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23/07/19

Rising stars in Year 11 have impressed across the board in their work experience placements. Read more here: https://t.co/p4KwFMEaex

19/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

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19/07/19

"The only barriers are ones you have built yourself". Great advice from Apple in Year 12 on how to make the most of your summer break to step out of your comfort zone and look after yourself https://t.co/P3idC5w8hk

16/07/19

When you leave Blackheath High School, you become a member of the GDST's 70,000 strong alumnae network. It’s hard to pick just one winner for the 2019 Alumna of the Year - but you can read through the shortlist and cast your vote here: https://t.co/CNGBmhMJVa

10/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Bye bye and Nurse Sue https://t.co/JdgibYNPBy

10/07/19

It's not the end of term without the school song! Happy holidays to all 😃 https://t.co/Mh413rOBKs

09/07/19

It's always a joy to have alumnae back in school to inspire and encourage us. Thank you for speaking at Prize Giving https://t.co/0YN1Pp7LTD

08/07/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

A lovely sunny morning for our last rowing session of this year ☀️🙌🏻🚣🏼‍♀️ https://t.co/cw4ynFu5td

08/07/19

Retweeted From CRUK Blackheath shop

Enormous thanks to kindly donating all the proceeds from facepainting at their recent camp night. Such a kind & generous gesture enormously appreciated by 💖🤩😘🤜🤛💫💥🌸 https://t.co/AjbOPfU32A

08/07/19

No amount of rain could dampen spirits at the camp night over the weekend!

04/07/19

Incredible! https://t.co/pHOsUZUhNe

03/07/19

Retweeted From GDST Skills

Great to visit students from and doing work experience today. Students asked brilliant questions to vice chairman Edward Bonham Carter who encouraged them to be resilient, flexible and curious https://t.co/X7mzoSkjhy

03/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

council proudly displaying their potato harvest from the playground planters (courtesy ) . Owen of will be cooking them for lunch tomorrow produce! https://t.co/LQpHw9cw2t

03/07/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Last HIIT of the term , and you all absolutely smashed it! 💪✌️🙌 Well done for all your hard work and commitment to Wednesday morning fitness. Keep up the TABATAS over the summer! 🌞 https://t.co/epGlWitvvr

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Only ..a moving performance 🤣 https://t.co/YY0fpyWAOv

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

summer concert - pure joy! https://t.co/fU4Oy5ooZK

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

What a concert! Well done - totally unforgettable! https://t.co/KGxqZhIdWC

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Ready for another wonderful concert in a beautiful venue https://t.co/0twkknaYyY

02/07/19

Retweeted From Hollie Pearne-Webb

We can not underestimate the importance of sport and the benefits that we get from it.We need more media coverage of Womens sport so that girls get to see the amazing female role models that are out there and don't give up on sport themselves.

02/07/19

As we rally behind the , our Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson, talks to The about how an increase in awareness of women’s sport must begin with girls at school https://t.co/gKvga9cDXc

02/07/19

Retweeted From Hollie Pearne-Webb

Thank you for having me! I had a wonderful evening celebrating with you all!

02/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

inspiring evening. ❤️our Junior https://t.co/ymfLcM2QFv

02/07/19

Retweeted From Alexandra Anderson

What a fantastic evening watching so many talented girls collecting their sports awards. So proud to watch my daughter pick up a hockey award from Doesn’t get better than that! https://t.co/VyFlPgbKES

02/07/19

Retweeted From Carol Chandler-Thomp

Thank you ⁦⁩ for an inspiring message to all our ⁦⁩ sportswomen this evening - celebrate your successes and be able to acknowledge your strengths. Well done ⁦⁩ on a fab evening 🏆🤸🏾‍♂️🤸🏻‍♀️🏏🎽🏐🏑 https://t.co/vjNx9qdax7

01/07/19

It's been a great year for sport at Blackheath High, and we can't wait to celebrate our students' achievements at the Sports Awards Dinner with Olympic gold medallist this evening.

01/07/19

Well done and good luck to Sydney who will be starting her highly sought-after placement this week. https://t.co/kQMfTpdQPn

01/07/19

Retweeted From GRΔCΣ

Thank you 4 a most fabulous prom & giving our girls a really special evening. Have watched these girls grow, thrive & prosper into such happy, confident & awesome women. Thank you 4 their amazing education, your care, support & superb teaching 🙏🏼 https://t.co/yIAeudQc30

01/07/19

Retweeted From Catherine Maddison

sixth form ball silent disco ❤️ https://t.co/DknoejVR6G

01/07/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

having a lovely picnic with little sisters, brothers, grandparents and parents https://t.co/5tclbG2KRf

28/06/19

Let the Tug-o-war commence! https://t.co/pJuVGfS9wQ

28/06/19

First rounders match of the afternoon, go girls! https://t.co/8sGeizE2zx

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

Now time for the house cricket and rounders competitions ❤️💛💚💙 https://t.co/uh9JouXpTS

28/06/19

Exhausted and having a break in the midday sun. Great job already girls! https://t.co/ERgY4HR0cK

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

And we’re off! Let’s go sports day!! Best day of the year! https://t.co/JsfQ8UfWYB

28/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

House spirit in full force 💛❤️💚💙 https://t.co/Xi8Cl1IqIp

28/06/19

Great supportive energy and spirit already on Sports Day today! https://t.co/QBNZIjTB6S

27/06/19

Retweeted From Sarah Skevington

Shaken not stirred? Loving Junior orchestra getting ready for next week’s summer concert. https://t.co/G2pr1dF5ph

27/06/19

Retweeted From BlackheathHigh Sport

What a great afternoon for the Year 3 cricket teams who played some friendly games of turbo cricket with Blackheath Prep. A fun afternoon in the sun for everyone 💪🏻🏏☀️ https://t.co/q78z2DwTRl

27/06/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Spotted this female Holly Blue butterfly taking a rest on the nettles in our wildlife area this afternoon . https://t.co/8ZKtTP3DWF

27/06/19

Retweeted From Blackheath Science

Butterflies inside and out here today . Our Painted Lady caterpillars have become chrysalides (here's one caught on camera, 2nd from left). It's at this stage that the extraordinary process of metamorphosis happens. https://t.co/JYpTMPlcEw

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.