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Over the summer we are reflecting on the past 6 months, and how much we've learned as a community and team at Blackheath High School. Who knew we would become overnight experts in virtual events? Read the write-up of our successful @ucas_online forum here: https://t.co/KbrqM0vj5N https://t.co/JFvOWgzVH5
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From the inspirational teaching team led by @sskevington1 to the sun beaming through our iconic rainbow roof, it's easy see why our Junior School has been shortlisted for Best Prep School of the Year. Learn more at our Virtual Open Morning: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/JTXnWxW6oC
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During 2020 our entire school community has risen to new challenges & our resilient spirit has prevailed. We have also been shortlisted for both Best Girls’ School & Prep School of the Year. Register for our 26 September Virtual Open Day to find out why: https://t.co/PztNcGmzCP https://t.co/bo6bFaSjxC
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A huge well-done to everyone involved in the @BlackheathSport Virtual Senior School Sports Day. It's incredible seeing the Blackheath community keeping fit and supporting each other during lockdown. #virtualsportsday #thisgirlcan #wheregirlslearnwithoutlimits @GDST https://t.co/os9Y7YiiTq
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Our Admissions Office remains fully functioning during the school building closure period. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any enquiries to help guide you and your daughter through the admissions process.
Our students are bright, confident and enthusiastic learners with high expectations of themselves. They are prepared to step outside their comfort zones to test themselves and enjoy the new challenges and experiences that we offer.
At Blackheath High School, academic excellence is underpinned by an extensive array of co-curricular opportunities and we pride ourselves on the diversity and inclusivity of our school community. Applications are welcomed from girls and families who will embrace an environment where girls aim high, individuality is prized and girls are determined to make a difference in all they do.
We offer the follwing main entry points into the school:
Senior School 11+
Sixth Form 16+
To discuss the possibility of your daughter joining Blackheath High School, whatever stage they have reached in their education, please contact our Admissions team:
Details of our forthcoming Open and Taster events can be found in the 'Visit us' section of our website.
At Blackheath High School, we are looking for bright and enthusiastic learners who will flourish with our school curriculum. As well as academic ability, we are keen to see the girls' interests and hobbies, their attitude to learning and how they can contribute to the school community.
Applications for a place in Year 7 starting in September 2021 must be submitted by completing our online application form by October 16 2020, when your daughter is in Year 6. Please let us know, in as much detail as possible, about your daughter’s interests so that we gain a full picture of her as an individual.
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We welcome candidates to sit our 11+ admissions examinations in November 2020 (Please note this is a change of timing from previous years). Longlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an interview in January. Shortlisted Art, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates will also be invited for an additional assessment in December 2020 or January 2021. All dates can be found in our Important dates for 11+ Admissions document on this page.
Candidates will sit three examination papers: English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. The Verbal Reasoning paper tests ability to process verbal information; identify patterns; see similarities and differences between words; demonstrate rules and meaning of language and apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Free familiarisation materials for all three papers are accessible here:
We know sitting examinations might seem a daunting prospect at age 10 or 11 years old. We can reassure you that we make the examination day as positive and as friendly an experience as we can, and the warmth of our Blackheath High welcome quickly puts the girls at ease. We do not advise excessive preparation for the papers, however familiarising your daughters with the format of the papers is a useful exercise to do.
Our 11+ interviews are friendly, informal sessions to help us to get to know your daughter better and understand her passions.
In addition to the exams and interviews, we will also contact your daughter’s school for a reference to gain further background information about her progress and interests.
In February 2020, we will dispatch our offer letters. Parents have until the beginning of March to accept a place for their daughter in Year 7.
We appreciate what an important decision choosing your daughter’s future school is. We therefore invite all girls we offer Year 7 places to, to visit us with their parents for an afternoon in February after the half term break. The provides the girls with another opportunity to spend time in our school with our pupils and teachers. Their parents can meet with our Senior Leadership Team who will talk them through how we help settle our new pupils happily into Blackheath High.
At the beginning of July we invite our new Year 7 girls and their parents to an evening meeting to discuss the move into our Senior School. The girls meet their form tutors and new friends, and parents learn about life at the Seniors School, the foreign language choices that we offer our students and all the clubs and societies that we run.
There are now a small number of scholarships and places available for 13+ admissions. Please see the downloadable 'Important Dates for 13+ Admissions' document, above, for key dates.
We welcome gifted girls from local secondary schools into our Sixth Form at Blackheath High School. We also offer a range of scholarships, prizes and means-tested bursaries to students who would really benefit from studying here.
If your daughter wishes to apply for a scholarship or a means-tested bursary in our Sixth Form, she usually needs to apply for a place by early November when she is in Year 11. Our scholarship assessment exams takes place in the middle of November. All 16+ scholarship/bursary candidates sit an hour long examination of three of their chosen subjects. If candidates nominate Art as one of their assessments, they will need to submit an art portfolio.
The best performing candidates in our Sixth Form scholarship/bursary tests will be invited for a scholarship interview with the Head, who will award Sixth Form scholarships and bursaries to the most deserving girls in Year 11.
We aim to make most of our Sixth Form offers in December. Once your daughter has accepted a place in our Sixth Form, we will invite her to visit the Sixth Form to meet new classmates and gain further information about the subjects that they will be studying.
We hold half-termly Sixth Form Breakfasts where you can join us to have a coffee with Sixth Form staff and current students, take a tour of our brand new Sixth Form Centre and look in on our university-style seminars. Contact our admissions officer to book in to the next Sixth Form Breakfast event email@example.com or call Ms Allen on 02085578448.
Occasional vacancies sometimes arise as a result of families relocating. If you are interested in your daughter joining in Years 8 to 10, do contact our Senior Admissions team as soon as possible. We also appreciate that families often wish to apply for a place at Blackheath High School midway through the academic year and our Admissions team will be able to guide you further on this. All candidates must pass our entrance examinations in English and Mathematics and attend an interview with our Head. We will then approach their current school for a reference.
If you are interested in applying for a means-tested bursary, please indicate this on your application form. We will then forward you a password so that you can complete the GDST online bursary application form. Your application can then be assessed to ascertain whether or not your family will qualify for a bursary and if so, whether this could be for a full or a partial bursary.
Bursary places are extremely competitive and our bursary holders are girls who excel in both entrance assessments and at interview.
We offer a range of scholarships to gifted girls; Academic, Art, Music and Sport.
The Art, Music and Sport scholarships must be applied for by October 16th 2020. Short-listed girls will be invited to attend the following scholarship assessment days:
Music Scholarship Audition - 9th December 2020
Sport Scholarship Trial - 11th December 2020
Art Scholarship Assessment - 15th January 2021
Girls who perform outstandingly in our 11+ entrance examinations will be invited to attend an additional Academic Scholarship Interview with our Head on the 15th January 2021.
Academic scholarships and bursaries will then be awarded based upon each girl’s assessment and potential.