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10/08/22

Girls, Power and Change: taking a look back at one of the Girls’ Day School Trust inspirational 'Raise Her Up' podcast series. This episode focuses on business leader and GDST alumna Debbie Wosskow. Listen to the podcast: https://t.co/HfLlkytgue https://t.co/NwrT7yg87g

08/08/22

Warming up for the Edinburgh Fringe…our Year 11-13 drama students have been in the thick of rehearsals for the upcoming festival and will be performing in the 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' 8-12 August. Break a leg girls! To book tickets: https://t.co/wu5t4gBGr0 https://t.co/qjHLedqYC0

04/08/22

Dream Big: at Blackheath High we encourage our students to chase their dreams with conviction. Take a tour of Sixth Form - a GDST school recently rated ‘Excellent in all areas’ by the ISI in 2022. Book now for our Open Morning on Saturday 1 October: https://t.co/9E0HdTFueC https://t.co/Q9FHwG0XgX

03/08/22

Congratulations - what a match! Women in sport at their finest, inspiring the nation and the next generation. https://t.co/EwA4hbB4a9

03/08/22

Congratulations . Women in sport at their finest!

03/08/22

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23 players, 23 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS! (A 🏆 thread...) https://t.co/tamY9CaSPY

03/08/22

Some fab photos coming in for the competition! Snap a pic of your favourite summer holiday location and don't forget to make a heart shape with your hands. Get inspired by the sun-filled holiday pics and send your entries to on Twitter or Instagram. https://t.co/dMdEzsmxfg

02/08/22

We are delighted to announce that our outgoing Head Student, Sharmalyne, has been awarded one of three University Scholarships bestowed by the Girls' Day School Trust – the Frederica Lord Scholarship. Very well deserved Sharmalyne - best of luck for your next chapter. https://t.co/xpyaz6fnrr

01/08/22

With only 5% of music performed on the concert platform composed by women, we set out to celebrate and inspire through the power of at our inaugural Women In Music Festival, including our summer concert finale. https://t.co/haDsXDrn7p https://t.co/vxnGTzeHpx

29/07/22

Congratulations to a number of our students passing their Silver and Bronze Arts Awards. Similar to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, but for the Arts, it is a fantastic way for students to develop their understanding of the Arts in its widest context. https://t.co/vUvE6PCJDg https://t.co/xUK9AqU71y

28/07/22

We are delighted to announce the winners of another creative Geography competition. The Year 7 competition was to create a 'typography' of a London borough to celebrate its individuality - a competition run by the London Eye and Lastminute. https://t.co/nkDvWmodZ5 https://t.co/6fPnsfHbmF

26/07/22

Undivided at Junior School: One year on our initiative has raised awareness of cultural, mental and physical differences, in a sensitive, age-appropriate way. Our Welcome Clubs help support the curriculum, challenge misconceptions and celebrate diversity. https://t.co/OqGbHPRo7E https://t.co/xIc1ZrHOqt

25/07/22

Year 3 go pond dipping at Senior School Eco Club. The girls had a wonderful time - pond dipping, where they found plenty of creatures including a couple of newts; meeting and feeding the guinea pigs; and painting rocks to decorate the pond area. https://t.co/yAyPSxnV75 https://t.co/mrj3pbE6P1

22/07/22

Congratulations to Eco Club, who has been honoured with a Distinction by the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award scheme, recognising the school's environmental credentials and actions in: biodiversity; recycling; sustainable transport; and much more. https://t.co/12hWpgPqB0 https://t.co/338omQasaL

21/07/22

Be Ambitious, Be Brave, Be Curious. We encourage our students to push their boundaries. Discover Blackheath High Junior School GDST - recently rated ‘Excellent in all areas’ by the ISI in 2022. Book now for our Open Morning Saturday 1 October: https://t.co/EdEsdkJFpt https://t.co/DwpmpQessw

20/07/22

Artistic licence unleashed: with the annual self-portraits at Junior School. Both old and new techniques were used by the girls in their self-portraits as students experimented with materials, mirrors and technology. https://t.co/cnzDx0d4lb https://t.co/XnWL5usdhf

19/07/22

An abundance of energy and enthusiasm was seen from Year 10 Drama students in a workshop led by the Splendid Theatre Company. We saw some truly engaging pieces of original theatre, as the group pushed themselves out of their comfort zones. Splendid! https://t.co/LSAj9FVhl9 https://t.co/VqXiWAcpxV

18/07/22

Blooming marvellous: a group of Year 7 students enter the Historical Royal Palaces ‘Superbloom’ competition with their fabulous sunflower design for a stunning jumpsuit and dress, perhaps following in the footsteps of fashion icon and Alumna, Mary Quant. https://t.co/7nYBwnqPDw https://t.co/JUUfWhRh7z

15/07/22

Be Daring, Dream Big. We support and inspire our girls all the way from Nursery to Sixth Form. Book a place at one of our Open Mornings at Junior School and Senior School on Saturday 1 October, including tours of our fantastic Sixth Form Centre. Book now: https://t.co/UWm92plFwr https://t.co/SkHPPv5MLV

14/07/22

Our photography competition at Senior School is back! Students must submit their best pics of their favourite summer holiday locations and including hands forming a heart shape. Entries to the team or via by 9 September please. https://t.co/nK6AAPJir5 https://t.co/mqaQ9fR5gI

13/07/22

Year 2 gained a world of knowledge on their trip to Tower Bridge, an integral part of their learning journey on engineering and resilience. Engines, glass walkways, jumping buses and animation workshops all came joyously to life. https://t.co/CHZKITzgjR https://t.co/4SOpPJFfoS

12/07/22

Year 9 make their own special bubble tea (not for drinking!). Implementing their learnings in Bioenergetics, Year 9 carried out a fun practical to investigate light intensity on the mean rate of photosynthesis, using algae beads that they made themselves. https://t.co/fMwWzr79yf https://t.co/nsDQMI1X7r

11/07/22

Absolutely fabulous to see our Sports Days back in action! There were great performances and displays of athleticism and sportsmanship – well done everyone. The House wins go to Paragon for the Junior School and Vanbrugh for the Senior School. https://t.co/63zFzQ1vlT https://t.co/lMYSYIbCAg

07/07/22

Bamboo Bike Club's creation looks 'wheely' good! https://t.co/WrpcOVtZ9t

07/07/22

It's the end of an era! We wish all our departing Y6s a wonderful summer and a bright future 🌞💖 https://t.co/H4Gqjc91KV

07/07/22

A wonderful celebration of our inclusive school - and a fantastic, global lunch to go with it! https://t.co/AiknhoyjDG

07/07/22

Year 9 students had a great time passing their qualifier expedition of their Bronze DofE after being brilliantly prepared following their practice expedition. Well done girls! https://t.co/Pxa9GVfmzN https://t.co/0JW5BaJCfm

06/07/22

Today is Blackheath High's International Day! To celebrate, our Senior girls have dressed up in traditional clothing from around the world, and we were all treated to a delicious international buffet lunch in the quad. Bon appetit! https://t.co/509QltrUDX

06/07/22

Studying ‘Fantastic Places’: our Year 7 Humanities Greenwich field trip to Greenwich Park and the iconic Cutty Sark was a lovely example of our departments working together, interweaving the school curriculums, while having fun! https://t.co/JLR0TViGnh https://t.co/75Lc9Yuhj2

05/07/22

Delicious cherries handpicked by our Year 1 school councillors this summer term. After some expert student sampling and taste testing by Mrs Skevington, the harvest was shared with the rest of the year. https://t.co/2Ylru6PBI4 https://t.co/nYNAS9BG88

04/07/22

Wherefor art thou...‘Romeo and Juliet’ by The Globe Players. The Globe players gave a superb performance of Shakespeare classic for Year 9. “An excellent workshop and great learning opportunity” - read our Year 9 Issy’s Student Review. https://t.co/4n3hZhnnlW https://t.co/DPHtcX8Ocz

04/07/22

Wonderful assembly, thank you to everyone who took part! https://t.co/DQzmiTixbF

04/07/22

Great work, Mighty Girls 🎨🖌 https://t.co/QPxZK1SVwg

04/07/22

When summer gives us 30 degree days, Eco Club make lemonade. Despite the sweltering heat the Eco Club managed to make some delicious homemade lemonade, raising £60 to go towards plants for Eco Club. Unbe-leaf-able! https://t.co/LHlkcdUUyI https://t.co/Yho4HIUg1o

01/07/22

Production of ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’ by Year 5 and 6 was a roaring success. The girls took to the stage, playing to a packed audience and putting on a spectacular show. Well done Year 5 and 6, we are all very proud of you! https://t.co/TnYGnjzomN https://t.co/s9upR6SSOG

01/07/22

Did you read about our rowathon? Senior School girls rowed for 8 hours across the day, fundraising for LGBTQ+ Mental Wellbeing charity ‘Mind Out’. The students had a great day and gave it their all, raising over £300! https://t.co/Gug55P4Abp https://t.co/yR2X27VETf

01/07/22

A rare opportunity at Blackheath High Junior School in September 2022 - recently rated ‘excellent in all areas’ by the ISI in 2022, it's an exciting time to join our exceptional Junior School. We are accepting applications for Years 3 & 4 - apply today: https://t.co/rapa01XgOS https://t.co/AzPt9Ni29O

30/06/22

A night under the stars at The BHSA Summer Festival. An incredibly lovely event at the heart of our collaborative and community-led school. So many fun activities - face painting, inflatables, bushcraft skills, a “silent” movie and fabulous food to boot. https://t.co/rU2OgrwmsN https://t.co/k7rVgP5BKc

30/06/22

Lola in Year 9 is on a roll! Many congratulations to Lola and her pony Spot on winning more firsts in their equestrian show jumping events, amongst very experienced riders. As ever we are very proud. https://t.co/qPcMmeI08k https://t.co/NC7WDYkVsk

30/06/22

A really engaging assembly. Thank you to Sarra for showing us the real work going on behind the scenes to contribute towards a more sustainable future 🌍 https://t.co/RBaaDN608Y

Guided Home Learning

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were highly impressed with how our students, parents and teachers adapted in unprecedented times. Below is a summary of our Guided Home Learning plan, demonstrating the whole school's efforts to keep upbeat and achieving even when remote. 

“The programme and approach has been nothing short of exceptional and at the right level in terms of amount, use of screens and our ability to accommodate our other commitments.”

- Junior School Parent

 

Students can expect to follow their full timetable using their school issued iPads, including Form Time, Assemblies, selected Co-Curricular Clubs, National Competitions, Concerts and GDST Conferences, virtually. Our Guided Home Learning provision is a combination of live lessons on Microsoft Teams and work set on Firefly, our internal virtual learning platform. Some examples of home teaching approaches include:

  • Live teaching lessons (online) - full class, small group teaching and 1:1
  • Pre-recorded teaching 
  • Every girl in KS1 participates in a live 1:1 focussed reading session on MS Teams with a Teacher
  • Textbooks and reading books students have at home
  • Printed home packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Long-term project work and/or research activities 
  • Co-curricular activities 

Please read the GDST digital guide to Guided Home Learning to find out more about how we continue to educate our girls in times of school building closure, or read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently asked questions

Will my daughter be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, some of our practical lessons, such as Drama, may follow a different format to usual, but they will still be covering the curriculum.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my daughter each day?
In the Senior School, the full timetable is followed, including form time and clubs. This means students will be logged on from 8.30 am until 3.45 pm, with the usual break times. They will also follow their normal homework timetable, though teachers may set shorter tasks. Tasks will be adapted to ensure screen time is limited, where possible.

Sixth Form students will still have study periods in which to complete homework, private study, UCAS statements and more.

How will my daughter access Guided Home Learning?
All pupils in Years 3-11 have a school issued iPad. All students in the Sixth Form either have their own Macbook device or have been loaned one by school. Live lessons will take place on Microsoft Teams. Non-live lessons (if a teacher is unwell) and homework is set on our internal Virtual Learning Environment, Firefly. Parents can have access to tasks set on Firefly if added by the teacher.

What co-curricular opportunities do the students have access to during times of Guided Home Learning?
A number of Clubs have continued; Fitness club, Dance club, Book Club, Poetry club, French Club, Eco Club, Art Club as well as many Music Ensembles, to give a flavour. Other examples include Peripatetic Music Lessons, as well as many Music ensembles, rehearsals and concerts.

Our weekly Wollstonecraft Speaker Series, hosting pioneering female speakers to inspire our students, has continued virtually throughout. For example, during the first national lockdown we welcomed Professor Martina Michelleti, vaccine expert from UCL, to talk about vaccine development - never before has a talk been so relevant.

In our virtual 'Languages Week', the girls became 'Blackheath Spies' in an incredibly exciting spy themed week. Throughout the week, the students took part in missions in French, Spanish and German. They also had taster lessons in Mandarin, Russian, Arabic and Korean, as well as experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime live and interactive talk from a GCHQ linguist special guest.

And just for fun, our BHS Bake-off competition has kept students and families busy with a 10-week cooking competition, with a new recipe set every fortnight! #BlackheathHighBakeoff

How will you support my daughter's access Guided Home Learning?
We are always here to support students when they need it. Should a student have a faulty device or any IT-related issues that affects their learning they should inform the IT service desk, which is overseen by our technical team, and we will arrange for a replacement to be issued temporarily. Teachers will not set any work that requires a printer to be used, as students are trained on how to annotate documents on an iPad and submit their work through Firefly and Teams. If students do not have online access, we will work with them and their families to give alternative provision.

What are your expectations for my daughter's engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect students to be ready to learn at 8.30am, in an appropriate environment. They should be fully prepared for the day ahead, ensuring they have all resources for lessons organised in advance. Parents can support by ensuring the above happens and that students are ready to learn. We also ask parents to encourage students to take regular breaks.

How will you assess my daughter's work and progress?
Teachers will continue to assess work in the usual way to ensure progress and attainment levels are reached. Some may give whole class feedback, written feedback or verbal feedback. Various software programmes are used to assess understanding.

What additional support do you provide for pupils with particular needs?
Our SEND team has recently expanded so we have an excellent provision in place to support these students. 

 

Keeping our Community together

Year 2s enjoying their live Music class 

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Staying active daily with our #GDSTGETACTIVE Challenge

Fitness Forward for GHL webpage

A lockdown Summer Music Concert


Our 140th Year of Promise Sustainability campaign - the whole school community has made enironmental pledges

140pledges

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is always paramount at Blackheath High School. We have worked hard to maintain our strong wellbeing and pastoral care during the global pandemic to support our girls and staff, especially during times of school closure.

Some examples of this include: 

  • Weekly wellbeing topics are covered in PSHEE lessons and Tutor Time 
  • Our Tutors meet with girls twice a day for regular check-ins and group discussion 
  • Our Pastoral team meet regularly with students who may need more support
  • The Student Peer Mentors meet regularly via Microsoft Teams to continue running their student-led support service, and are always on hand to support students 1:1
  • The School Counsellor is holding 1:1 counselling sessions with students via Microsoft Teams
  • To give the students a rest from their computers, we hosted our ‘Escape The Screen’ day with activities for students and staff to energise and refresh such as yoga, painting, chess playing, gardening, baking, and even bird watching in the RSBP Big School Watch 2021 
  • Our Action for Happiness calendar is followed by students, families and staff, and is great way of staying uplifted and connected

Happiness Calendar

In the media:
Our Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson and Head of Junior School, Sarah Skevington talk to School Report magazine on how our girls thrived despite the difficult lockdown.