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!