Blackfen School for Girls

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Blackfen School for Girls
Type Academy
Headteacher Matthew Brown
Location Blackfen Road, Sidcup
Borough of Bexley
Greater London
DA15 9NU
Coordinates: 51°26′53″N 0°06′43″E / 51.448°N 0.112°E / 51.448; 0.112
DfE number 303/4008
DfE URN 137965 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,265[1]
Gender Girls (secondary)
Mixed (sixth form)
Ages 11–19
Colours Navy and Red

Blackfen School for Girls is a girls' secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Blackfen in the London Borough of Bexley, England. Although it is a girls school, the sixth form over the past few years has become mixed.[1] This is due to the partner school Hurstmere Foundation School having no sixth form, so many pupils from Hurstmere join the sixth form in Blackfen school.[citation needed] The headmaster is currently Matthew Brown, having previously been Louise Sharples. The school gained specialist status in Maths and Computing in 2004.[1] Compared with many other secondary schools in the area, it is one of the highest achieving in terms of GCSE and A-level results. The percentage of students gaining five or more A* to C, including English and Mathematics was almost 64% in 2011, an 8% increase on the previous year. Five or more A* to C grades were gained by 82% of students and almost 25% of students gained three A* or A grades. [2]

In 2009, a sixth form teacher in the school, Keith Kinsella, was involved in a protest regarding the play England People Very Nice at London's National Theatre. He and local playwright Hussain Ismail, who led the protest, claimed that the play was racist and heavily stereotyping. They interrupted a Q&A session with the writer Richard Bean until security removed them ten minutes later, with Kinsella holding a sign exclaiming 'Proud to be living in multicultural Britain.' [3][4][5]

The school converted to academy status on 1 April 2012.


  1. ^ a b c "Blackfen School for Girls - Inspection Report". Ofsted. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-13. [dead link]
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  3. ^ "On-stage protest at 'racist' play". BBC News. 2 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Dodd, Vikram (2 March 2009). "Protesters go on National stage in play row". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ Adams, Stephen (3 March 2009). "National Theatre faces further action over 'racist' play". The Daily Telegraph. London. 

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