News & Dates

  • 18th September 2017

    A Level Geographers travel to Snowdonia!

    This week 16 of our A level geographers have travelled to North Wales to complete scientific investigations into a geographic topic of their choice. The weather has been mixed with a clear variation between mountainous and coastal areas. Many thanks to Mr Titley and Mr Payne for organising this trip!

    Staff Vacancies!

    We require a Teacher of Art for January 2018. Please see our Vacancies page for further information.

    Ski Sunday!

    Many thanks to Mrs Wootton, our Ski Team Manager, for this report:

    ‘Owen’s Ski team skied really well last weekend in the regional qualifier Esskia Competition in Welwyn Garden City. All skiers tried really hard against the best teams in the region. Their efforts were rewarded as they all achieved personal bests. The boys U16 team came very close to qualifying for the national finals and are confident that they will next year. Year 9 student Arthur Bucher got the quickest runs of the day. A special thanks to teacher Mandy Davighi who was chief referee for the morning demonstrating that teachers certainly ‘Never Stop Learning’.

    There will a meeting next week to find new skiers especially from year 7 who want to take on the challenge of race skiing!’


  • 11th September 2017

    South America Sports Tour 2017!

    During the Summer holidays students from the current year 11 and 12 went on a sports tour to South America. There were 53 pupils in total who took part in hockey, football and rugby fixtures against some of the top independent schools in Chile and Argentina. The standard of the games was very high, but all three teams acquitted themselves well and produced some excellent performances. When they weren’t playing fixtures, pupils were able to take in some of the sights in Santiago and Buenos Aires – these included trips to the famous Boca Junior football stadium and the Gran Torre Santiago (which is the tallest building in South America).

    Pupils were also hosted by the opposition school for two nights. This was a tremendous way of experiencing South American culture and the pupils mixed really well with their peers. Hopefully this is a trip that the pupils will remember for a long time!

    Invitation to ‘Jamnesty’!

    Dame Alice Owen’s Amnesty International Youth Group is excited to announce that on Friday 13th October there will be a whole-school music event, cheerfully entitled ‘Jamnesty’, in aid of Amnesty International.

    Students from all year groups are welcome to attend the event (parents may also attend if they wish). By buying a ticket students will be able to watch outstanding performances from a variety of student groups and bands, whose musical ability has been proven countless times before, as well as contributing to a fantastic cause. All profits will be donated to Amnesty International and the incredible two-hour line-up will ensure that a brilliant time will be had by all!

    Please see Events for further details and booking information!

  • 5th September 2017

    Excellent GCSE and A Level Results recognised by The Times!

    We are extremely proud to announce that according to The Times newspaper, we were the most successful non fully selective school for GCSE and the third most successful non fully selective school for A Level in 2017.

    Welcome Letter from our Head now available!

    Honduras Conservation Trip Summer 2017

    This Summer fifteen sixth formers accompanied by two teachers travelled to Honduras for a two week conservation trip.

    The first week was spent in Cusuco (one of the world’s few cloud forests) with a team of international academics. The students camped ‘off grid’ in the rainforest and collected data on carbon, biodiversity and community benefits of the forest.  This data will be used to apply for a $30million carbon credit scheme which will help protect the forest with its many endemic species including the beautiful jewel scarab beetle.

    The second week was spent on Roatan a coral island in the Caribbean. Here the students completed a PADI open water dive course and a series of lectures on Caribbean coral reef ecology.

    Many thanks to Mrs A Whitehead for organising this amazing opportunity!

  • 24th August 2017

    GCSE Results 2017!

    I am delighted to be able to share another outstanding set of GCSE results which are testimony to the hard work, dedication and determination of our young people as well as the staff and parents who have supported them in preparing for these examinations.

    In the run up to the launch of the new GCSEs, it was widely reported that only 3% of students would be awarded a level 9 in the new, more challenging, English and maths papers however I am delighted to tell you that an incredible 26.7% of our maths students, 17.1% of our English language  and 22% of our English Literature students attained this top grade 9 in these papers.

    63.6% of students in maths, 60.5% of students in English Language and 58.5% of students in English Literature achieved a grade between 9 and 7 which is outstanding!

    Looking at our other subjects in the ‘old style’ GCSEs, 38.8% of all results were graded A* with a further 31.5% graded A meaning that 70.3% of all such examinations taken resulted in an A* or A grade.

    96.12% students achieved 5 or more GCSES at standard pass/grade C or above including English and maths with 97.6% students achieving 5 or more GCSES at standard pass/grade C or above.

    My thanks go to our wonderful staff who worked so hard to ensure that all students received the expert instruction and guidance that they needed to achieve these excellent grades, to you the parents who have supported your young people through this difficult time and to our brilliant students themselves who worked so very hard to do themselves proud. We wish you all the very very best for the next steps you will be taking in your education.

    Mrs H Nemko, Headteacher