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Highsted: the new way...

…to secure a place in Year 7. From September 2016, pupils seeking a place at Highsted Grammar School will be able to take an additional, optional test at the school on Saturday, 10 September. A selective assessment through the Highsted test will have equal status for a place in Year 7 as a pass in the Kent test. The assessment will comprise of:

  • a computer-based test to assess verbal ability, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning;
  • an English paper to assess reading and writing skills.

In other words, from September 2017, girls will be able to enter Year 7 of Highsted Grammar School, with a selective assessment based on the Highsted test; or the Kent PESE test; or both. The application period for this new Admission route will be available from 1 June to 1 July 2016. To download the Highsted Test Application Form for September 2017 entry, please CLICK HERE.

For additional information about how this new entry procedure will work and to access familiarisation materials, please download our latest support documentation by FOLLOWING THIS LINK.  

A special evening to explain the new scheme has been arranged for parents/carers with a daughter currently in Year 5:

Aim High Club 2016

Are you in Year 5? Are you ready to be a Highsted girl?

 Follow this link for information on how to attend the after-school club for aspiring Highsted pupils.

Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather conditions or other emergencies that may result in school closure, information will be posted on the Kent County Council website: www.kent.gov.uk/winter

Information will also be broadcast by BBC Radio Kent (96.7 / 104.2 fm), Heart FM (103.1 / 102.8 fm) and KMFM (Medway) (107.9 / 100.4 fm). You can also check http://www.kmfm.co.uk/ (Medway area) or http://www.bbc.co.uk/kent. Please note that if such weather seems imminent, further details will be issued at that time.

In these circumstances, the school website will be updated as soon as possible. Please watch this space for specific instructions or information relating to school activities.

Former Highsted student secures place at Harvard
Amelia Henley, who achieved outstanding GCSE results at Highsted Grammar School two years ago and then went on to complete her sixth form education at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, has just been awarded a place at the prestigious American university of Harvard....

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Highsted girls weather demands of challenging engineering project
Six Sixth Form students from Highsted Grammar School have been praised by the Engineering Development Trust for achieving exceptionally high marks in the South-East region – one that is consistently amongst the highest in the UK – for their project in this year’s Engineering Education Scheme....

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New Vacancies
As a result of ongoing development, a number of exciting opportunities have arisen for experienced or newly qualified teachers and support staff at our highly successful girls' grammar school....

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Teaching posts from September

As a result of ongoing curriculum development, a number of exciting opportunities have arisen for experienced or newly qualified teachers at our highly successful girls' grammar school. To obtain further information about vacancies, please follow the link indicated. From September 2016, we are seeking ambitious and creative professionals to contribute to our ongoing improvement in the following area: Science (Biology); Business Studies & Economics.

Teacher of Science - Biology (M/UPR)

Required from September, an exceptional teacher of Science, with an emphasis on Biology, to contribute to the development of this important and popular subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. Biology is an exceptionally successful subject in KS4 and Post-16, so the ability to teach core science in key stage three and Biology to GCSE and to A-level is essential; alongside the desire to join a winning team. Applications are invited from creative and ambitious colleagues who can make a substantial impact on our continuous improvement.

Teacher of Business Studies & Economics (M/UPR)

Required from September, an exceptional teacher of Business Studies and Economics at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a very popular subject in KS4 and Post-16, so the ability to teach to A-level is essential; alongside the desire to join a winning team. Applications are invited from creative and ambitious colleagues who can make a substantial impact on our continuous improvement.

Please follow this link for further details of either post.

Support staff posts

There are currently no vacancies for support staff.

Highsted Grammar School

Welcome to Highsted Grammar School. Highsted is a happy and cohesive community and an environment which liberates young women to take the risks and embrace the challenges that will prepare them for their future roles and responsibilities as leaders in tomorrow’s society.

Our success is as a consequence of striking a fine balance between tradition and innovation. Our values are traditional ones and we offer an unashamedly academic curriculum. We are keenly aware, however, that we are preparing our students for a working life none of us can yet anticipate.  Our focus, therefore, is on developing the skills, attributes and habits of mind that will equip our young women as life-long learners. Our aim is to launch them into the world as self-starters, focused but flexible, armed with the courage to grasp opportunities and the resilience and humour to negotiate setbacks along the way. 

We encourage and support our students in exploring their own potential, nurturing existing talents and interests and discovering new ones along the way.  To ensure we enable each and every girl to fulfil her potential, an emphasis is placed on personalisation, on proactive mentoring and on pastoral care. Our students will embark upon adult life conscious of their worth, ambitious for their futures and aware that they are lucky indeed to have been educated here. 

Highsted is a very special school. If you want to see how special, you are warmly invited to pay us a visit. 

Anne Kelly, Headteacher

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