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Blackheath High School is an independent day school for girls in Blackheath Village in southeast London, England. It was founded in 1880 as part of the Girls' Day School Trust; the Senior School occupied a purpose built site in Wemyss Road for over 110 years.

Blackheath High School
Church Army chapel 018.jpg
Address
Vanbrugh Park

,
London
,
SE3 7AG

England
Coordinates51°28′40″N 0°00′56″E / 51.4777°N 0.0155°E / 51.4777; 0.0155Coordinates: 51°28′40″N 0°00′56″E / 51.4777°N 0.0155°E / 51.4777; 0.0155
Information
TypeIndependent day school
Motto"Inspiration, curiosity, distinction"
Established1880
FounderPrincess Louise
Local authorityGreenwich
Department for Education URN100756 Tables
HeadmistressMrs Carol Chandler-Thompson
GenderGirls
Age3 to 18
Enrolment680~
Website

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Location and historyEdit

The Senior Department is located in the former Church Army Wilson Carlile Training College (opened in 1965) in Vanbrugh Park after moving from the Wemyss Road site in Blackheath in 1993/4. The school building in Blackheath village then became the Junior department. The Vanburgh Park site includes the Church Army Chapel, a locally listed building (designed by architect Ernest Trevor Spashett) now used as a music room and dance studio. It was a state-funded direct grant grammar school (also known simply as direct grant schools) from the late 1940s until 1976.

School mottoEdit

The school's motto is "Blackheath High School – a place to grow, a place to excel". Previously it had been "Knowledge no more a fountain sealed": a reference to the days when girls had poor access to schooling, as was the case in the early years of the school.

Notable former pupilsEdit

Published historiesEdit

  • Malim, Mary Charlotte; Escreet, Henrietta Caroline (1927), The Book of Blackheath High School, Blackheath: Blackheath Press.
  • Watts, K M (1980), A History of Blackheath High School, Impart.
  • Allen, Dr Hillary (2005), Brief History of Blackheath High School GDST 1880–2005[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 21 May 2008.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dillon, Jo (4 June 2000). "Lady Jay stands accused of telling lies out of school". The Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2009.

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