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Dame Alice Owens??

Does anyone here go to Dame Alice Owens School in Potters Bar? I know they're a specialist science school, but how is their Science Department? (compared to Woodhouse, St. Michaels, Mill Hill County High, etc.)
And does anyone know whether sixth formers are allowed to leave school premises when not in lessons? This is really important as the buses that go there only run when most of their students go to school in the morning and leave after school and I'm not sure how their sixth form timetable works - any help would be greatly appreciated, cheers.
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1) science is brilliant. The school have just finished building a brand new science block this year and is equipped with great facilities and teachers

2) sixthformers can do what they like when they are not in lessons including leaving the premises, just as long as they are back for lessons

3) sixthform timetables usually work about that in your first year if you do 4 subjects which is more likely you have 5 free periods a week that are generated depending on your subjects, the rest of the day is broken up into 5 lessons each consisting of an hour.
in year 13 most people will drop a subject and so you will get 10 free periods a week

4) buses do only come at the beginning and end of school but there is a train station 15 minutes away that also has loads of buses going pretty much everywhere


(wicked school, highly recommend)
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Original post by yoyoyo95
1) science is brilliant. The school have just finished building a brand new science block this year and is equipped with great facilities and teachers

2) sixthformers can do what they like when they are not in lessons including leaving the premises, just as long as they are back for lessons

3) sixthform timetables usually work about that in your first year if you do 4 subjects which is more likely you have 5 free periods a week that are generated depending on your subjects, the rest of the day is broken up into 5 lessons each consisting of an hour.
in year 13 most people will drop a subject and so you will get 10 free periods a week

4) buses do only come at the beginning and end of school but there is a train station 15 minutes away that also has loads of buses going pretty much everywhere


(wicked school, highly recommend)


Hello, thanks for your reply!!

Just wondering - are you a sixth former at Dame Alice Owens?
So in Year 12, I'd get five free periods a week (I do four subjects) so is that five hours spread over a week?

Also, around when do sixth form timetables usually start and end, and from what time and until when do the buses come to the school in the morning and leave in the afternoon?

And because I live quite far away from the school (over an hour bus journey I think) most likely I won't leave the school premises so is there anywhere on the school site I could stay during my free periods? (for example, is the library quiet enough for studying?)

I'd really appreciate it if you could answer these questions as I was going to go to the sixth form induction days but unfortunately had to miss it, and no one from my school is going to Dame Alice Owens, nor do I know anyone there... also do you by any chance know what they did on the induction days? Thank you! :redface:
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Reply 6
Original post by happysmile
Does anyone here go to Dame Alice Owens School in Potters Bar? I know they're a specialist science school, but how is their Science Department? (compared to Woodhouse, St. Michaels, Mill Hill County High, etc.)
And does anyone know whether sixth formers are allowed to leave school premises when not in lessons? This is really important as the buses that go there only run when most of their students go to school in the morning and leave after school and I'm not sure how their sixth form timetable works - any help would be greatly appreciated, cheers.


Hey, I am also going to Dame Alice Owens Sixth Form and just decided to go on these forums to find out more about it seeing as I know absolutely nothing, didn't go to the induction and only sent my late application 5 days ago:'). I too will know absolutely no one there xD it's nice to see I wont be the only one who doesn't know anybody:smile: (i also have quite a long bus journey from Goffs Oak). I haven't even seen the school so I'm kinda nervous but im sure it's nice there, I read it's one of the most oversubscribed schools in the country, so hopefully the science dep will be good:smile: good luck for next week! x:h:
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Original post by happysmile
Does anyone here go to Dame Alice Owens School in Potters Bar? I know they're a specialist science school, but how is their Science Department? (compared to Woodhouse, St. Michaels, Mill Hill County High, etc.)
And does anyone know whether sixth formers are allowed to leave school premises when not in lessons? This is really important as the buses that go there only run when most of their students go to school in the morning and leave after school and I'm not sure how their sixth form timetable works - any help would be greatly appreciated, cheers.


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My friend goes there, it's a great school but is really hard to get into. They lay out the sixth form timetable so that maths and English are in every option block. when not in lessons, I think the sixth formers have study periods where they have to stay in school but are allowed to be sent home on home study at around February time onwards (I think that's right as i live in potters bar and that applies to the other nearby schools)
imo it is an awful school,
1) full of racism and homophobia. i get a lot of it is a joke but on a daily basis i hear slurs being thrown around at people, bullying etc and despite the school's attempts to seem 'liberal', they have done nothing, and in fact made it worse because we see the pastoral system as a joke.
2) horrendous amount of work. i have literally no time to relax. they pressure the parents into forcing their kids to work. it encourages pushy parenting and bad relationships between parents and kids.
3) they assume everyone there is rich. not everyone comes from wealthy potters bar yet they think we can ALL afford to bring our own devices in. i do not own an ipad and will do worse because of this as they are unwilling to provide resources/technology for free. they make us pay for textbooks, printouts and online revision courses. they act like it is a grammar/private school when it is not, and is required by law to make sure no student misses out due to their position in society.
4) teachers are bullies. they mock the students and if youre not smart enough for them you simply get in trouble, they dont even try and help a kid who isnt paying attention for a reason, they just see a daydreaming student and tell them off on principal rather than considering that their lesson may in fact be extremely tiresome.
5) overpriced, unhealthy and disgusting food.
6) if you're reading this and you also go to daos please give me your thoughts on it, i hope i'm not the only one who can't wait to leave.
Reply 10
Original post by alienvoid
imo it is an awful school,
1) full of racism and homophobia. i get a lot of it is a joke but on a daily basis i hear slurs being thrown around at people, bullying etc and despite the school's attempts to seem 'liberal', they have done nothing, and in fact made it worse because we see the pastoral system as a joke.
2) horrendous amount of work. i have literally no time to relax. they pressure the parents into forcing their kids to work. it encourages pushy parenting and bad relationships between parents and kids.
3) they assume everyone there is rich. not everyone comes from wealthy potters bar yet they think we can ALL afford to bring our own devices in. i do not own an ipad and will do worse because of this as they are unwilling to provide resources/technology for free. they make us pay for textbooks, printouts and online revision courses. they act like it is a grammar/private school when it is not, and is required by law to make sure no student misses out due to their position in society.
4) teachers are bullies. they mock the students and if youre not smart enough for them you simply get in trouble, they dont even try and help a kid who isnt paying attention for a reason, they just see a daydreaming student and tell them off on principal rather than considering that their lesson may in fact be extremely tiresome.
5) overpriced, unhealthy and disgusting food.
6) if you're reading this and you also go to daos please give me your thoughts on it, i hope i'm not the only one who can't wait to leave.

I know this is a late reply, but is the sixth form actually that bad? I was thinking about applying.
Recently worked in science block as cleaner,good facilities and pleasant teachers.Rural location can cause travel problems but easy going atmosphere and very peacefull location at far end of school.One of the top state registered schools in the country and excel at sciences.Worked their for a few years and enjoyed company of the teachers and witnessed first hand the difficulties facing the education system during pandemic.I believe during either august or september the school has a complete open day where pupils and families can visit in the evening and sample what the school has to offer.Mark Tatham,ex cleaner.

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