27th November 2020

The Sunday Times Southeast State Secondary School of the Decade

We are honoured to announce that Dame Alice Owen’s School has been named The Sunday Times Southeast State Secondary School of the Decade by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 29.

We were delighted to have been chosen as The Sunday Times School of the Year in 2016, but this is quite something else!

Nick Rodrigues, deputy editor of Parent Power, said: “Dame Alice Owen’s School has been in our top 40 seven times in the last 10 years and is always the highest-ranked school in the Southeast that is not fully selective. To be placed where it does, annually, with a largely comprehensive intake is outstanding. In 2016, the Sunday Times named it the State Secondary of the Year, the only non-grammar school to win the accolade since 1999, and in 2018 it was named the Southeast State Secondary of the Year.

“No one is left behind, the school actively takes pupils from where they are and helps them to get better thanks to its experienced staff who teach across the ability range. Furthermore, nurture groups, homework clubs and maths and English breakfast clubs have been established to help boost students’ confidence and skills. Other enrichment activities — from visiting lecturers to maths and science competitions — also develop confidence and intellectual curiosity.

“Staff and pupils are thriving under Hannah Nemko’s leadership, clearly demonstrated by the 28 students who are attending Oxbridge this year. Dame Alice Owen’s School’s sustained excellence has made it the clear choice as The Sunday Times Southeast State Secondary School of the Decade.”

We are and remain, incredibly proud of our fantastic staff who never shy away from going the extra mile to encourage, support and inspire our young people. We share this award with the students who, in return, inspire the staff with their curiosity, commitment to their studies and determination to succeed as well as with their parents and carers who support both their young people and the school in their endeavours. We would particularly like to thank our governing body and Trustee for their support for their ongoing, unwavering support, most especially over these last, difficult, months.

It is my pleasure to share this award in the memory of our beloved Dr Davison who played such a large part in making the school the success it is today.

We look forward to celebrating many more successes together in the years ahead.