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Dame Alice Owens School

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About the School

Dame Alice Owen’s School has a distinguished history. Dame Alice Owen founded our school in 1613 in Islington; initially a boys’ school, followed by the addition of a girls’ school in 1886 and becoming co-educational after the move to its present site in 1973. Dame Alice Owen’s legacy, through the Brewers Company, is still felt throughout the school today.

New buildings and facilities, set in extensive 34 acre grounds with a large lake, have been built since moving. So ensuring an ever-evolving, superbly equipped teaching and learning environment.

Two hundred children are admitted each year in accordance with our Governors’ published criteria with priority for a number of local children and current siblings. Intake is allocated to seven mixed ability teaching groups.

Studying at Dame Alice Owen’s
Dame Alice Owen’s School provides an education which is both challenging and fulfilling, equipping students with all the essential skills for life. Reflecting the motto of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, ‘In God is all our trust’, the school has a long tradition of working within the ethos of British values and students of all faiths are warmly welcomed at the school.

Great store is placed on enabling every young person to realise his or her full potential regardless of ability. Staff are justly proud of their outstanding success in public examinations, consistently recognized as some of the best results in the Country. All students follow the full National Curriculum and the Hertfordshire-agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The national programme is enhanced by the teaching of Drama in Years 7 and 8 and by the introduction of separate sciences in Year 8. The majority of students study separate sciences at GCSE as well as at A Level.

Students excel in external competitions such as the Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics Challenges where many obtain gold awards and are subsequently invited to compete at the highest levels. Excellent results are mirrored by the enthusiasm and determination with which each and every subject is studied by all our students. Personal well being and academic success is encouraged by a highly supportive pastoral care system which includes Form Tutors, Heads of Student Progress and Assistant Heads. The school 's aim for every young person is to realise their full potential regardless of ability and to develop into a mature, well-rounded adult with a real understanding of moral and social issues, equipped for the 21st Century.

Life in the Sixth Form
Sixth Form at Dame Alice Owen’s is a large and vibrant community with a really stimulating atmosphere. Here young people can develop their academic, extra-curricular and social skills ready for the life beyond school.

Academic standards are exceptionally high. Results place Dame Alice Owen’s School amongst the top sixty state schools at A level, with most students continuing their studies at Russell Group universities including between 16 and 25 going to Oxford or Cambridge each year. There are numerous opportunities outside the classroom too. Sixth formers have their very own purpose-built centre with common room and Individual Learning Centre. Students participate in music, drama, arts and sport and play a full part in the life of our community, including the opportunity to be prefects, to help lower school classes in lessons and to edit the school magazine, ‘The Arrow’.

The majority of students at Dame Alice Owen’s remain post-16, but they also welcome external applications for the amazingly lively, successful and increasingly popular Sixth Form.

Extra-curricular opportunities at Dame Alice Owen’s
There is a rich and rewarding (and really good fun) life outside the classroom at Dame Alice Owen’s.

Clubs and societies that meet during lunchtimes include Computing, Debating, Link (Christian Union), Chess, Maths, Geography and many more. Drama at the school is exceptional with three productions a year to allow all students to hone their skills and enjoy that special production team spirit.

And beyond the school boundaries… there are numerous visits to the theatre and Art galleries and field trips in History, Geography, R.S. and Biology. And beyond borders… Dame Alice Owen’s School organise journeys abroad with a recent Art trip to Spain, a Business Studies visit to Barcelona, assorted ski trips, a Sixth Form stay in Russia, an R.E. trip to China and Morocco and an annual visit to our partner school in Tanzania. Students can take part in World Challenge, with destinations including Venezuela, Costa Rica, Argentina and Borneo. There is always the challenging and ever-popular Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Life as a student at Dame Alice Owen’s is varied, stimulating and utterly unforgettable. As a result, Old Owenians continue to network long after they have moved on.

Year 7 11+ Exam Content

GL version 11+ with questions on Maths and Verbal Reasoning.

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Dame Alice Owens School

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School Type:-

Mixed and partially selective

Total Pupils:-

200 with 32% selective and 10% selected on musical ability


Year 7 Places:-

Year 7 Admission details:-

Applicants exceed places with 4+ applicants for every place.

Exam Format

GL version 11+


Dame Alice Owen’s School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU

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