An Introduction to Dame Alice Owen's School
We have a distinguished history. Dame Alice Owen founded our school in 1613 in Islington; initially a boys’ school, followed by the addition of a girls’ school in 1886 and becoming co-educational after the move to our present site in 1973. Her legacy, through the Brewers Company, is still felt throughout our school today.
New buildings and facilities, set in our extensive 34 acre grounds with a large lake, include the Edinburgh Centre, which houses our school’s main purpose-built ICT suites and Library. The Bernard Ryan Centre accommodates our Sixth Form plus some Modern Foreign Language teaching. There is a Music Centre linked to the Edward Guinness Concert Hall and Mathematics, Art and Technology are now based in our Arnold Lynch building. We have an ever-evolving, superbly equipped teaching and learning environment.
Two hundred children are admitted each year in accordance with our Governors’ published criteria with priority for a number of local children and current siblings. Our intake is allocated to seven, ability-banded teaching groups. Details of our Admissions process can be found here on our website: http://www.damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk/admissions/index.html
Studying at Dame Alice Owen's
We provide an education which is both challenging and fulfilling, equipping students with all the essential skills for life. Reflecting the motto of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, ‘In God is all our trust’, our school has a long tradition of working within the Christian ethos and students of all faiths are warmly welcomed at the school.
Great store is placed on enabling every young person to realise his or her full potential regardless of ability. We are justly proud of our outstanding success in public examinations, consistently recognized as some of the best results in the Country. All students follow the full National Curriculum and the Hertfordshire-agreed syllabus for Religious Education (details of which can be found in our annually produced Supplementary Information Booklet). The national programme is enhanced by the teaching of ICT and Drama in Years 7 and 8 and by the introduction of separate sciences in Year 9. The majority of students study separate sciences at GCSE as well as at A Level: all students take a short course GCSE in ICT.
Students excel in external competitions such as the Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics Challenges where many obtain gold awards and are subsequently invited to compete at the highest levels. Excellent results are mirrored by the enthusiasm and determination with which each and every subject is studied by all our students. Personal well being and academic success is encouraged by a highly supportive pastoral care system which includes Form Tutors, Heads of Student Progress and Assistant Heads. We aim for every young person to realise their full potential regardless of ability and to develop into a mature, well-rounded adult with a real understanding of moral and social issues, equipped for the 21st Century.
Life in the Sixth Form
Our Sixth Form at Dame Alice Owen’s is a large and vibrant community with a really stimulating atmosphere. Here young people can develop their academic, extra-curricular and social skills ready for the life beyond school.
Academic standards are exceptionally high. Results place us amongst the top sixty state schools at A level, with most students continuing their studies at Russell Group universities including between 16 and 25 going to Oxford or Cambridge each year. There are numerous opportunities outside the classroom too. Sixth formers have their very own purpose-built centre with common room and Individual Learning Centre. Students participate in music, drama, arts and sport and play a full part in the life of our community, including the opportunity to be prefects, to help lower school classes in lessons and to edit the school magazine, ‘The Arrow’.
The majority of students at Dame Alice Owen’s remain here post-16, but we also welcome external applications for our amazingly lively, successful and increasingly popular Sixth Form - please see our Admissions section for more details: http://www.damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk/admissions/sixth_form.html
Extra-curricular opportunities at Dame Alice Owen's
There is a rich and rewarding (and really good fun) life outside the classroom at Dame Alice Owen’s.
Clubs and societies that meet during lunchtimes include Computing, Debating, Link (Christian Union), Chess, Maths, Geography and many more. Drama at the school is exceptional with three productions a year to allow all students to hone their skills and enjoy that special production team spirit.
And beyond the school boundaries... there are numerous visits to the theatre and Art galleries and field trips in History, Geography, R.E. and Biology. And beyond borders... we organise journeys abroad with a recent Art trip to Spain, a Business Studies visit to Barcelona, assorted ski trips, a Sixth Form stay in Russia, an R.E. trip to China and Morocco and an annual visit to our partner school in Tanzania. Students can take part in World Challenge, with destinations including Venezuela, Costa Rica, Argentina and Borneo. There is always the challenging and ever-popular Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Life as a student at Dame Alice Owen’s is varied, stimulating and utterly unforgettable. As a result, we know Old Owenians continue to network long after they have moved on.
Views of Dame Alice Owen's
Ofsted May 2008:
‘Dame Alice Owen’s School is outstanding. The commitment to the personal development of both students and staff is exceptional. It is evident in the outstanding outcomes for the well being, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of students and the commitment, loyalty and enthusiasm of staff and students to the school. Excellent leadership at all levels has maintained the level of outstanding teaching identified at the previous inspection, sustaining very high academic standards at Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form.’
‘Teaching is outstanding. Staff willingly choose to go the extra mile for students, creating a vibrant learning community for everybody in the school. The Sixth Form is just as outstanding as the main school because that same dedication and effort on behalf of staff is matched by an energetic commitment to learning by Sixth Form students.’
Parent - May 2009:
‘My child is flourishing in an environment which is fostered by encouragement, praise, helpful guidance and a positive attitude’
Students - May 2009:
‘My life at Owen’s so far has been an exhilaratingly fun learning experience’
‘There is a brilliant connection between teachers and students that is both encouraging and stimulating’
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