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05/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Happy Friday why not work your way into the weekend with the quick but challenging plank challenge? Good core strength is vital, give it a go. https://t.co/luLDDHRYOS

04/06/20

What a brilliant, creative space, Izzy. https://t.co/qMHcpiiRAY

04/06/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Morning all community. Spend a few minutes joining the 50 club to get those endorphins buzzing today. https://t.co/P42UwLdnHb

03/06/20

Today's workout is perfect for the slightly cooler weather. Thank you https://t.co/NJejYU0hIX

02/06/20

Sounds glorious! https://t.co/NL566Fu8uc

02/06/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Perfect day for a picnic lunch in Reception https://t.co/8K3CZHK2B3

02/06/20

If playgrounds could smile... 🥰 https://t.co/9XuI9bg5JW

02/06/20

Lovely to see, and thank you for sharing 😊 https://t.co/TESYSzEvVk

02/06/20

A big, warm, Blackheath welcome back to many of our Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 girls today. Your energy and positivity is lighting up both schools, we are so happy to see you again. As always, thank you to parents for your patience and adaptability as we adjust to new challenges. https://t.co/a2tCFLebdp

01/06/20

Retweeted From Steven Henderson

We had a thorough day of training and preparing today. Really looking forward to welcoming back more pupils into our school buildings tomorrow.

01/06/20

Here comes - and with it a lovely guide from on how to bring a slice of joy into every day of the month 💐 https://t.co/hEpAG2SXIn

01/06/20

Wow, Jasmin! Delighted to hear your sculpture has been selected by the Royal Academy for their summer exhibition. Well deserved indeed. https://t.co/5808YEfcHg

01/06/20

A truly unique challenge from today! https://t.co/UBV8jbuCRx

29/05/20

As the newly elected Head Girl Team takes the lead of the next academic year, our outgoing team give us their final thoughts and farewells. https://t.co/2H5JUk9wug https://t.co/J1kXv1yt2i

29/05/20

Retweeted From Westcomberesident

Hey, how about a few more Retweets for these amazing singers from and their rendition of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. It’s brilliant! 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/1i8wLB21UU

27/05/20

Looking for an exciting opportunity to use your event organisation, marketing and relationship building skills? We are recruiting for a Marketing Events & Alumnae Relations Officer - PT / Flexible Maternity Cover https://t.co/EomGqo8F41 https://t.co/ZUreKUmyUG

27/05/20

Even though Year 11 are unable to do their exams, it didn't stop Kai from creating this truly amazing animation entitled 'Hope'. https://t.co/jfryA4Zm2E https://t.co/tPLrG3QieN

26/05/20

Today’s Evening Standard featuring YR 6 pupil, Emma, and her BHS for NHS fundraising design. Well done, Emma! We are very proud of your community, creative and entrepreneurial spirit https://t.co/2XYbRhvmpT

25/05/20

As part of the English lessons via Guided Home Learning, Year 8 put together storyboards based on Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and they gave us some incredible results! https://t.co/jklGu5JqAx https://t.co/SvKxt3HUvR

22/05/20

In case you missed our stunning performance of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars today - you can watch the winning music video here https://t.co/lYAwe4tcsi Well done - you absolute superstars Enjoy! https://t.co/9xUSF5Blk0

22/05/20

Huge congratulations to our very own ‘The Rolling Tones’ and 'Higgins Quartet' who have won the People's Choice Award in today’s ! Talk about ending the half-term on a high note! 🎤🥳 https://t.co/a2SjB6olNE

22/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Very moved to receive this lovely gift from parents thanking us for provision. Our honour ❤️ https://t.co/jCQM8B7oU0

22/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A Half Term Bingo challenge to keep the community in high spirits over the break. Keep active and enjoy! https://t.co/u04JDbPTAo

22/05/20

We can’t wait for the , the most anticipated music event of 2020, broadcasting live to girls around the country from 10am today! https://t.co/DeTFlfto0T

21/05/20

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more 🙋‍♀️ sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this - This challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/VRGon8Gb0C

21/05/20

Hands up if you need to engage your core muscles more! Sitting at the computer all day can lead to poor posture, a strong core can improve this – today’s Fitness Forward challenge will only take a few minutes! https://t.co/nmEMdCO3WV

21/05/20

This is extremely fascinating to us as, unfortunately, records of the history of this part of our school (which we moved our Senior School & Sixth Form to in 1994, after it had been home to The Church Army since 1965) are limited. Please keep us updated on any discoveries!

21/05/20

Retweeted From Inspiring Change Makers

We hope you are all ready! Here's the link for easy access: https://t.co/zA5cLL7c6j https://t.co/enwoSLtnnc

20/05/20

Our students are excited to be some of the 20,000 young women taking part in the Inspiring Change Makers Summit tomorrow! You can download resources and watch videos ahead of the summit here: https://t.co/Od2hDhpfv2 https://t.co/2qrucJNAoW

20/05/20

It's and we are feeling especially grateful for our supportive community who remind us that we are appreciated throughout the year 🥰 https://t.co/vVwqwHwLT4

19/05/20

Only an hour to go until Mrs Gunton's melodic Kitchen Samba session! Follow the link below and make some music 🎶🎶 https://t.co/u1ouHCSPO7

19/05/20

Ella in Year 6 has created a bug hotel using an old wine box. Not only embracing the ‘reuse’ initiative, but also considering some of our smallest creatures that deserve a nice place to live too. Well done, Ella! https://t.co/zo4g63hM2U

19/05/20

Mrs Rosado has been using leftover tiles from the garage to make her rainbow in support of the NHS – it looks fab Mrs Rosado! https://t.co/CUXpZiPqPT

19/05/20

Some fabulous entries to the House Compettion have come in this week. Here, Betty in Year 6 has made this excellent message reminding us to ‘reuse’. Great work Betty! https://t.co/qUUgeOJbgT

18/05/20

Play your cards right! Another creative way to from https://t.co/eVWHAZn0xC

15/05/20

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Mrs W’s guided home learning task exceeding safe cuteness levels ! Next best thing to a hug ❤️ https://t.co/495oKkahDk

15/05/20

Get ready to tune in on the 22 May for the musical event of the summer! The first GDST Song Contest will be broadcast live to GDST girls around the country during the school day, so get your votes ready for Blackheath High! https://t.co/7V5hdSN4uo

15/05/20

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

"I never doubted whether I was good enough or qualified enough, I just believed I was capable enough, and definitely taught me that" — Victoria Barnett's story. https://t.co/0YzSMee0Kv

15/05/20

Stay mindful and take care of yourselves over the weekend. https://t.co/FxIM24Cp0V

15/05/20

Incredible work is still coming in for the House Competition. Resha, Yr 6 reused a Pringles pack, old jeans and buttons to make a pen holder, Really useful! https://t.co/F3Y11lIbg0

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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