boys. Indeed, the accumulated evidence is that boys benefit from having girls in the class; but there is no real evidence that girls benefit from having boys around.

It is not impossible for co-ed settings to ensure that girls and boys get equal opportunities, but putting children willy nilly into mixed settings does not in itself create gender equality. Teaching practices (like the nature of questioning and scaffolding), and curriculum choices (like topic options in Science, themes in History and texts in literature) need to be as accessible and interesting to girls as to boys; and the entire school culture needs to reflect and reinforce a gender equality agenda. Opening the door to girls does not solve the problem of inequality; in fact, it poses it anew.

Advocates for co-education insist that the best way of preparing young people for the world is for schools to be structured as exact facsimiles of that world. The trouble with co-ed apologetics is that it conflates gender blindness with gender equality. There is a danger that co-ed contexts simply inscribe societal inequalities and skewed gender stereotypes onto schools. Currently, girls are under-represented in Science subjects post-16 at most co-ed schools; girls continue to be subjected to low-level but persistent sexual harassment in mixed schools; girls show a much greater propensity to opt out of sports activities in mixed settings. In co-ed contexts, girls tend to be over-represented as participants in, but underrepresented among the leaders of, extra-curricular clubs and societies. At present, this largely reflects wider society; and schools do not exist to reflect and reinforce these inequalities.

We all want to prepare girls for a more equal world but structural inequalities remain, and this surely justifies attention to the education of girls as girls.

Female students live in the ‘real world’ on a daily basis with fathers, brothers and male friends. They do not need practice in co-ed contexts before being let loose on the world. They do need and deserve to be prepared for a world in which the rhetoric of equality too often collides with a very different reality. All girls' schools do not exist to bubble-wrap their pupils; they exist to inspire and enable young women to thrive in, as well as challenge and change, a society that is far from equal. In GDST schools, pupils receive an education that puts them front and centre and boosts their confidence, empowering them as they step-out into the world. They are taught to aim high, and to meet obstacles with resilience.” (‘The Myth of Normalcy’ by Dr Kevin Stannard).

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