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03/07/20

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A quick fire workout to get you through to the weekend https://t.co/N1QKffW4cS

02/07/20

We hope our Year 7 of 2020 are as excited to start as we are to welcome them ☺️ https://t.co/aibwb3ZWta

02/07/20

Welcome back Year 3! https://t.co/FAC2PPfWCX

02/07/20

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Blast your way through the rest of the week with this quick workout Get your heart bumping and body moving https://t.co/vf5Ctc5A8v

02/07/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

So nice to drop in on our and Year 5s enjoying our Senior School . Looking very mature and studious! https://t.co/M3eTlX1456

01/07/20

Quite the achievement - well done girls, and thank you for keeping us moving throughout the summer term! A real bunch of superstars 💫💫💫 https://t.co/fCYvANewMm

01/07/20

A short and snappy workout for Wednesday morning from https://t.co/7eZ5XfylZa

30/06/20

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Hydration, hydration, hydration! Something we should spend more time ensuring Try this challenge to see if you are usually hydrated! https://t.co/eUIPaYFyDs

29/06/20

🎼The countdown to the premiere of our Summer Concert has begun! Still time to check you have popcorn in stock before the music starts at 6pm tomorrow: https://t.co/rE03SFl1JJ

29/06/20

A lot to look forward to in Sixth Form. https://t.co/wlPyR25s4D

29/06/20

Creating new and healthy habits can be a real challenge - do you drink enough water? 🌊 https://t.co/6KFI3nlwL0

26/06/20

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Try this 10 minute challenge to kick start your weekend Get it done! https://t.co/D9uPqp7LKb

25/06/20

Our Taster Morning experience this Saturday is so close we are ‘virtually’ there! There’s still time to register for those interested in joining Year 7 in 2021: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/634W4gu0ZJ

24/06/20

For anyone still needing to wake up today, this challenge is for you! https://t.co/yIVVTZQg0f

24/06/20

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Very good of to arrange such beautiful weather for me to greet our smiling girls at juniors this morning - I’m sure gate duty is like this all year round 🤣☔️ https://t.co/w8DqKV1U64

24/06/20

A wonderful example of Guided Home Learning - top work Misha. https://t.co/BWkRTqUy2R

23/06/20

We’re trying something a little bit different, join us this Saturday to see Blackheath High School through the eyes of a Senior School student. Year 5 girls and their parents can register here: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/f8ovlUjnAq

23/06/20

A huge well-done to everyone involved in the Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq

22/06/20

Push, push Tilly 💪 - a great sports day effort! https://t.co/YdwGZJNMRN

22/06/20

Great work girls! https://t.co/ulXQEMs4DI

22/06/20

Good work on the 15km, Kate, and good luck on the dismount 🚴🏅 https://t.co/l6BZ3RO9fQ

22/06/20

Bonus points for puppy compliance 👍👍 https://t.co/1k6mR7Vd1e

22/06/20

Brilliant. Good to see a family effort bright and early on this beautiful Monday ☀️ https://t.co/cRrKUD3Nna

22/06/20

Let's get a tally going! Join in with Sports Day and let's see how many kilometres can we collectively walk, run or cycle today. https://t.co/VE5kYBmlt8

20/06/20

Discover more about Blackheath High Senior School. Register today for our Virtual Taster Morning for Year 5 girls and their parents: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/Cb70Zem8j8

19/06/20

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Why not see how many of the world's most famous buildings you can climb over the weekend https://t.co/VcWtm3AKkb

18/06/20

Well done indeed https://t.co/P68CDctPWa

18/06/20

We are always proud of our students, and it’s always special when they are recognised by others for how brightly they shine ⭐️ So well done to Ezinne in Year 13 for being named among the 10 best Spanish students in the UK by the Spanish Embassy

17/06/20

Not long now! https://t.co/9lpulHqkKz

16/06/20

Are you considering joining our Year 7 in 2021? Register for our Virtual Taster Morning to sample lessons, take part in a live Q&A panel, and experience our all-new virtual tour for the first time: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/zEzisL0RYr

16/06/20

Delicioso! 🇪🇸 https://t.co/wASOIV4NvO

13/06/20

Immerse yourself in the world of a Blackheath High Senior School student, register for our Virtual Taster Morning for girls in Year 5 and their parents on 27 June, today: https://t.co/7Bm6jBxFNA https://t.co/7uyvjfiChV

12/06/20

A great photo of Safari featured in the - so pleased she’s happy to be back 😊 https://t.co/fWPq8hLODz

12/06/20

Thank you - we are delighted that Safari has settled back in so well! https://t.co/QPH2eGjB6c https://t.co/Ylt2pdrct5

12/06/20

We had some tremendous feedback from the girls which was hugely appreciated, thank you!

12/06/20

We truly enjoyed the programme for GDST Year 13 girls planning to study French at University, which included a four week history and culture course spanning colonialism through May 68 and exploring Impressionism and Nouvelle Vague with the girls giving presentations in week four.

12/06/20

It's been wonderful collaborating with and in the Limitless Learning Bridging Brogramme for Year 13 girls. It's been a real highlight in this strange time!

12/06/20

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Happy Friyay!!!! A 5 minute Abs blast for you today this will get you ready for a well earned weekend, enjoy. https://t.co/xeYqJBpguG

11/06/20

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"Going to a GDST school opened up a world of opportunity." Dominique Unsworth, founder of alumna talks about her time at https://t.co/ampNJmeWHq

10/06/20

Thank you 🙏

November 11

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

Developments in post-school options

Supporting your daughters in Sixth Form 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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