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17/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Society

Blackheath and Greenwich in literature talk by Blake Morrison local author and society member. 1st july 7.30pm . Tickets £10. More info https://t.co/AxJl5MXXgV

17/06/21

Year 12 Biology students joined a live Ecology Webinar today from about the documentary ‘A life on our planet’ by . Fascinating! 🌳 https://t.co/aBUMZUBMxT

16/06/21

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Anyone else jealous of ‘s Florence having a lunchtime dip? Just me then. 😎 https://t.co/oHxpIgrotY

15/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Halls

We are looking for talented young singers (Year 3-Year 11) to join our Youth Choir. Taster Day on Saturday 26 June from 11am-3pm at Blackheath Halls. For more info or to register visit https://t.co/Nir47J8LHI https://t.co/bAhJD6PtI3

15/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Enjoying a much cooler temperature this morning in Year 5 games... https://t.co/CCDyQwqgTc

15/06/21

As the temperatures soared, Year 2 took otheir spelling investigations al fresco! The girls had a great time combining their orienteering and spelling skills, which was an engaging way to revise spelling high frequency words. https://t.co/KgnxErYUv3

15/06/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

family - final days to book onto our with award-winning former editor of . Register here: https://t.co/c35stpecvU https://t.co/Npr6gLUQ1X

14/06/21

Amazing 👏👏👏 https://t.co/JZKHaO2YCx

14/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Our U14 A&B cricket teams also enjoyed a competitive but fun afternoon today, against Colfe’s. Another win for our B’s but Colfe’s A’s came out victorious, winning by just a few runs. POMS: Valerie and Millie. 🏏 https://t.co/5YMdcCNh3y

14/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/brY3LgrnfM

14/06/21

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A great afternoon of cricket for our U13A&B teams against Chis&Sid, ending in a close loss for the A’s and a win for the B’s! POMS: Jess and Amelie 🏏 https://t.co/UcI7ayTRvS

13/06/21

Retweeted From BHS Geography

A huge congratulations to Billie, Buffy, Rachel, Lucy and Breanna for completing their Silver D of E expedition section! 50km covered on the hottest weekend of the year! See our Insta for how they cooled off! 🥈🥈🥈🥈🥈

12/06/21

Thank you so much 💙 https://t.co/Cdn6oxrEs5

12/06/21

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Our sweet and gentle Ginger. 🐹🥰 https://t.co/qGJqjUptUr https://t.co/Nwsb8D7Z2K

12/06/21

Retweeted From BHS Geography

Day 2 D of E on one of the hottest days. ‘Your girls are amazing!! They're in camp already having some 19km over some fairly big hills’

12/06/21

Thank you so much for featuring us https://t.co/DEfPhEwoOX

12/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/9X8qBVOU4r

12/06/21

We're loving having Year 5 students at our Midsummer Shakespeare Experience Morning - "Though she be but little, she is fierce" 🌸 https://t.co/iDxhxgueJr

12/06/21

Retweeted From Girls' Schools Assoc

Lockdown enabled introverts to shine so we’ve redesigned school with more quiet spaces - GSA Head ⁦⁩ | News | The Times https://t.co/oG4Yf5EIzO

12/06/21

Retweeted From Rebecca Brown

Great to see these fantastic initiatives from our sister school ⁦⁩. Blackheath High School lets its wallflowers blossom with quiet spaces after lockdown | News | The Times https://t.co/c9fX9ZJXbD

12/06/21

Thank you so much https://t.co/xClbJBbiGA

12/06/21

Retweeted From The Good Schools Guide

This is exactly the innovation we’d expect from - our review highlights a number of fab new pastoral approaches at the school. Wonderful to see positive come from the miserable last year and a half. https://t.co/BbpAzlvKxg

12/06/21

Our Head discusses the future of education in today's and how we are taking learnings from lockdown to help all our students thrive. https://t.co/CEATtyUyvI https://t.co/kgflUPsNDu

12/06/21

Retweeted From Natalie Argile

Excited for our Year 5 experience day It’s been a while! https://t.co/RMT0KGkYiZ

12/06/21

We're so excited about welcoming prospective Year 5 students for our Midsummer Shakespeare Festival this morning to experience a taster of life at Blackheath High School https://t.co/RdSIaXBSBh

11/06/21

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Year 2 catch up on current events by choosing to read editions of First News. “We are commuters reading on the train!” https://t.co/OsuM19VhJ8

11/06/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

. is looking for a Deputy Head- a rare opportunity to work with our wonderful staff, students and their families- as part of our Senior Leadership Team: Work with us... https://t.co/yDFBvTBakQ

10/06/21

Year 2 had beaming smiles during their Animal Encounters workshops. The girls met a Madagascan hissing cockroach, a scorpion, a gecko, a chinchilla and a corn snake. They showed such curiosity and demonstrated an impressive grasp of scientific vocabulary. Well done brave girls! https://t.co/OnRDUOtrNb

10/06/21

Retweeted From GirlsDaySchoolTrust

Which questions would you like Lorraine Candy to address in her talk about handling your teen’s freedom this summer post-Covid? https://t.co/blZciHkVk2

09/06/21

Retweeted From Ruth Coles

And so concludes four fabulous workshops with , inspiring young girls through the work of Five Postcards and becoming composers themselves thank you for joining https://t.co/F1EdsVu6Iz

09/06/21

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

School site looking resplendent in the sunshine today- so lovely for the students to enjoy these havens of green and sunshine! https://t.co/7SXJ4E3Bwu

08/06/21

As part of the fortnight, our girls spoke with other GDST students planning to live, study and work in the cities they'll be moving to, providing a great chance to make friends ahead of the big move. Exciting! 👍 https://t.co/rK7yZGDs0C

08/06/21

So excited to begin the fortnight for our Sixth Formers. Each day from 1pm, our girls will join other GDST students for exciting events to prepare them for the next stage of their journey, including University seminars and real world ready workshops! ✨ https://t.co/NzC94o3qXQ

08/06/21

Retweeted From M-C Bonnar

What a beautiful day for a trip to https://t.co/mYLDYbASRp

07/06/21

Before Half Term, we interviewed our new Head of RE about inspiring our budding philosophers and how the subject lends itself so readily to discussion. You can read the interview here: https://t.co/s6OzpZdjuC https://t.co/1Fdls4VaHa

03/06/21

Our Nursery girls have been learning the benefits of gardening to help boost mental health. The girls have enjoyed planting both flower and vegetable seeds, dead-heading bulbs and watering the forget-me-nots and bluebells. You can find out more here: https://t.co/ZiWpAs78N7 https://t.co/b3tAOWVgXs

01/06/21

Our helpful Year 7 volunteers did a fantastic job clearing litter from the heath before Half Term. Thank you girls! 👍 https://t.co/T9jTWLDUUt

28/05/21

Goodbye and good luck to you Year 13! It's been such a pleasure and we are so proud of you all. ✨ https://t.co/EiaLwhXAHM

28/05/21

Nursery have been learning the letter ‘v’ and the girls decided to make v..v..volcanoes from papier-mâché and paint. The girls then carried out an experiment to create lava from bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Wow! 🌋 https://t.co/XnPfHOJPRE

A HISTORIC SCHOOL

ESTABLISHED IN

1880

1880

1880

Blackheath High School opened the doors to its purpose-built site in Wemyss Road in the heart of Blackheath village. 68 girls studied a curriculum of English, Mathematics, French, Latin, Art, Needlework and 'Nature Study' under the guidance of founding headmistress, Miss Allen-Olney.
1880

1880

Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise officially opened the school. In the same year, Miss Olney left to start another school and legendary headmistress, Miss Gadesden arrived. BHS became the largest school in the GDST, well known for academic achievement and engagement in social service for 'the less fortunate'.
1894

1894

Miss Gadesden appointed the school's first professionally qualified games mistress and a year later, the Trust leased a playing field in Kidbrooke for the school.

1913

In keeping with the strong feminist ethos of the school, Miss Gadesden and her staff were in strong sympathy with the suffrage movement. Staff members, ex-pupils and Miss Gadesden supported the London Society for Women's Suffrage.

1914

With the arrival of the Great War, girls knitted clothes for servicemen and packed parcels of food. The playing fields were turned into allotments and eventually requisitioned by the Army in 1916.
1919

1919

The formidable Miss Gadesden retired and her successor Miss Gale arrived with the focus of expanding the school facilities and buildings. New netball and tennis courts and a brand new Playing Field in Kidbrooke Park Road were purchased. This is still the location of our impressive floodlit AstroTurf today.

1931

Miss Gale took over the headship of fellow GDST school, Oxford High. Miss AK Lewis, classicist and modern linguist arrived to guide the school through challenging times.

1933

In the year that Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, BHS girls debated the proposition that the true spirit of nationalism is a menace to world peace.

1938

With tensions high in Europe and war expected imminently, girls were evacuated to a 'sister' school in Tunbridge Wells.

1944

With Tunbridge Wells under the flight path of German V1 rockets, the school relocated to a safer home in Taunton until September 1945.

1945

Miss McCauley, historian and Somerville graduate arrived to lead the school's return to Blackheath Village. The annual Gadesden competition, still in existence, was a regular feature on the calendar by this point.

1960

Girls regularly achieved superb academic results. In 1960, one third of those going to university went to Oxford or Cambridge.

1962

Miss Abraham joined Blackheath High as headmistress from sister school, Belvedere High.

1966

School opened its Sports Hall, with 40% of the cost raised by the whole school community. Social service was still an important feature of life at the school. 'Task Force' was a scheme focussed upon visiting disadvantaged children in Deptford. At this time the Senior Citizens' Party became an annual event.

1976

Blackheath abandoned their direct-grant status and became fully independent. Four years later, the introduction of the Assisted Places Scheme enabled the school to continue to admit girls whose families were less able to pay fees.

1978

Mrs Williams was appointed headmistress and the school celebrated its centenary two years later. A service of commemoration was held in Southwark Cathedral and a tapestry created, which hangs prominently in the Centenary Room at Vanbrugh Park today.

1989

Miss Musgrave was appointed as headmistress and she presided over the most dramatic development in the history of the school's estate; the Senior School's move across the Heath to Vanbrugh Park in 1994-5.
2000

2000

With the new millennium, came a new headmistress, Mrs Laws. Not only did she develop and expand the pastoral and co-curricular provision of the school, but she also focused on the superb communication and relationships with parents that now exists. A new floodlit AstroTurf pitch was built by the Trust in 2004 and the Theatre was installed at Vanbrugh Park.
2014

2014

Arrival of Mrs Chandler-Thompson as Head and the commencement of the £18 million-pound major redevelopment of the Vanbrugh Park site.
2018

2018

Completion of the major redevelopment of the Senior School. The girls were delighted to start the Autumn term in the all-new Senior School, now with brand new state of the art facilities - ensuring the school environment matches the excellent standard of teaching.