News & Dates

  • 16th October 2017

    End of Half Term Newsletter Now Available!

    Thanks to our new Parent Volunteer Newsletter Editor, Lynn Bath, for pulling together all the articles which reflect another amazing half term at Owen’s!  Please see our School Newsletters page!

    Wishing you all an enjoyable half term break!

    Hertfordshire’s No. 1 Performing School at GCSE!

    This week, The Department of Education released a full ranking of how all secondary schools in the country performed at GCSE and we are delighted to announce that Dame Alice Owen’s was ranked as the best performing School in Hertfordshire in this year’s GCSE exams. We had the best Attainment 8 performance, which measures the average achievement of pupils in up to eight qualifications in the county, with an average score per pupil of 70.6.

    Jamnesty concert – huge success!

    Many thanks to Year 13 students, Iona Marshall and Elen Hughes, for the following report:

    ‘The Amnesty International Youth Group ran ‘Jamnesty’ on Friday 13th October 2017, which was a huge success. All the performers were incredible – the musical standard was very high and the atmosphere in the hall was amazing. Judging from the singing and dancing in the crowd, the audience enjoyed it very much, they also raised £800 pounds that evening!’

    ‘All money raised will go to Amnesty International to help them help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Thank you very much to everyone who performed or helped in making the event run so smoothly.’

    Year 10 GCSE Information Evening!

    Dear Year 10 Parents/Carers,

    Thank you for such a positive turn out on Thursday 12th October 2017 for the Year 10 GCSE Information Evening, it was great to see so many familiar faces. As several parents asked for a copy of the presentation, we have decided to share this 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 we best support our students in KS4.

    In addition, we are offering parenting support starting from Monday 30th October 2017. Please contact Miss Surry no later than Monday 30th October 2017 by 9am if you are interested.

    Kind regards,

    Mr Grimstead and Miss Surry

  • 9th October 2017

    Chinese Delegation visit DAOS!

    Last week, we were delighted to welcome a delegation of 25 Chinese teachers and dignitaries from Hubei Province in Central China along with University of Hertfordshire representatives and interpreter Mr William Wang to DAOS.

    The delegation visited the School to look at the curriculum and the use of technology in the classroom. They observed lessons across many different departments and watched a presentation by our Year 9 digital leaders who have been training teachers in the best use of technology and apps in the classroom.

    Please see our end of half term newsletter published next Friday for further details!

    A huge thank-you!

    Many thanks to all those who kindly made donations to our Harvest Festival appeal.

    The Watford Foodbank, who are part of The Trussell Trust, collected all of the goods this week and sent us this certificate of appreciation.

    Redheart Theatre Company visits DAOS!

    Once again this year, we were fortunate enough to welcome experienced actor, Rupert Mason, from Redheart Theatre Company, to perform H.G Wells’ The Red Room and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, for another superb Gothic tales presentation.

    As Year 9 near the end of their study of Gothic literature, it was timely that such an atmospheric and chilling production was experienced. Rupert Mason presented an intense and hypnotising recitation of both tales to an audience who showed fear and enjoyment in equal measure. An informative Q&A session followed the performance where students’ questions were answered in great detail, leaving them with an incentive to further explore the genre.

    Thanks to the English Department for enabling this valuable experience to take place.

    Autumn Term OSA Quiz Night!

    This year’s OSA (Owen’s School Association) Autumn Quiz is being held on Saturday 11th November 2017.

    The quiz nights are very popular and it is a fun way to raise some money for the school and for you to meet other Owen’s parents whether you’re a quiz new comer or regular quiz goer! You can book as a team or let the OSA put you together with other parents of the same year/form group. A cold supper is included and the bar will be open as usual.

    For full details and booking form see or email the OSA using

  • 2nd October 2017

    Michaelmas Day remembered!

    Many thanks to Old Owenians, Valarie Cross (nee Stubbs) and Pamela Mansi (nee Stubbs), two of the four sisters who attended Owen’s from 1943-55, who once again sent us these beautiful flowers along with this note in honour of the old Owen’s Girls’ School’s birthday on 29th September:

    ‘Michaelmas Day was always celebrated as the School Birthday at Owen’s Girls School. Despite the school being in a poor state following the Second World War, on that day it looked glorious, decorated in every room with Michaelmas daisies. A further treat was birthday cake, usually an iced bun for everyone!  Happy Birthday everyone!’

    Harvest Festival donations!

    As part of our harvest festival celebrations we will be collecting non perishable foodstuffs, washing up liquid, toiletries and baby necessities for the Trussell Trust food bank. The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK,

    Students should leave any donations in the brown boxes in the main foyer area opposite the hall ready for collection by the charity on Monday 9 October.

    Many thanks for your support.


  • 25th September 2017

    Year 7s ‘go wild’ at Bushcraft!

    Many thanks to Ms McClean for this report:

    ‘On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Year 7 donned their walking boots and walked into the wilds of Hatfield Woods for two fun packed days at Bushcraft. They spent time with their new form groups and form tutors, getting to know each other better and sharing the experiences.

    Not only did they learn how to set a trap (some of them even practiced theirs on the teachers) and whittle wood into a tent peg, the students also learnt about the history of shelters. They then built their own woodland shelter, and were given the option to sleep in it rather than the tent that had been provided. Far more than we expected took the makeshift choice, and surprisingly got a good night sleep! The following day the students had the opportunity to build their own fires (under close supervision, as with all the activities) and to cook their own kebabs on the open flame.

    Thank you to all the form tutors and prefects who made the visit so special for the students. And to the Year 7s for making it such fun for us!’

    ‘Physics At Work’ for our Year 11 students!

    Last week, the Physics department organised for 44 x Year 11 students to attend the ‘Physics At Work’ Exhibition at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. Many thanks to Year 11 students Neve and Matthew Mayes for the following report:

    ‘We were split into smaller groups and each group saw a series of different exhibits, where we gained first-hand experience of what is happening in the world of science today. The exhibits were presented by the university students and people working in industry. We learnt about the uses of physics in everyday life, through a series of presentations and practical demonstrations. Some of our favourite exhibits included learning about quantum physics and superconductivity (this was about metals with special properties that allowed them to “hover” above or below magnets and conduct electricity with 100% efficiency), and learning about sonic tractor beams. It was very helpful to help us think about future career options and highlighted the link between physics, engineering and computing. We would like to thank Mr Poliakoff, in particular, for organising this trip and Mr Holden and Ms Valente for making the trip possible.’

    Invitation from the OSA!

    All parents/carers of Year 7 students and new Year 12 students are warmly invited to attend a Cheese and Wine Reception this Thursday from 7.30pm in the Main Hall.

    Please come along as it is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet fellow new parents, members of the OSA (Owen’s School Association), our Headteacher, Mrs Nemko and many of the form tutors!

    You can find out more about the OSA by visiting their website: