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Departments

Our Specialisms

Languages

Modern Foreign Languages and Internationalism are an integral part of Dame Alice Owen’s. The school has been a Language College since 1996 and our specialist status has allowed us to run French, German and Spanish very successfully up to A-level. Language students have also had excellent success with their applications to Oxbridge and other …

Art and Design

Art students across all key stages at Dame Alice Owen’s school are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of media and techniques including drawing, painting, printing, 3D, collage and ICT. Students are expected to relate their own work to that of other artists, analysing and evaluating their own and others’ work as they …

Business

Studying Business concerns aspects of organisations, both large and small, and their relationship with the community, the government and the economy. This subject involves understanding how entrepreneurs use their skills to make profits (or losses!) by producing goods and services. The factors which make a business profitable and successful are explored by the use of …

Computing

Computing is a really exciting area to work in at present with information technology being integrated into most aspects of our lives.  Our aim at Dame Alice Owen’s is to equip learners with the skills and knowledge they need to be able to use computer systems effectively and safely as tools in their everyday lives …

Design and Technology

Design and Technology provides students with an opportunity to enhance their previous experience through the design and manufacture of a range of products.

From a given brief, students develop ideas and manufacture quality products to meet real needs. As their technical knowledge increases they are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their projects, setting targets, …

Drama

Drama at Dame Alice Owen’s School gives every child the ability and confidence to use and develop their imagination, their intellect and their empathy towards others.  Through the study of drama, students’ ideas, responses and emotions can be expressed and communicated in a positive and safe environment.  Drama carries the potential for all students to …

Economics

Studying Economics will help you to learn about the main economic issues that affect our standard of living. For example:

What is happening to unemployment in the UK? Why does the government want to keep inflation low? Why are most of the poorest countries in the world in Africa? What are the advantages and disadvantages …

English

Overview of our English Department

Ten dedicated and talented teachers make up our English department. They hail from a variety of backgrounds and interests, and will gladly tell you how rewarding and exciting it is to work with the students at Dame Alice Owen’s.

Moreover, students will freely tell any visitors to the school how …

Food and Textiles

At Dame Alice Owen’s School we have a very vibrant and creative Food and Textiles Department with the emphasis firmly on developing practical skills.

At KS3, students study Textile Design and Food and Nutrition for half of the school year each, in years 7, 8 and 9. There are also a number of exciting options which enable students to …

Geography

‘Geography is a subject packed with excitement and dynamism that synthesises aspects of the world and helps us better understand its people, places and environments and the interactions between them.’ (GA,2014)

Geography at Dame Alice Owen’s aims to equip students with a breadth of understanding and detailed knowledge of the complex world we live in. …

History

Our aim in History at Dame Alice Owens is to excite and enthuse students into the subject, as well as developing their historical skills to help them to make sense of the past. We do this through the topics that are studied and the variety of teaching and learning techniques applied in the classroom. We …

Mathematics

The Year 7 Mathematics Scheme is, in part, a consolidation and then extension of much of the material covered in the final years at Primary School. We admit students from almost a hundred different Primary Schools, so their experience and current expertise is varied. Our programme is devised to accommodate this type of intake.

We …

Modern Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages Department at Dame Alice Owen’s is a vibrant, enthusiastic and highly successful department which has grown in number to eleven full-time and four part-time teachers. Full-time French, German and Spanish Assistants are also employed by the school.

The main languages taught in the curriculum are French, German and Spanish, all three …

Music

The Music department is led by the Director of Music, Katherine Bamber, the Assistant Director of Music, Mea Jenkins and the teacher in charge of Music Technology, Matt Grimstead. It also consists of a part-time music technician, an administrative assistant, part-time principal consultants of strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano and singing and seventeen visiting music teachers …

PE

Dame Alice Owen’s Sports Website  (for details of all teams, sports fixtures, results, events and sports news)

Sport is a vital and exciting part of life at Dame Alice Owen’s. We believe it is essential in nurturing skills, confidence and a life-long love of sporting activities. There is a huge variety of sports and activities …

Politics

This popular Advanced Level subject attracts students interested in current affairs and domestic British politics, usually with History, Philosophy and Economics.

In Year 12 we study and visit Parliament and its relationship to the Government and we analyse and discuss how well Parliament carries out its key functions, a topic that tends to encourage a …

Psychology

Psychology is taught only at A level at Owen’s, reflecting the academic and rigorous nature of the subject. Psychology is often defined as ‘the science of mind and behaviour’, that is, the scientific study of how people (and sometimes animals) behave, and how their minds work. The subject matter of psychology is extremely wide ranging …

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department delivers a curriculum focussed on the impact and importance of the six main world religions practiced today in the UK and throughout the world e.g. Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism etc. Students are also introduced to philosophy, morality and ethics and are encouraged to reflect upon their own (and different) responses …

Science

The Science department is fortunate to have a team of twenty science specialist teachers housed in the new Myddelton block comprising of 14 specialist science laboratories all fitted with interactive projectors, supported by an excellent technical team.

Academic results are outstanding, particularly at A-level. Many students go on to study scientific courses at university …

Sociology

Sociology was established in the early 19th Century when Auguste Comte and other French academics argued that society’s dramatic changes needed to be examined and fully understood. As today’s globalised world is far from being perfect, our need for social awareness is arguably even more urgent.

Sociology offers students the opportunity to study and understand …