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Art and Design

Art at Dame Alice Owen’s school provides opportunities to explore a wide range of media and techniques including drawing, painting, printing, 3D, collage and ICT. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of how art and design reflects our history; contributes to the culture of …

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 …

Computing

Computing is a really exciting area to work in at present with information technology being integrated into most aspects of our lives.  With a dynamic Computing department, 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 …

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Dame Alice Owens school is a dynamic, exciting and enjoyable subject that nurtures innovative thinking and challenges Pupils’ understanding of the designed and made world.

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and has carefully planned a curriculum that allows students to work with …

Drama

All students are expected to bring the following equipment to every Drama lesson: 1) An A5 notebook, preferably hard-backed. 2) Girls – jogging bottoms or leggings; any colour (boys can wear these, however with girls it’s compulsory). 3) Boys & Girls – a pair of black plimsoll shoes with rubber soles – (For example – …

Economics

The Economics curriculum helps students to explain the world that they live in and decisions that are made by economic agents by exploring current and historic economic thinking and analysis. Economics students are independent and resilient learners who engage readily in the process of exploring economics ideas and theories of about the production …

English

Overview of our English Department

Twelve 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 …

Food and Nutrition

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

At KS3, students study Food Preparation and Nutrition for half of the school year, in years 7, 8 and 9. Students can then progress to studying the subject at GCSE and this may lead to …

Textiles Design

The Textile Design curriculum at Dame Alice Owen’s School aims to be inspiring, creative and practical. The study of textile design allows students to study the work of textile artists and fashion designers and understand how this can inspire their own work. All projects lead to finished creative textiles outcomes and in doing so …

Geography

‘Geography is not only up-to-date and relevant, it is one of the most exciting, adventurous and valuable subjects to study today. So many of the world’s current problems boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.’

Michael Palin, former Royal Geographical Society …

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

Being able to speak more than one language is a vital skill in today’s rapidly changing world, and those taught at DAOS  (French, German and Spanish) are global and highly influential languages that give students the opportunities to travel, study and work in many countries. There are many benefits that come with studying a modern …

Music

At Owen’s we are proud of our vibrant musical community, with enormous numbers of musically motivated and committed students. The Music Department aims to provide musical learning, opportunities and experiences that are exciting, accessible and aspirational for all our students, through the combination of the curricular, co-curricular and instrumental/vocal tuition provision.  

The department’s teaching team …

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 A Level subject tends to attract students interested in the world around them and who want to understand the ideologies and processes that have shaped it. In essence, Politics is the study of the use and abuse of power. The course covers questions all the way from whether the UK is still truly …

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 …

Religious Studies

Meet the team Mr J Johnstone, Head of Department BD Hons Aberystwyth Ms L Goldwater, 2nd in Department BA Hons Lancaster Ms J McClean , Assistant Head, Head of Sixth form, Religious Studies BA Hons at Lancaster University, MEd in School Leadership at Cambridge University. Mrs S Jones,  BA Hons Theology and Philosophy St Marys …

Science

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

The curriculum allows Year 7 to 11 students develop a lifelong interest and curiosity in science and be able to apply scientific ideas, principles and …

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 …