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  • Dame Alice Owen's School
    Dugdale Hill Lane
    Potters Bar
    Hertfordshire
    EN6 2DU
  • Head: Mrs Hannah Nemko
  • T 01707 643441
  • F 01707 645011
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.damealiceo…ns.herts.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,451; sixth formers: 424
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th May 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 21st June 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Dame Alice Owen’s has high expectations of its pupils – and they rise to the challenge. Almost 40 per cent of youngsters are selected by academic ability or musical talent and results and facilities are more than a match for local independent schools. To this day Dame Alice Owen’s takes immense pride in its history. All year 7s receive a crown (now a £5 commemorative coin) at a ceremony at the Brewers Hall in the City of London. Older pupils receive annual…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking ICT at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Short Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking ICT at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Short Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Spanish at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking History at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Music at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Music at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2016, Hannah Nemko (early 40s). MA (Nottingham) MeLtrs (Stasbourg) PGCE. Married to a teacher, with two young children, Ms Nemko was promoted to the top job from her role as senior deputy here. She joined the school in 2015 from Yavneh College, where she was deputy head and helped set up the college. Prior to that she taught for two years at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe and at Immanuel College for five years before that. Born and brought up in Essex, Ms Nemko was, by her own admission, dedicated to her studies and a model schoolgirl. Head girl of her High School (Beal High School), she confides that she loved playing schools as a child and was the first in her family to go to university. She recalls her father...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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