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Out of Africa: Year 5 Activity Day 2016

Anything planned for Saturday 18 June? If you would like to find out what it's like to be a pupil at Highsted, come and explore the range of subjects we teach through our Out of Africa Activity Day. To find out more information and how to book a place, please click on this link.

Open Day 2016

Daughter in Year 5? Seeking a grammar school place from September 2017? Come and see what exciting opportunities Highsted has to offer her. Please follow this link for more information.

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, and application forms will be available for download here throughout June.

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.

New this term: The Franklin Voice

This term we are proud to share with you all our House newsletter, The Franklin Voice. To read about our House activities - drama, sports and assemblies, see our term in photos, and follow the progress of our charity work, please click on this link.

 

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.

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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Charlotte dances to success
Year 8 student Charlotte T has recently achieved first place with her formation team in the annual Northern Masters Latin and Ballroom Formation Dance Competition, held this year at the King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent in March....

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Students Rise to Franklin Challenge
Franklin House’s Grammar School Challenge – a charity event to raise money for the learning disability charity Mencap – reached its dramatic climax in March when the final two rounds of the competition took place between S2 and C2 during whole school assemblies.  In a nail-biting conclusion to the general knowledge team quizzes, the results from each final were added together, making S2 the winners by only two points.  Winning team member Katie P said: “I took part in this event, and competed against C2 and won....

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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 any of these new vacancies, please follow the links indicated. From September 2016, we are seeking ambitious and creative professionals to contribute to our ongoing improvement in the following areas: MFL (German & French); Design & Technology (Product Design/Food Technology); Drama & related subjects; Mathematics; English; Business Studies & Economics; and Art.

Teacher of MFL - German & French (M/UPR + opportunity for TLR 2 responsibility post)

Required from September, exceptional teacher of MFL to contribute to development of this subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high profile area of school life, so the ability to teach to A-level and the desire to join a winning team are essential. A significant contribution to the school’s European enrichment programme would be expected.

The opportunity to take on a management responsibility as Head of House is also available for a suitably experienced candidate.  

Please follow this link for further details. 

Teacher of Design & Technology - Product Design/Food Technology (M/UPR)

Required from September, exceptional teacher of Design & Technology (Product Design/Food Technology) to contribute to development of this subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This post would be suitable for an NQT or an experienced professional looking to further their expertise. The ability to teach Product Design to A-level and contribute substantially to Food Technology are desirable. The desire to join a winning team is essential. A contribution to the school’s extensive enrichment programme (STEM) would be required.

Please follow this link for further details.

Teacher of Drama & related subjects (M/UPR)

Required from September, an exceptional teacher of Drama to develop further the excellence of communication-based subjects at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high profile area of school life, so the ability to teach to A-level and to contribute to English, film or media is essential. A significant contribution to the school’s wide enrichment programme would be expected. 

The opportunity to take on a management responsibility as Head of House (+TLR 2) is also available for a suitably experienced candidate.

Please follow this link for further details.

Teacher of Mathematics (M/UPR)

Required from September an exceptional teacher of Mathematics to contribute to the development of this subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high profile area of school life, so the ability to teach to A-level would be an advantage and the desire to join a winning team is essential. A TLR opportunity is available with this post for experienced candidates.

Please follow this link for further details.

Teacher of English (M/UPR)

Required from September, a dynamic, innovative and creative teacher of English to develop further the excellence of the subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high profile area of school life, so the ability to teach to A-level is essential. There is scope for the successful candidate to teach related subjects in Media and Film Studies at A-level. Significant contribution to the school’s wide enrichment programme would be expected.

Please follow this link for further details.

Required from September, a dynamic, innovative and creative
teacher of English to develop further the excellence of the
subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a
high profile area of school life, so the ability to teach to Alevel
is essential. There is scope for the successful candidate
to teach related subjects in Media and Film Studies at A-level.
Significant contribution to the school’s wide enrichment
programme would be expected.

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.

Teacher of Art (M/UPR)

Required from September an exceptional teacher of Art to contribute to the development of this subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high profile area of school life, so the ability to teach to A-level would be an advantage and the desire to join a winning team is essential. 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.

Support staff posts

Receptionist/Administration Assistant

(37 hours weekly; term time plus staff development days) Highsted Academy Trust pay band 3: £12,658 - pro rata to £14,952 

Friendly, flexible and enthusiastic Receptionist/Administration Assistant required to work at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. The successful candidate will also monitor the medical room and assist with administrative office tasks. Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

Please follow this link for further details.

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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