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A history of Blackheath Bluecoat School


1700 ~ 2014
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<Back Blackheath Bluecoat School 2007 - 2008

Paul Petty resigned as Headmaster in July 2007. When the governors were unable to recruit a suitable candidate for the headship the local authority recommended Steve Dobson, deputy headteacher at Abbey Wood School, to be appointed as Interim Headteacher. He set out to continue the improvements already underway and also to develop the distinct Christian ethos of the school. He successfully lead a bid for the school to achieve specialist school status for Mathematics and ICT.

During his year as head the school produced it’s first promotional DVD and embarked on an extensive marketing programme to attract pupils from Greenwich Primary schools.. Steve Dobson also introduced UPTV which was a series of DVDs to help staff to lead daily worship. The school was told by Greenwich Childrens Services that it would be included in the Building Schools for the Future scheme with a view to rebuilding the school on it’s own site in 2009.


6th Form Study Centre in the Library

6th Form Common Room

Steve Dobson left in July 2008 to take up the post of headteacher at Harris Church of England High School, Rugby. The governors made another attempt to recruit a substantive headteacher. In spite of using recruitment consultants to manage the process and interviewing a number of candidates no appointment was made. On the recommendation of the local authroity and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Colin McKinlay, who had been headteacher at Coulsdon High School, was appointed as temporary headteacher for one term while the governors looked for a suitable headteacher.