1996-2007

1996 – 2007

In 1996 Eltham Hill began another chapter in its history in successfully applying for specialist Technology College status.  Eltham Hill School was renamed Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls.  The additional government funding, together with business sponsorship, enabled the building of a new maths block with 6 classrooms and offices.  The building was named the Timberlake Block in honour of the earlier headmistress.

Miss Timberlake and Mrs Wallis at the School's 90th anniversary Celebrations - 1996
Miss Timberlake and Mrs Wallis at Eltham Hill’s 90th anniversary Celebrations – 1996

Another change of head came in 2000, when Mrs Marjorie Findlay-Stone was appointed, and to reflect the status of the College the position became known as “Principal”.  During the next five years the provision of computers and technology generally within the College expanded massively.  Although the sixth form was taken away from Eltham Hill under central and local government reorganisations, the College went from strength to strength as far as exam results were concerned, at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  The extra-curricular side of the College also blossomed, with many clubs and activities established, together with a Student Forum and a new prefect system, with Head Student and Deputy Head Students.

Raising funds for charities continued to be an integral part of College life, carrying on the tradition of helping those less fortunate, as from the school’s earliest days.  In 2002 an annual Fun Run was established, a huge fund raising exercise which benefited a different charity each year and raised as much as £10,000 in one year alone.

Mrs Findlay-Stone as the Queen of Hearts at the Fun Run - 2005
Mrs Findlay-Stone as the Queen of Hearts at the Fun Run – 2005

In 2003 the College was first linked to another building scheme which would have a huge impact on the site – the government initiative “Building Schools for the Future”.  In 2006, our centenary year, plans are taking shape for a partial rebuild and complete renovation of the buildings, with works to begin in the autumn of 2007.  The building works will no doubt provide new challenges to staff and students alike, but history shows that Eltham Hill has weathered such storms in the past and emerged stronger and more successful than before.

Modern Foreign Languages class in ther 2000s.
Modern Foreign Languages class in the 2000s.

Academically, Eltham Hill is now one of the leading schools in Greenwich, at Key Stage 3 (years 7 – 9), Key Stage 4 (years 10 – 11) and in terms of “Value Added”.  As the Centenary is celebrated, the College is venturing into second specialisms in areas which reflect the achievements of the last few years.

View of the field and school uniforms - 2000s
View of the field and school uniforms – 2000s
Main entrance - 2000s
Main entrance – 2000s

 

Eltham Hill has been part of one hundred years of the greatest changes and upheaval that society has ever seen. It can look forward with confidence to a future in which it can continue to play a vital and innovative role in education. The foundation so securely built by those early pioneering schoolmistresses will carry the school into the next one hundred years of educating the young women of tomorrow.

 

Into our second century :-

The college’s examination results have improved significantly over the last 7 years and there have been significant developments.  A Learn2Learn Directorate was established and in December 2006 the college gained recognition as a RATL mentor school – Raising Attainment and Transforming Learning.

Mrs. Findlay-Stone retired from the College in July 2007, handing over to Ms Madeleine Griffin.

Marjorie Findlay-Stone made as her parting gift the fact that the college achieved ‘Healthy Schools’ status in July 2007. She also gave the school a magnificent time-piece that is very appropriate for a school shortly to be teaching the International Baccalaureate.

Mrs Findlay-Stone's gift to the school- 2007
Mrs Findlay-Stone’s gift to the school- 2007

Ms Griffin asked the Student Forum for ideas to improve the College environment. As a result the main student wash-rooms were completely refurbished in bright colours and now feature lots of mirrors and wonderful designs.

The new student washrooms - 2007
The new student washrooms – 2007

Ms Griffin will now be looking after the school during another period of great change as we look forward to the New School to be built under the Building Schools for the Future initiative.