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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

17/09/19

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Lovely morning at Wemyss Road- so rewarding to see the girls enjoying their inspiring spaces https://t.co/VYz2nqokRM

16/09/19

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Yr5 https://t.co/KeTdB1UAyM

16/09/19

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And more warriors https://t.co/QkZl3kqRQi

16/09/19

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Amazing work from Yr5 bringing maths into an environmental project - https://t.co/pTpX1vDCcf

16/09/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Great break time meeting with Head Girl team. We look for in our leaders and these four are full of it! https://t.co/qB11hHUFMU

12/09/19

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

So impressed with this prototype that one of our students made on her work experience at . https://t.co/Mtxc3N1EHw

12/09/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

So much food for thought from our first lecture of term by - I particularly liked the thought that ‘Plan B doesn’t have to suck!’ Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your wisdom. https://t.co/RVtshTkKfT

11/09/19

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Stumbled across this in the common room and I just love it 😊 https://t.co/wZarQ2wDvU

10/09/19

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What a treat - one-off special performance of Edinburgh fringe production! Hugely enjoyable 👏🏽 https://t.co/meiArFziZn

09/09/19

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Fitness Club this morning!! What an amazing turn out for 7:30am! 💪🏼 https://t.co/JddMX7GoFx

06/09/19

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Fantastic day with students from for our Inspire Conference. Thank you to all our speakers, and especially to our new sixth formers for being so brilliant. https://t.co/VZ3ubvX1Cz

06/09/19

Words of wisdom on university applications, courses and utilising the GDST network from Blackheath alumna Liz Isaacs in the Alumnae Network session https://t.co/XPn4yzXg2V

06/09/19

Retweeted From Hayley Barnard

Thank you so much for letting me be part of your brilliant event again.

06/09/19

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Autumn term club lists bursting at the seams https://t.co/C2rpJvyvzv

06/09/19

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Mingle bingo! Great to see girls from a number of schools at today’s Inspire East conference https://t.co/LFUAEvyvOD

06/09/19

Motivating and practical tips on cultivating resilience from for Sixth Formers today at the conference at Churchill College in Cambridge https://t.co/TxIL0Ir3gv

05/09/19

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Lucky Year 11 students off to see Macbeth for GCSE English. Great being so close to this! https://t.co/6B11D6HvTF

05/09/19

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Starting the morning right with year 6 tag rugby 🏉 🌞 https://t.co/HNmatKkt7Q

05/09/19

Another spot on the shortlist for our inspired buildings. Congratulations https://t.co/RKjwKm1mKr

05/09/19

Off to a strong start in Year 7 Maths with a group "Unique Handshake" exercise to demonstrate triangular numbers 🤝🤝 https://t.co/xyiZns1gb1

05/09/19

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Record breaking number of Year 7s at the Netball trials tonight! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/frFlnk8z69

04/09/19

As we start our second academic year in our beautiful new Senior school it isn't at all surprising that have been shortlisted in the Architects' Journal 2019 for their work on our stunning new buildings. Congratulations to the team! https://t.co/m6FTh28GKT

03/09/19

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👍This pic says it all! She had the “best day everrrr” & “it was amazing” thank you so much ⁦⁩ 🙏🏼 seniors 💐 🤩👍 https://t.co/u9yldy51BT

02/09/19

Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for your generous support https://t.co/eCHRx7yqzT

02/09/19

Welcome back to school everyone! Thank you for the welcoming wave, featuring the stunning, newly installed, stained glass panels at the Junior School. https://t.co/AKvDwSSG4k

30/08/19

Our annual KS3 Art exhibition is just around the corner! Find out more here: https://t.co/zwe1UmuSqe https://t.co/fsDHMJhOa2

30/08/19

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Your back-to-school checklist: Hopes ✔️ Dreams ✔️ Perseverance ✔️ Energy ✔️ Enthusiasm ✔️ Fun ✔️ Kindness ✔️ Imagination ✔️ Intellect ✔️ Wit ✔️ And pens. You can never have too many pens. 🖊️

23/08/19

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All Ahead - girls achieve best ever results for their school! https://t.co/zfXc3b9lKD

22/08/19

So proud of our students' wonderful GCSE results, reflecting their hard work, dedication and talent. Read more here: https://t.co/51Vd7L1fjW https://t.co/8TacyAk8q7

22/08/19

What a year for Mia. From having her artwork selected to hang in the to star studded GCSE results, Mia commented “So surreal to see my artwork in the Royal Academy and so surreal to see my results here today” https://t.co/L6weaWp8OY

22/08/19

Trisha is celebrating straight 7/8/9 or A/A* grades and can’t wait to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths and pursue her dream of becoming a paediatrician. Well done Trisha! https://t.co/yAfXWc85KY

22/08/19

Miriam, who has just completed work experience at Cambridge University is celebrating 9 A*’s and an A and will go on to study French, Biology, Chemistry and Maths . Her puppy, Tess, was also overjoyed! https://t.co/AXLWrawE81

22/08/19

Dilmi is thrilled with 11 8/9/A*s and looking forward to studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths with a view to studying Medicine at University https://t.co/TBW7MQVym7

22/08/19

It is an honour to be able to celebrate our best ever GCSE’s with students as they receive their phenomenal results. We’re so proud of all of you, girls! https://t.co/S4tS5OuG7s

22/08/19

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

Very best wishes to all students collecting results today. Please come in via Westcombe House from 9am.

November 11

Educational Comment from the Senior Leadership Team - Mrs Chandler-Thompson

Developments in post-school options

Supporting your daughters through the maze of applying for universities or jobs can be a bewildering experience. Compared to when many of us applied to university, there seems to be an ever-expanding range of choices of institutions, courses and countries to consider. Add the question of finance and job prospects in a tough market into the equation and the whole prospect can be somewhat overwhelming. The following is a digest of some of the more current developments affecting our students:

Apprenticeships and Sponsored Degrees

Increasingly, industry is looking to recruit school graduates through apprenticeships or sponsored degrees, offering students a chance to acquire a degree without the burden of a significant debt. In an interview with the Times on November 8th 2016, Sir James Dyson announced the opening of a research and development campus in Wiltshire, ‘The Dyson Institute of Technology’, in partnership with the University of Warwick. He is looking to recruit 100 engineering students annually (with AAB in subjects including Maths and Science). Successful applicants will have their tuition fees paid and receive a salary of up to £16,000, working on live projects as well as benefitting from lectures and laboratory work.

Find out more:

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dyson-university-is-a-wake-up-call-for-higher-education-gjgnz5gls

European Universities

Growing numbers of students are considering applying to European universities for degrees, particularly medicine. Universities like Humanitas University in Milan, or the University of Prague offer a medical degree taught entirely in English. Fees are competitive and students benefit from a whole new cultural experience too; resilience and capacity for learning languages is essential for interested girls. Of course, the impact of Brexit upon such options are yet to be fully understood.

Find out more: 

www.hunimed.eu

www.lf1.cuni.cz/en/master-studies

Unconditional Offers

UK Universities are becoming increasingly flexible in their offers to Sixth Form students, since the government lifted the cap on undergraduate numbers. Our recent experience suggests that unconditional offers are making a reappearance in the UCAS system (several of our girls received unconditional offers last year) and that while typical offers are pitched very high, universities are anecdotally more flexible if a student misses an offer by one grade on results day.

Private Universities

There are also more flexible courses being offered by private universities, such as the University of Buckingham, headed by former Wellington Headmaster, Sir Anthony Seldon. Offering two year degree courses, with considerably lower fees and a more intimate campus feel; it is a new option for students to consider. Uniquely, Buckingham offers a January start to the academic year, allowing students to apply once A-level results are known.

Find out more:

www.buckingham.ac.uk

The Oxbridge Application Process

The Oxbridge application process, in the light of the demise of AS-level, is increasingly reverting to in-house aptitude tests pre-interview, in order to pre-select interview applicants. Cambridge has re-introduced aptitude tests this year; a long-established practice at Oxford. At school, departments work with the girls to familiarise themselves with the format and gain confidence in the necessary requirements.

Find out more: 

http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/tests?wssl=1

Choosing a Degree

The process of long-listing universities has become a much more methodical and evidence-based process than it was in the 90s when we simply picked from the Russell Group and only considered subjects we had studied in school. Blackheath High Sixth Form girls now benefit from school enrolment in the programme ‘Unifrog’. With access to the details of graduate employment, tuition costs, teaching ratings and average salaries post-graduation, this programme allows students to make evidence-based decisions about suitable courses to apply for and even suggests related courses that they might not have considered.

Find out more: 

www.unifrog.org

Help from GDST Alumnae

One of the many advantages of attending a GDST school, is the access to a huge network of more than 70,000 GDST graduates at university and in the world of work. GDST has begun to set up university and career networking groups that our graduates can gain access and contribute to. A first step might be asking questions about a particular university course, but the potential to make mentoring contacts or network for future careers are limitless.

Find out more: 

www.gdst.net/alumnae

Of course there is plenty of support from our universities and careers team for the girls. Guidance is drip-fed each year, with a more explicit focus on higher education as girls embark upon GCSEs. At Higher Education evenings, parents are also welcomed to hear the advice that girls are receiving, and benefit from hearing expert speakers and admissions tutors.

The message is: it’s a buyers’ market out there. Well-educated, ambitious and self-motivated students such as ours, have a breadth of exciting options to consider. With good research, sage advice and thoughtful preparation, there are exciting pathways for all to choose from.

Mrs Chandler-Thompson
Headteacher

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