Blackheath High School GDST is an independent day school in SE London for girls aged 3-18 years. Offering a broad, all-round education, it nurtures a love of learning and strong academic progress. Examination results are excellent. The school was rated excellent in its 2014 ISI inspection, and outstanding in its last OFSTED inspections. Our aim is for our girls to be happy, healthy and to achieve their true potential.
Blackheath High School has a total of 737 pupils, with 79 pupils in the Sixth Form.
Blackheath High Hosts Celebration of Fashion Icon Mary Quant
Blackheath High School GDST celebrated school alumnae and fashion icon Mary Quant in a special night with Jenny Lister, curator of the Quant Exhibition currently on at the V&A Museum.
BLACKHEATH High School GDST hosted a special evening celebrating one of its most acclaimed alumnae, Dame Mary Quant.
The work of the fashion icon was discussed at the junior school in an illustrative talk led by Jenny Lister, curator of the Quant Exhibition currently on at the V&A Museum.
Quant, whose pioneering designs gained worldwide acclaim for catering to women’s growing empowerment in the 1960s, attended Blackheath High School in the 1940s.
The evening, in partnership with the Blackheath Society and attended by the school community, delved into how Quant, often cited as being the inventor of the miniskirt, launched a fashion revolution through her catalogue of exuberant designs.
Those in attendance were encouraged to bring with them Mary Quant originals and memorabilia to be displayed on the night. This included a former designer for Quant who brought with her a collection of original clothes and dolls.
The evening explored Quant’s years at the school before she departed to transform the fashion industry forever. The event also explored how Quant’s legacy continues to influence Blackheath High and the wider world.
In the school’s case, this has been exhibited through its championing of female empowerment and commitment to the arts, fashion and textiles; the latter of which the school is a specialist in teaching.
Earlier this month, students from Blackheath High School visited the V&A exhibition where they were taught how to create dresses akin to Quant’s.
During the event last week, the school’s Year 6 students demonstrated what they had learned by showcasing their own Mary Quant style designs for the V&A Museum curator Jenny Lister.
Head at Blackheath High, Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson said: “Mary Quant was a trailblazer for women around the world.
“Her clothes were created to accommodate the newly liberated and empowered women of the 60s, and since then they have come to truly represent that amazing moment in history.
“At Blackheath High, we encourage all of our students to use their talents, be creative and strive for greatness just like Mary did. We are thrilled to celebrate her career and time at Blackheath High through this special evening.”
Blackheath High School Students STEAM Ahead with Best Ever Results
Blackheath High School GDST achieved the best GCSE results in the school's history.
Blackheath High School GDST has achieved its best ever GCSE results.
With GCSE’s now graded on a scale of one to nine, the school achieved 99% 9-4 (A*-C), with 67% 9-7(A*-A) and 41% 9-8 (A*).
This represents a 14% increase in the number of 8/9 (A*) grades over the past 5 years.
The school was especially pleased with the phenomenal results achieved in both Art and Science, with 90% 7-9 (A-A*) and 81% 7-9 (A-A*) in the subjects respectively.
This comes after a recent push from the school to focus not just on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, but STEAM (A for Arts) to ensure students full creative potential is achieved.
The results provide further evidence of how students have been able to take full advantage of the school’s recent £18 million redevelopment.
The redevelopment brought with it specialist state-of-the-art Science laboratories and teaching studios for Art, Design & Technology and Music; as well as expansive gallery and exhibition spaces.
Among the delighted students at the school today was Mia Dyson who had her GCSE Artwork exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts earlier this summer.
After achieving grades 9 and 8 (A*/A*) in Sciences and A*/A* in Science and Art, Mia will be continuing at Blackheath High to study A Level Textiles and Biology, Psychology and EPQ.
Dilmi Gunatillake from Shooters Hill was celebrating this morning having achieved straight 8s and 9s (A*s) in 11 subjects. She will be going onto study Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Blackheath High Sixth Form.
She said: “My parents and I are over the moon! I’m planning to study medicine and potentially become a Psychiatrist. I’m really fascinated about the brain, how it works, how much we don’t know and all that is there to discover.”
Head at Blackheath High, Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson said: “At Blackheath High we strive to put each of our girls in the very best position to maximise their potential in both an academic and creative sense.
“However, it is still up to the girls themselves to work hard and take full advantage of the resources around them.
“That’s what make today’s results - where we have seen girls excel across such a wide range of subject areas - so thoroughly pleasing. It’s been fantastic to see their hard work, dedication and talent recognised and rewarded today.”
Among the delighted students at the school today was Mia Dyson from New Cross who had her GCSE Artwork exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) earlier this summer
From over 6,000 works submitted, Mia’s piece ‘Babcia’ which is the Polish word for ‘Grandmother’, was chosen for display at the RA’s inaugural Young Artists' Summer Show.
After achieving grades 9 and 8 (A*/A*) in Sciences and A*/A* in Science and Art, Mia will be continuing at Blackheath High to study A Level Textiles and Biology, Psychology and EPQ.
She said: “It was so surreal to see my artwork in the Royal Academy and so surreal to see my results here today!”
Julia Bosia will be leaving Blackheath High to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
Julia excelled in Blackheath High’s dance lessons throughout junior school and has since went on to perform with the National Youth Ballet. At last year’s GDST Day of the Dance, Julia was judged to be the ballet dancer of the day. She will now be taking her extraordinary talents to a dedicated dance school.
Miriam Kennedy was in a joyous mood this morning after achieving 9 A*s and 1 A.
Miriam, a tremendously talented musician who plays both the recorder and piano won GDST Musician of the Year in 2018. She recently passed the Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (ARSM) Diploma, a post-grade 8 diploma in Music with an outstanding score of 49/50.
Today she thanked her teachers: “Mrs Beecham for always being so caring, Dr Mustafa her science teacher for continually pushing me, my French teacher Ms Milne for bringing France into the class room, and Ms Elliot, our Queen of Biology, for being such a great role model.”
Miriam will be going onto study French, Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Blackheath High Sixth Form.
Dilmi Gunatillake from Shooters Hill was celebrating having achieved straight 8s and 9s (A*s) in 11 subjects today.
She said: “My parents and I are over the moon! I’m planning to study medicine and potentially become a psychiatrist. I’m really fascinated about the brain, how it works, how much we don’t know and all that is there to discover.”
Dilmi will be studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths in Sixth Form.
Blackheath resident Trisha Medimi was delighted after achieving A*’s across the board in science.
She said: “I’d like to aim high and apply to do Medicine at Cambridge with a view to going into paediatrics. I’ve loved science here at Blackheath High. Dr Mustafa is a really excellent Chemistry teacher; he’s so engaging and makes learning brilliant fun too.”
Blackheath High’s Fab Five Achieve Fantastic A-Level Results
A-Level students at Blackheath High School GDST have achieved a set of brilliant results this year.
BLACKHEATH High School GDST students were celebrating this morning following the release of their A-Level results.
The diversity of excellent results across the school year was exhibited by the school’s Head Girl Team. The ‘Fab Five’ excelled in a wide range of subject areas and will be pursuing careers unique in nature but alike in ambition.
Among them was US student, Zoe Hadsell, who will be attending Cambridge in the Autumn to study English having achieved A A*A in French, English and Maths.
Zoe said: “I’ve wanted to go to Cambridge ever since I was aged 8, so I’m absolutely shell shocked that it’s actually happening. It was my teachers who inspired me to do English and now I’m just so excited to be going!”
Her fellow Head Girl Team member Freya Cracknell was also in a joyous mood this morning having followed up her straight A*’s at GCSE with straight A*’s at A-Level.
Upon finding out that she will be studying Biomedical Sciences with French at Manchester, Freya said: “I’m ecstatic, I really want to be a neuroscientist or research scientist and hopefully help discover a cure for cancer one day.”
Having been inspired to study sciences following her GCSE Astronomy classes at The Royal Observatory with Blackheath High, Head Girl Hana Khan will be taking a gap year to work and travel in Costa Rica before pursuing a career in medicine or natural sciences.
Rounding out the Fab Five are Monique McIntosh, who earned a well-deserved place at Kent to study Law, and Emmy McLaughlin who will be leaving Blackheath High to study Liberal Arts in Durham. Both joined the school at the age of three in the nursery.
Other success stories include Hodan Ismail and Christine Mustapha, two Blackheath High bursary students who will be the first in their families to study Medicine after achieving outstanding results.
Christine, from Blackheath, achieved grades A A B and will be attending Manchester in September. She said: “I wouldn’t have applied for medicine if it hadn’t been for my teachers who gave me the confidence to do what I wanted and achieve my full potential”.
Hodan, from Tower Hamlets achieved grades of A* A A. She said: “I’m just so pleased all the hard work has paid off!”
In a testament to the school’s tailored learning path for each student, which is nurtured and inspired by its attentive and dedicated teachers, students across the year will be leaving to study everything from Politics to Law, Medicine, World Performance and Aerospace Technology with Pilot Studies to name just a few.
With a 100% pass rate across the entire A-Level year and 60% of the grades A*, A or B, and 29% of the grades at A*/A, it was a day of excellent results for Blackheath High which is rated ‘Excellent in all areas’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and recently completed a £18 million redevelopment.
Head at Blackheath High, Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson said: “At Blackheath High we pride ourselves on inspiring individuality, so it is fantastic to see today’s results and the range of paths chosen by each of the girls.
“Given this year group’s talent, ambition and dedication to their studies, we are certain that they are going to go on to do great things in the future.
“It’s wonderful to see them rewarded today and I can speak for everyone at the school when I say that we are very proud of every single one of them.”
Ms Day, Head of Futures at Blackheath High, added “I am thrilled to see the girls go on to do such a variety of pathways. The future really is bright for them.”
Blackheath High School GDST’s Sixth Formers perform at the Edinburgh Festival
Blackheath High School GDST’s Sixth Formers are performing a production of Ionesco’s classic absurdist drama, ‘Rhinoceros’ at the Edinburgh Festival this week.
Blackheath High School GDST’s Sixth Formers are performing at the Edinburgh Festival this week. The students will perform a production of Ionesco’s classic absurdist drama, ‘Rhinoceros’ which will appear at The Space on the Mile venue from 5th – 9th August.
The company comprises 13 girls from Years 12 and 13 who made their way to Scotland for a series of five performances.
As well as taking part in their own production, students will enjoy performances and atmosphere at one of the world’s longest-established comedy and arts festivals.
Blackheath High School places huge emphasis on encouraging creativity to flourish amongst students. Drama is a very popular subject at the school, with over a third of students opting to take LAMDA courses as part of their studies. Drama not only develops communication skills, collaborative working skills and leadership skills but drama students develop an understanding and appreciation of other perspectives, encouraging empathy and open-mindedness.
Award-winning writer and composer of the 2015 sell-out show ‘UKIP! The Musical’ and Blackheath High School drama teacher, Cath Day will be directing the production.
Blackheath High School Drama Teacher Cath Day said:
“Our Sixth Formers wanted to perform a classic play which would challenge them as performers and resonate with modern audiences. “We’re living in turbulent and uncertain times, with a worrying rise in populism and intolerance. Ionesco’s play has never been more relevant or more necessary.
“How do the girls transform into rhinoceroses? You’ll have to come and see!”
Blackheath High Student’s GCSE Work Selected for Royal Academy Exhibit
The Royal Academy of Arts has selected work from Blackheath High School GDST student Mia Dyson to be displayed at their inaugural Young Artists' Summer Show.
ARTWORK from Blackheath High School GDST student Mia Dyson’s GCSE Art exam has been selected to be displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts this summer.
From over 6,000 works submitted, two of Mia’s pieces were selected to be amongst the 329 that form the prestigious online exhibition from 10 June until 31 December 2019.
Better still, one was chosen to be exhibited in the Royal Academy itself as part of the inaugural Young Artists' Summer Show between 13 July and 4 August 2019.
The piece on display is titled, ‘Babcia’ which is the Polish word for ‘Grandmother’. The touching design portrays how one can face an overwhelming loss of identity from being impacted with dementia in their life.
Regarding the work, Mia said: “In this piece I have tried to express how the consequences of dementia such as loss of memory, mobility and vision have affected the way my grandma has lived her life recently.”
One of the school’s Art Scholars, Mia will be continuing at Blackheath High to study A Level Textiles, making use of the school’s brand-new Art and Design studios which opened this year as part of a wider £18 million redevelopment.
Mia was not the only young creative talent at Blackheath High School to be recognised by the judges. Competing against work from students all the way up to Year 13 (or age 19), Year 8 Alice Jinks was also shortlisted.
The first ever Young Artists' Summer Show will be in the Clore Learning Centre at the Royal Academy with free entry.
Head of Art at Blackheath High School GDST, David Branch said: “Everyone at the school is delighted that Mia has been rewarded in this way for all her hard work and commitment throughout her GCSE Art course.
“She has produced some amazing work and the two pieces that she created for her exam were truly exceptional. Her concept was really intelligently developed and the way that she combined and explored materials showed great maturity and innovation.”
Head at Blackheath High, Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson said: “Our recent £18 million school redevelopment brought with it fantastic new art and textiles studios.
“It’s been tremendous to see students like Mia push creative boundaries, expand their potential and pull off such extraordinary and moving work in these new surroundings.
“I can speak for everyone at Blackheath High when I say we are extremely proud of Mia’s work and we can’t wait to see it rightfully displayed alongside some of the most world’s most acclaimed art.”
Local Students Empowered at Inspiring Females Summit
As a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), Blackheath High School students were invited to attend the 2019 Inspiring Females Summit at Chelsea Football Club.
BLACKHEATH High School GDST and John Roan students were among the fortunate girls in attendance at the 2019 Inspiring Females Summit on Friday.
The Summit, an initiative led by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), featured over 40 inspiring speakers for a day of networking and interactive sessions designed to prepare young women for their futures.
The conference, hosted at Chelsea Football Club, featured a wide range of inspiring speakers including Chairman of British Rowing from 2013 to 2018 and former Olympian, Annamarie Phelps CBE; England football star Katie Chapman; and a whole host of successful female entrepreneurs.
The students learned some valuable lessons from the ‘Can you be a game changer?’ TED-style talk, in which successful women from the worlds of business, literature, charity and wellbeing shared top tips on how the girls can make a difference in their futures whatever path they choose.
Students were given a choice of sessions to attend with talks led by industry experts covering careers in: journalism; healthcare; business; fashion; politics; and tech amongst others.
The day came to a close with an ‘Inspiring Dads and Daughters’ panel discussion chaired by BBC broadcaster Dr Stephanie Hare and featuring Chelsea Football Club CEO Guy Laurence.
The talk provided an opportunity for over 50 dads and daughters to learn together the best ways to take on gender stereotypes and smash glass ceilings.
Head at Blackheath High School GDST, Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson said: “There is no doubting the importance of what our students learn in the classroom on a day-to-day basis.
“But it is events like these, with such inspirational and successful speakers from every walk of life, that can really add value to a young person’s learning experience.
“It was wonderful to see not only our girls but also The John Roan School students engaging in the sessions and coming away from the day empowered to think about and begin embracing the exciting futures that lie ahead for each of them.”
Celebrities Mark Launch of Blackheath High’s New School
The all new Blackheath High School officially opened on Thursday evening with a star-studded line-up.
BLACKHEATH High School GDST’s £18 million redevelopment was officially opened on Thursday evening with a star-studded line-up including prominent women’s rights campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and ITV News Anchor Charlene White.
Criado-Perez, author of Invisible Women and who led the campaign to put Jane Austen on the £10 note, was invited by the school to mark the official opening of its new facilities.
Addressing Blackheath High parents, teachers, alumni and students, Criado-Perez’s speech touched on the need to give women the freedom and power to flourish, saying: “The way for women to escape the straight jacket society puts them in is not to denigrate them, but to raise them up.”
Channeling Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, the campaigner concluded her address by saying she hoped the all new Blackheath High School would provide the necessary space for girls to maximise their full potential: “I hope these spaces opening today give the room to flourish for generations of Blackheath girls to come.”
Criado-Perez’s speech was part of Blackheath High’s ongoing ‘Wollstonecraft Speaker Series’ where inspiring figures are invited to the school to speak to the students about their lives and careers.
Joining Caroline in marking the occasion was former Blackheath High alumna and ITV London news anchor Charlene White.
Charlene said “Hello” to her old teachers during a pre-recorded spoof news show filmed at the News at 10 studios where she now presents.
The film was shown to students at a special assembly prior to the evening reception.
The evening was officially opened by Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO of GDST, whose vision it is to shape the future of girls’ education.
Together with the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), Blackheath High school has invested £18 million over five years to provide new state of art the facilities.
These include a brand-new library and resources centre; specialist teaching environments for Art, Design & Technology and Music; cutting-edge Mac suite; and Apple technology in all classrooms for teaching and expansive gallery and exhibition spaces.
As well as investing in the girls’ learning development, the school has created a wellbeing Sedum roof garden for girls to relax and enjoy which sits above an architecturally designed courtyard with "Mini-Louvre" at the heart of the school. Also added is ‘The Pod’, a contemplation space for meditation and idea generation.
Blackheath High has also boosted its sports offer by adding a brand-new top of the range fitness suite and outdoor games court to complement their existing multi acre Sports Campus, along with a brand new Sixth Form Centre to inspire a mature, pre-university atmosphere.
Head at Blackheath High School GDST, Mrs Carol-Chandler Thompson said:
“Tonight, was one of my proudest moments as Head at Blackheath High. These new amazing facilities are going to provide our girls with the very best learning environment for them to grow and become leaders of the future.
“It was only fitting that an unstoppable woman like Caroline was here to deliver a keynote speech that will inspire our girls to really make the most of these wonderful new surroundings.”
Blackheath High School students show passion for fashion at annual show
Blackheath High School GDST students put on a remarkable show for the school community this week.
Students at Blackheath High School GDST demonstrated their extraordinary creativity on Wednesday at their annual Fashion Show.
Falling just before London Fashion Week, the students were involved in every aspect of making and showcasing an ambitious collection of chic individual garments and innovative motifs.
The annual exhibition which was originally opened by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen featured creative contributions from over 80 students across the school in roles of designers, models, performers, film makers, hair & make-up artists and technical support.
The annual Fashion Show provides girls with an opportunity to showcase their creativity in areas of fashion design and textiles, the latter of which Blackheath High is a specialist in teaching. As part of this focus the school has on occasion welcomed designers such as Jane Bowler to run workshops with the students.
Using the skills attained at the school as a launching pad, many students have gone on to study at world-renowned arts and design college Central St Martins in recent years.
Student Eve Hurst gained a place at the highly regarded Kingston Architectural Summer School last year at Hauser & Wirth in Somerset on the strength of her Textiles portfolio. Eve’s playful and exciting ‘REconSTRUCTURE’ collection exploring themes of sustainability closed last Wednesday’s show.
Imogen Gilbert, Art Teacher at Blackheath High School said: “The Fashion Show provides a great opportunity for the girls to use their creativity in harnessing the skills they have picked up in their Art and Textiles classes.
“Every year the designs are of a high standard but this year the girls really blew me away in terms of their ambition and execution.”
Head, Carol Chandler-Thompson, said: “One of the great outcomes from our recent £18 million school redevelopment was the creation of the new art and textiles studios.
"It was wonderful to see the students take advantage of the new state-of-the-art resources you’d normally expect to find at a university at their disposal and put on such a brilliant show.”