News & Dates

  • 3rd December 2018

    Winter Concert delights audience!

    With almost as many Owens pupils on the EGH stage as parents and friends in the audience, the Winter Concert was a wonderful evening of superb performances by the Senior Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Choir, Second Band, Close Harmony Group and Symphony Orchestra.

    The programme featured an impressive range of styles, including music from stage and screen (‘A Tribute to Henry Mancini’, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ and ‘Shadowland from The Lion King), traditional/folk music (‘Ar Hyd y Nos’ and Kate Rusby’s ‘Underneath the Stars’), popular/jazz styles (‘XO’ by Beyonce/John Mayer, Coldplay’s ‘Atlas’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing’), symphonic works (Haydn’s Symphony No 104 in D major), and the Symphony Orchestra’s masterful and performance of  Mussorgsky’s thrilling ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.

    Voices blended beautifully, solo performers shone, instruments were played brilliantly, ensembles were conducted superbly and the level of musical competence, awareness and understanding displayed was brilliant.

    Congratulations to all the musicians from across every year group who were involved – some appearing in their very first Owens concert and some appearing in almost every item within the concert!

    Our thanks and congratulations to the musical directors on the night (Ms Makepeace-Lott, Ms Bamber, Mr Grimstead, Mr Crossley and Mr Marshall), to our Year 13 student conductors (Robin Day, Theo Gill and Sam Scheer) and to our accompanists (Mr Thompson and Jade Brooks). The concert wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the technical crew and stage crew, the Music Dept staff, Ms Meik, the OSA, and of course our wonderful parents, friends and families.
    Many thanks to you all!

    Tickets go on sale for this year’s Winter Play!

    Don’t miss our Winter Term Production of ‘As You Like It’! This play, adapted by our Head of Drama, Miss E Govier, features students from Years 9 to 13 many of whom are studying Drama at GCSE and A Level.

    Performances are on next Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December 2018 in the Main School Hall at 7.30pm. Please see Events for booking details.

    OSA donates £30,000 to the School in 2018!

    We would like say a huge thank-you to the Owen’s School Association (OSA) who have donated £20,000 to the school and it’s various departments. This, together with the £9,625 the OSA donated earlier in the year, is a result of parents and the school community attending and helping at OSA events and activities.A big thank you to everyone and we look forward to your continued support next year!  More help with the OSA is always welcome – please contact for more information on how to get involved!

    The photo features Glenn Taylor, Co-chair of the Owen’s School Association (OSA) donating the cheque for £20,000 to our Headteacher, Mrs Nemko.

    An Invitation to Our Nine Lessons and Carol Service!

    You are warmly invited to our Nine Lessons and Carol Service taking place on Monday 17th December 2018 at St Mary The Virgin and All Saints Church, Potters Bar. Please see Events for full details.

    Year 9 student becomes double National Judo Champion!

    Congratulations to Year 9 student, Oliver Almond, who has won his second national judo title in 3 years, being crowned 2018 U14 British National Judo Champion and again ranking him as the best judoka at his age and weight in Great Britain. Please look out for more on Oliver’s amazing achievement in our end of term newsletter published on 21st December 2018.

  • 26th November 2018

    DAOS recognised by Sunday Times Parent Power!

    We were delighted to see the write up the Sunday Times Parent Power section on 25th November 2018.

    Dame Alice Owen’s School was ranked 26th in the top 150 State Secondary schools in the country for 2018. The highest ever position achieved by a non-selective school in the Sunday Times guide (previously positioned 35th in 2017).

    We were equally crowned top ‘partially selective’ State Secondary school in the country for 2018 and were the only ‘partially selective’ school in the top 50 ranked State Secondary schools for 2018.

    Closer to home we were placed 6th in the top 20 State secondary schools in the South East.

    We were proud of the summary quote of the article which reads:

    “The school’s] results – 85% of A-level grades at A*- B and nearly 70% of grades A* – A or 9 -7 at GCSE – took it well clear of every other comprehensive or partially selective school in the country. At 26= in our rankings, its position is the highest yet achieved by a non-selective school in our guide.”

    Thank you to our trustee, to our governors, staff, students and parents who have all worked so hard to make the school what it is today.  

    Year 12 Politics students visit the Houses of Parliament!

    Last week our Year 12 Government & Politics students visited the Houses of Parliament in the middle of a truly momentous week in British politics. Students were given a detailed tour on the history and development of Parliament, the UK constitution as well as some of the weird and wonderful moments in the building’s long history. As well as this students took part in an interactive workshop organised by the parliamentary outreach service.

    The highlight, however, was a ‘behind the scenes’ tour given to us by David Burrowes (the former MP for Enfield Southgate and one of the school’s parents governors). Mr. Burrowes showed our students several places they would otherwise never have seen including the infamous ‘Strangers Bar’ where MPs go to plot and hatch plans as well as the room where the 1922 committee would sit if (or when!) a vote of no confidence is called against Theresa May. After this students were able to ask David some really interesting questions about his experiences as an MP, his predictions for the future and his reflections on the current state of British politics.

    On top of this, one group even had the opportunity to sit in the visitor galleries of both chambers and watch MPs and the Lords in action. Some of our students even stayed behind in Parliament after the trip was over to watch Theresa May’s statement on the progress made with the Brexit deal. Here they truly got to see history being made as political big beasts like Corbyn, Rees-Mogg and Johnson grilled the PM. Miss Cornejo and Mr. Latham were hugely jealous of these students as they had to rush back to school for parents’ evening!

    Over all, both trips were excellent and gave students the invaluable opportunity to see the mother of parliaments and all its quirks with their own eyes!

    Record number of musicians take part in Autumn Concert!

    The spotlights were shining brightly on an EGH stage packed full of performers on Tuesday night, with a record-breaking 300 pupils involved in our stunning Autumn Concert!

    Singing and playing to a packed audience of parents, families, staff and friends, the concert featured a staggering 300 pupils in total from across all year groups in the school.

    The immense variety of musical styles performed by Junior Choir, Junior Strings, Junior Chamber Choir, Senior Strings, Second Orchestra and Concert Band was entertaining and engaging as ever – where else could you be treated to Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten alongside Piazzolla, Klezmer and traditional folk music?!

    The soundtrack from ‘The Greatest Showman’ has been hugely popular this term and it seems can be heard at most times of the day in the Music Dept! In the concert, Junior Choir performed ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘This is Me’, with moving solo parts sung by Zach Smith and Sophie Whitman, Junior Chamber Choir sang a beautifully harmonised version of ‘Never Enough’, and Second Orchestra opened the second half with a thrilling medley of songs from the soundtrack.

    The string, orchestral and concert band playing was of an extremely impressive standard and the buzz and enjoyment from the pupils performing was a joy to see.

    Congratulations to all the performers who took part and to their musical directors (Ms Bamber, Mrs Brady, Mr Kelly, Ms Jenkins and Mr Widden) for their inspiration and encouragement.

    Thanks also to the other Music Dept staff who support the ensemble rehearsals each week (Mr Bean, Mr Hulme and Ms McChrystal), our choir accompanists (Ms Gill and Mr Thompson), the technical crew, Mr Grimstead and his newly formed stage crew, Ms Meik and Mr Fry.
    We couldn’t have done it without you!

  • 19th November 2018

    Second Chamber Concert showcases new talent!

    Congratulations to all our fabulous young musicians who performed in last night’s Chamber Concert, the second one of this term. Our Chamber Concert programmes present a great mix of all our many smaller school ensembles, alongside solo, duet and trio performances.

    Last night’s concert featured the Junior Percussion Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Year 9 and Year 10 String Quartets, Saxophone Ensemble, Cello Ensemble, Jazz Piano Trio, Year 10 Piano Trio, Advanced Clarinet Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble and Advanced Saxophone Ensemble.

    Many of the performers were taking part in their first ever Owens concert, and everyone played extremely well, demonstrating a really high level of ensemble skill in their ability to listen and communicate with each other.

    Our thanks go to all the pupils who took part and to their musical directors – Ms McChrystal, Ms Coe, Mr Widden, Mr Crossley, Mrs Dodds, Mr Hunt and Mr Marshall. Our thanks also to the Music Dept staff for all their work in supporting the concert, and to the OSA for providing the interval refreshments.

    We are looking forward to our forthcoming Autumn Concert (Tuesday 27th November @ 7.00pm), and Winter Concert (Wednesday 5th December @ 7.00pm), followed by the Nine Lessons and Carols Service (Monday 17th December @ 7.30pm). We do hope you can join us!

    Year 10 students win Worldwise Geography Competition!

    Congratulations to Year 10 students, Alice Bayley, Ed Mills, Jake Mitchell and Boris Pearson who won this year’s Worldwise Geography Competition which took place last week.

    The competition is open to schools from London and Hertfordshire and tests student’s knowledge on a wide range of different issues including UK landmarks and OS maps.

    Our DAOS team won with a score of 77 points beating Westminster School with 74 points and City of London School with 70 points.

    OSA Quiz Night Success!

    The OSA (Owen’s School Association) would like to thank all those who attended the Autumn Term Quiz night on Saturday night!

    Over 260 guests (parents, sixth form students, staff, alumni and friends) tested their knowledge in a wide range of categories such as entertainment, food, music and politics. The evening was a great success and raised over £4,000 for the school.

    A big thank you to all those who worked so hard to make the evening such as fantastic success! Do keep a look out for the next OSA event next term!

    Year 11 GCSE Information Evening!

    Dear Year 11 Parents/Carers,

    On Thursday 15th November we had a very well attended Year 11 Information Evening. As mentioned on the night, we have shared the GCSE revision and support presentation with everyone for their own reference (please refer to the documents section to the right). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other queries or questions about how together we best support our students in KS4, and see you all at Parents’ Evening on Thursday.

    Kind regards,

    Mr Grimstead and Miss Surry

    KS4 Pastoral Team

  • 12th November 2018

    Non-Uniform Day – Friday 16th November!

    This Friday 16th November 2018 is Non-Uniform Day!  Please could students give £1 to their Form Tutors


    on the Friday morning.

    All proceeds will go to TODOS who are a charity helping the homeless in North London.

    Chamber Concert kicks off our Autumn season!

    Our Autumn season of concerts got off to a wonderful start with this week’s Chamber Concert. The programme featured eleven different ensembles, with performances directed by both students and members of staff.

    There was an impressive level of musical understanding, discipline and ensemble awareness on display, with performances of a wide range of pieces in classical, pop and jazz styles.

    Our thanks and congratulations to all students who took part so well in the concert and to all of the Ensemble directors and Music Department staff involved.

    Sixth Form Open Afternoon for External Candidates – entry September 2019!

    The Guide to Courses 2019/20 for students who wish to join our Sixth Form in September 2019 is now available on our Guide to Courses page. The Open Afternoon for external candidates wishing to visit our school is this Thursday 15th November 2018 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. A talk by our Head of Sixth Form, Mr M Ewins, will be given at approximately 2.15pm and 3.00pm. From 4.00pm subject teachers will be available for discussion in the Main Hall.

    There is no need to book to attend our Open Afternoon, simply turn up on the day! We look forward to welcoming you!

    Please note that there will be no parking available on our school site.

    Lunchtime Economics Talk!

    On Friday 9th November 2018, the DAOS Economics Society welcomed Charlie Robertson from Renaissance Capital to talk about development economics and exchange rates.  Charlie is an excellent speaker and has previously spoken at the school before. His book ‘The Fastest Billion’ is in the library and you can follow him on Twitter @RencapMan. The students asked excellent questions and they have certainly become more informed about Africa and other countries.