Blackheath High School

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Blackheath High School
Church Army chapel 018.jpg
Motto "Inspiration, curiosity, distinction"
Established 1880
Type Independent day school
Headmistress Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson
Founder Princess Louise
Location Vanbrugh Park
England, United Kingdom
51°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
Local authority Greenwich
DfE URN 100756 Tables
Students 680~
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18

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.

Location and history[edit]

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 motto[edit]

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 pupils[edit]

Published histories[edit]

  • 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.


  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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