Here’s how Blackheath High are offering parents and students a new kind of open day experience

Virtual open days are the new normal this autumn, and signs are that parents welcome the opportunity to step inside the school walls… virtually. As you’d expect, schools are going all out to be creative and make this remote experience something memorable.

At Blackheath High School GDST’s first annual virtual open day, on Saturday 26th September, visits take place between 9am-1pm and will be split into three sessions covering Nursery and Junior, Senior School and Sixth Form. The open day offers opportunities to experience taster lessons in maths, history and music plus a live Design & Technology (D&T) demonstration. Parents and prospective pupils can also take a 360-degree tour, giving them an opportunity to see its facilities and spaces after an £18m redevelopment of the Girls’ Day School Trust school.

Meanwhile, prospective Sixth Form students will be introduced to Blackheath’s ambitious Wollstonecraft Speaker programme of co-curricular lectures from external speakers, a programme designed to inspire pupils and encourage them to learn outside the classroom.

The school stayed open to all pupils throughout lockdown. It also stayed active over the summer break by hosting Excelerate 2020–an online programme for Year 11 GCSE and Year 13 A-level students to prepare them for the next steps in their education journey in the absence of exams.

Head of Blackheath High School Carol Chandler-Thompson says: “We are excited to welcome prospective students and their families to our first Virtual OpenDay. Throughout the coronavirus crisis we have adapted quickly and taken our teaching philosophy online to great success, and this open day will be no different.”

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