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15/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Recognise one of our girls here! One of many who love Roundabout. https://t.co/7ndf5DEZy9

10/04/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Interested in a career in medicine and looking for work experience? Useful tips here on writing a cover letter to stand out and increase your chance of getting a placement https://t.co/01zazmaWxO via

08/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

loved it. https://t.co/I2Eyqipj78

08/04/19

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Our lovely sixth form students on our dinner cruise after a busy day of travelling and rehearsing. https://t.co/ziu2HenapL

08/04/19

Well done on your concert in Prague ladies! https://t.co/63YBdTikGB

04/04/19

Retweeted From BHS Music

We’ve safely made it to Prague and are having a short rehearsal before our dinner cruise tonight. https://t.co/RZ3KbLteJA

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Jood & Rachael representing Vanbrugh in the House debate. It’s so great to hear the students airing such well thought out opinions https://t.co/GD1agEaxOf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Great standard of debate in the House debate this afternoon https://t.co/Lvk0ckwIIf

04/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Really good inter-house debating this afternoon . Strong arguments, strong rhetoric. https://t.co/2EWbaO1XHI

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

. So proud of our junior girls joining their Senior “sisters” on 10km walk. No whingers just ninjas in Yr6 - we all made it back! https://t.co/KOCgCMdKnX

04/04/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

We did it!!! 10K walk to raise money for campaign. https://t.co/KBROraCccC

04/04/19

Of course it didn't! If anything it added atmosphere to our already iconic surroundings. Well done all. https://t.co/uqGJ56yFE8

04/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Small matter of some April showers .. no problem! 10k walk well underway 🌦😊 https://t.co/ZBd05rXMgE

04/04/19

Retweeted From PlanInternational UK

Thank you for your support! We're cheering you on👏 https://t.co/ee9eBF9TrW

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

And we’re off! whole school 10km quick year 6&7 photo 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Rsi4d8lymC

04/04/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

🍀Good luck to all the today from school yr6 & seniors doing a 10k sponsored walk to the & back 4 woowee! Support make a difference, these girls are awesome! 💫🏃‍♀️✨💥 good luck all!! https://t.co/sZ9eN2FKxE

04/04/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Well someone’s keen to start the walk! https://t.co/Fo9cJYxwJF

04/04/19

Glad to see they found some sunshine too ☀️ https://t.co/PPT7nvq2cg

04/04/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHighDrama

Great Theatre Trip to see the inspiring https://t.co/RYA1MiJi29

04/04/19

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

So proud of Maria’s success in the GDST Creative Writing Competition. The girls were captivated as she read to them! ⁦⁦https://t.co/o4FGBXsC5M

03/04/19

Congratulations on a great term of netball! https://t.co/6kigFkjmZA

03/04/19

Blissful! https://t.co/bC6oDqCT4o

03/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

I love this campaign. Too often, I meet 10 year olds who have had to campaign to play football alongside the boys at primary school.. thankfully not an issue schools where all sports are for girls: The Telegraph's Girls, Inspired campaign explained https://t.co/AGqysH1q5A

03/04/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Congratulations to everyone who performed tonight in the Spring Concert. A wonderful polished programme of delights ahead of the Prague tour.

02/04/19

Retweeted From Blackheath High School Association

This fab event is the first week back after Easter so make sure you don't get caught out ... book that babysitter and bring on the belly laughs! Tickets available now at https://t.co/v1vgr90Niu, contact us here or at bhsachairs.com if you want to bag a table https://t.co/7IdwpVoPgI

01/04/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Feeling 😇 to live and work in such a beautiful location - truly good for the soul! https://t.co/Xk58oKQIvh

28/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

What a pleasure to welcome more than 40 to Juniors today for lunch, music and tours. “Blackheath High made me the woman I am today” https://t.co/ta8zSLRSrZ

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great match to end our U14 hockey team’s impressive season! The camaraderie these girls have created is admirable. Well done to you all for such a solid performance against strong opposition, St Dunstan’s. POM: Beni! https://t.co/IC8b6XKePY

28/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U12 hockey team finished the season off in style with ah great match against LPGS. Well done for a fantastic first year of hockey 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/WcV5vcc78W

26/03/19

Yesterday, The French Department took two students (Valerie and Zoë) to the regional final of the MFL Spelling Bee. They did fantastically well and performed brilliantly under pressure. Congratulations girls! https://t.co/3VzOkQvqYN

25/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Junior School Council made the Florence lunchtime walking rota happen. Top work Ceri- risk assessment and rota in place! And a squirrel did appear... 🐿 https://t.co/1VAdFFzc6R

25/03/19

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Watch girls from around the UK & Wales performing at for our Young Choir of the Year 2019. https://t.co/Bpes5UNras

25/03/19

Retweeted From Judy Mitchem

Watch out for Blackheath High ⁦⁩ ⁦ https://t.co/llnbcEejLv

22/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Could not be more proud of these girls 👏👏👏 https://t.co/1VQwOs4bKA

20/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only https://t.co/E7py150P2l

20/03/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Loved watching year 10 at work in our beautiful art studios yesterday https://t.co/eAFGC2PyYZ

19/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

girls here https://t.co/p7BwGxeI1R

18/03/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

The U14 netballers performed brilliantly to come 2nd in the Greenwich Schools tournament this afternoon. Misa was awarded Player if the Tournament out of the players there which is a fantastic accomplishment 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/Bkz4zLhGyv

18/03/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

popped in for lunch with Reception today. Guesses on our Head’s age ranged from 17 to 88. And they all liked her necklace 🤣🤣 https://t.co/JDMzIQFDp2

18/03/19

Retweeted From BHS Junior English

enjoying the conference https://t.co/40AG3xdfCW

Latest news

September 21

60 seconds with Mr Henderson, Deputy Head (Academic)

From a London orchestra and music publisher to Deputy Head, Steven Henderson tells us all about himself.

Tell us about yourself

A lot of very committed professionals work hard to help our girls to achieve their many successes. My role is to make sure everyone can do their best work so that each girl excels herself academically.

Tell us about your career path.

I started at Blackheath High School at the start of this term – just in time for the unveiling of the new senior school. I have been teaching girls for 21 years in a range of schools, teaching boys as well for most of that time. After university I worked for a London orchestra and a music publisher as well as doing some professional singing work. Before coming to Blackheath High School I led academic departments, was a Director of Music and then an Assistant Head in a boarding school in Nottingham. 

How does your previous experience benefit the school?

I have taught in a range of schools: state-maintained and independent schools; academically selective and less so; rural, urban, creative, sporty. I have seen the fundamental mechanics of effective learning working just about the same in different settings, but only the really special places achieve this with heart and spirit as well.

What do you like most about your job?

That’s easy. It’s the moment when a student suddenly sees the world from a whole new perspective. It is a phenomenal privilege to witness the brilliant work that our students and teachers do.

What makes working here at a school so rewarding and enjoyable?

The happy, kind, positive energy of the whole community, which is palpable.

What has been your biggest achievement as a teacher in a school?

A conductor makes no sound and must enable all the musicians to give their best. Others often point to orchestral and choral concerts I have conducted as big achievements, but these are easy to see. I think my bigger achievements have actually been behind the scenes, leading improvements so that everyone can achieve well academically – the less obvious things like school timetables, reports, assessment and feedback on learning.

What has been your biggest challenge as a teacher in a school?

Accepting that everything changes constantly in education. Once I understood this, being adaptable became a way of life. I became a better teacher when I realised that adaptability would be essential even if governments and exam boards were not regularly changing things. It is exciting that every child is an individual whose mind is growing and developing in unique ways all the time - and the world they are growing into is progressing and changing just as much.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

At the moment I am doing lots of DIY in my new home, but I am hoping to be able to get back to some cycling training soon and some singing and composing.

Tell us something surprising about yourself

I have been supporting Cheltenham Town FC since they joined the Football League in 1999.

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