Blackfen School for Girls
Bexley, United Kingdom
About Blackfen School for Girls
Blackfen is the only non-selective 11-19 Girls School in the Bexley London Borough, situated in a pleasant residential area in the suburb of Sidcup. The school’s popularity and success has grown over the years, leading to the current 7 forms of entry.
The school is always oversubscribed and the current distance from school for successful applicants is 1 2/5 miles. This growth in numbers, and demand for places, has led to a number of building projects taking place. A £1 million+ project in September 2003 provided a Science laboratory, Dance / Drama studio and new RE and History classrooms. Building was completed in September 2005 of a new dining area and the 14-19 block opened in September 2006.
In August 2010 we embark on a new building project which will house the new performing arts space and a provision for visually impaired students.
In September 2004 we became a Maths and Computing Specialist School. The resources and expertise brought in have encompassed all subject areas. This is still an exciting development for the school.
For the last 4 years Blackfen’s A*-C grades have been above national averages ranging between 54 and 65%. We were named in HMCI’s Annual Report for Schools 1999-2000 and have been awarded two School Achievement Awards for 2001 and 2003. We have been redesignated in 2009 as “Investors in People Bronze Award” and take pride in our emphasis on developing as a learning community. Staff development is as important as student development and we aim to ensure that we all learn together.
The success of the school in all areas can best be explained by a combination of a committed and high quality staff with high expectations of students in everything they do. There is an effective mixture of traditional values, discipline and teaching with a progressive approach towards development and direction. A copy of the OfSTED report from May 2009 is attached.
There are 80 teaching staff at the school, organised largely within a traditional departmental structure. In September 2009 we introduced vertical tutoring with most staff having a tutor group after their NQT year. Emphasis is placed on the academic and social tutoring role of all. There are 75 members of support staff who play a full role in the school’s achievement in a range of areas. The responsibility for administrative tasks has successfully been transferred from teaching to support staff.
The school is organised to provide 50 one hour periods a fortnight with students taught mostly in mixed ability tutor groups in Year 7, with setting in Maths; progression is established in various subjects from Year 8. At Key Stage 4 students follow core subjects with three option choices; as such, most girls will take 9 GCSEs in total.
The Sixth Form (co-educational since 2002) has grown significantly over the years to over 300 students in September 2009. We offer a variety of courses ranging from ‘traditional’ subjects for AS/A2 and a growing number of vocational options.
This information is intended to give you only a short thumbnail sketch of some of the features of a developing, successful and highly sought after school. It is a school where teachers can teach and students can learn.