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Calling all Year 4 & 5 Pupils!

Welcome to your very own High Flyers production! This journal has been designed exclusively for you by Highsted Grammar School. It is packed with ideas and information to enlighten, excite and inspire you to develop a passion for learning across a whole range of subjects, in a way that you may never have thought about before.

To download your personal online edition, just click on the cover page above or follow this link.

To download Issue 1, please follow this link.

To download Issue 2, please follow this link.

To download Issue 3, please follow this link.

To download Issue 4, please follow this link.

To download Issue 5, please follow this link.

To download Issue 6, please follow this link.

Ready to be a Highsted Girl?


Visit our school with a virtual tour

Click here to access our Open Day Presentation. Please open the link using a computer to view the full presentation.


Open Evening 2021

Daughter in Year 6 of primary school? Looking for a grammar school place from September 2022? Come and find out what Highsted is all about at our Open Evening on Monday 11 October or Tuesday 12 October. Click here for further details. Please note: this year's event is by appointment only, and available exclusively to Year 6 pupils and their parents/carers.

For the most recent information about our selection procedures, please follow this link to our Admissions page.

GCSE Students Show Grit & Determination!

Please follow this link for our examinations summary and first images of the Class of 2021 students receiving their GCSE results.

The Photos Say It All!

Please follow this link for our examinations summary and first images of the Class of 2021 students receiving their A-level results.

2021 A-level & GCSE Results

Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government has decided that the Summer 2021 examination series will not go ahead as planned. Instead, teachers will determine your grades, based upon a range of evidence verified by your school or college.

To obtain full information about how this will affect you, please follow this link.

New Year 7 Pupils 2021: a message for parents/carers


In order to support your daughter's transition to Highsted Grammar School in September, please refer to your personal email for the link to our Welcome Presentation. Thank you.

Ready to be a Highsted Girl?


Visit our school with a virtual tour

Click here to access our Open Day Presentation. Please open the link using a computer to view the full presentation.


Secondary Transfer: September 2022

Daughter in Year 5 of primary school? Seeking a Grammar School place from September 2022? For up-to-date information about our selection procedures and to register for the Highsted Optional Test, please click here to take you to our Admissions page.

Looking forward to the challenge of moving to secondary school, but want to know what it's really like? Come and join our special Aim High Club and find out for yourself. It’s a great way to make new friends, try new activities and have fun! We hope to hear from you soon!


Year 5 Activity Day: Highsted takes to the Sky!

If you are currently in Year 5 of primary school and 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 latest Activity Day: Highsted Takes to the Sky! Register your interest now and we shall be in touch to confirm your place as soon as we can.

Please note that this event has been postponed, and will now take place on Saturday 4 September 2021.

Mental Health Awareness Week

To download our PowerPoint presentation slides for Mental Health Awareness Week activities, please follow this link.

Follow the links below to our new Mental Health Awareness pages:

 Student page                  Staff page

International Women's Day 2021

As part of International Women's Day 2021, students have been exploring a range of activities under the slogan #ChooseChallenge.

Year 13 have been leading workshops for Lower School girls on the presence of gender inequality and our need as women to build a positive mindset that captures the idea of Brave, not Perfect. Year 12 have produced a video which champions Courageous Women. To view this thought-provoking piece of work, please follow this link.

More events are planned, so watch this page for further updates.

Year 7 Admissions: September 2021

The offer of a place for your daughter will be given on Monday 1 March 2021. If you do not want the school you have been allocated and wish to appeal for a place at Highsted Grammar School, our September 2021 Appeals Process opens on Monday 1 March and runs until Friday 26 March. For further information regarding this please follow this link to our Opportunities: Admissions webpage.

Super-Curriculum 2021

Our new Super-Curriculum provision for Pre-GCSE and GCSE is now live online. To access our Pre-GCSE materials for Year 9 students who are preparing to begin their GCSE courses in September and our GCSE Enrichment and Extension materials for Key Stage 4 students, please follow this link to the Super-Curriculum 2021 webpage.

Remote Education Provision

During the current Coronavirus pandemic, Highsted Grammar School is providing a comprehensive package of curriculum materials, teaching and support for all our students. To read how this provision is organised and see the answers to frequently asked questions, please follow this link to our new information page.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 

Please click here to view our tribute to Holocaust Memorial Day,
27 January 2021

Visit our Sixth Form with a virtual tour 

Please click here to begin your journey to Highsted Open the link using a computer to view the full presentation.


Entry to Sixth Form: September 2021

Download your Sixth Form Student Guide 2020-21 here

And for anything else you need to know....

...just follow this link to our detailed information page!

Trash Art Competition

Visit our Virtual Exhibition for the Trash Art Competition 2020 by clicking on the image above.

 Please open the link using a computer to view the full presentation.

Trainee Teacher Opportunities

The following positions for postgraduate trainee teachers are recruiting now for a start in September 2021: 

Trainee Teachers of Chemistry, Mathematics, MFL: French/German and Physics, for which a government bursary or scholarship up to the value of £28,000 may be payable. For further information, please click here.

Sport Update: Terms 1 & 2

At present we are unable to offer competitive extra-curricular sport within school, however we are lucky to hear and share some of the success stories from our Highsted students’ extra-curricular achievements outside of school.

To read our latest report, please follow this link.

Class of 2020 - a Force for Change

Year 13 A-level Overview

Further to their outstanding success in 2018, we are pleased to report that the Class of 2020 have maintained their aspirations through to this year's A-level results. Despite the challenges of 2020, the students have once again surpassed previous records of high attainment in national examinations with an unprecedented 81% of grades awarded at A*-B. Please follow this link to read about our students' success. 

Year 11 GCSE Overview

Once again, we are delighted to report some outstanding GCSE results at the end of this unprecedented year, with 58% at Grade 7 or above. To read further about this year's examination success, please follow this link.

Highsted Presents at ASGS Conference

Following on from the success of last year’s attendance at the ASGS (Association of State Girls’ Schools) Conference and the visit of Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu to Highsted in January 2020, Year 12 students were thrilled to be asked to not only participate but present their own workshop, Shake the Snow Globe, to other students from girls’ schools across the UK.

To can read the story in full please follow this link

New webpage: Health & Wellbeing

In Mental Health Awareness week we have created a new webpage to draw together support materials for all in the Highsted community, particularly throughout the current Coronavirus pandemic.

To access the new information please go to Our School: Health & Wellbeing by following this link.  

Online Safety at Home

To support the Highsted community through the Covid-19 school closure and to enable everyone to continue their education by working safely online, we have collected together a range of new resources for students and their parents/carers.

NEW information sheet and activities are available now by following this link.  

Online Safety at Home

Super-Curriculum

The new Highsted Super-Curriculum activities are now available for all Key Stage 3 students, by opening the tab at the top of this page or by following this link.

A new suite of Pre-A-level Bridging Materials, A-level Enrichment Materials and Pre-University Extension Materials are currently being developed for Year 11 & Post-16 students. A range of these activity sheets are now available by following this link.

Important Safeguarding Update - Friday 20th March

Safeguarding Procedures During School Closure

At this difficult time, it is more important than ever that you report concerns linked to a child’s wellbeing.

Please report your concerns as follows:

During normal school hours, contact the school team at: safeguarding@highsted.kent.sch.uk

Outside School Hours, contact Social Services on:

03000 41 11 11 (text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11) or email social.services@kent.gov.uk

If you feel a child is in immediate danger, call 999. 

Activities at Highsted

Please follow the links below to read more about our pre-Covid activities and achievements:

Rebecca's Award from Oxford

Year 13 student Rebecca Scholefield has been awarded First Prize by the judges of the German Classic Essay Writing Competition, run by All Souls College at Oxford University.  The nationwide annual competition is in its third year and aims to stimulate interest in great German writers and influential literary works in German. To read more about Rebecca's exceptional achievement, please follow 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: kent.gov.uk/winter or kentclosures.co.uk

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 kmfm.co.uk/ (Medway area) or 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, exciting opportunities arise from time to time for experienced or newly qualified teachers and support staff at our highly successful girls' grammar school....

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Highsted Remembers 2020
The Highsted community continues to remember and pay homage to Remembrance Day with an installation of ceramic and acrylic poppies, artfully positioned at the entrance to the school site....

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Class of 2020 - a Force for Change
Further to their outstanding success in 2018, Highsted Grammar School are pleased to report that the Class of 2020 have maintained their aspirations through to this year's A-level results....

Read more >

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As a result of ongoing development, exciting opportunities arise from time to time for experienced or newly qualified teachers and support staff at our highly successful girls' grammar school.

    Teaching posts

Head of Physics (M/UPR)
A Recruitment & Retention opportunity is available for a suitably experienced candidate

 

Required from January 2022, exceptional Teacher of Physics, to lead development of the subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high-profile area of school life, so the ability to teach general science to KS3 and Physics to GCSE & A-level is essential, together with the desire to join a winning team. A contribution to the school's extensive enrichment programme would be an advantage. Closing date - Thursday 28 October 2021

 

To obtain further information about this important leadership post, please follow this link.

 

Teacher of Psychology (M/UPR)
A TLR opportunity for pastoral leadership is available for a suitable candidate

 

Required from January 2022, an inspring and dynamic Teacher of Psychology, to join our forward-thinking department. The successful candidate will play a key role in development of Psychology at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. A contribution to the school's extensive enrichment programme would be required. Closing date - Thursday 28 October 2021.

 

To obtain further information about this exciting new opportunity, please follow this link.

 

Teacher of Science: Biology (M/UPR)
A TLR opportunity is available for a suitably experienced candidate wishing to take on a pastoral leader responsibility

 

Required from January 2022, a full-time Teacher of Science: Biology, to contribute to development of the subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. This is a high-profile area of school life, so the ability to teach general science to KS3 and Biology to GCSE & A-level is essential, together with the desire to join a winning team. Closing date - Thursday 21 October 2021.

 

To obtain further information about this important new opportunity, please follow this link.

 

Teacher of Mathematics (M/UPR)
A TLR opportunity is available for a candidate seeking to develop their pastoral leadership in the school

 

Required from January 2022, a full-time Teacher of Mathematics 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 would be an advantage, and the desire to join a winning team is essential. Closing date - Tuesday 5 October 2021.

 

To obtain further information about this exciting new opportunity, please follow this link.

 

    Support staff posts  

      Headteacher's PA (37 hours weekly; all year round, 8am start)

      Highsted Academy Trust band 8: £25,692 per annum

       

      Friendly, flexible and enthusiastic individual required as Headteacher's Personal Assistant at this outstanding girls' grammar school. Responsible for ensuring that the Headteacher is fully supported in all aspects of their work, including confidential matters. The successful candidate will demonstrate complete discretion and also advise on compliance with legislation and DFE guidance.

      To obtain further information about this central leadership support vacancy, please follow this link.

      Administrative Assistant (37 hours weekly; term time plus two weeks during summer break)

      Highsted Academy Trust band 3: £18,039 per annum, pro rata

    Friendly, flexible and enthusiastic Administration Assistant sought to work at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will also assist with Reception tasks. ICT experience is essential but specific training will be given; a First Aid qualification is desirable and willingness to undertake ongoing training is required.  


    To obtain further information about this important support staff vacancy, please follow this link.

Examinations & Data Officer (37 hours weekly; all year round)

Highsted Academy Trust band 6: £20,585 - £22,469 per annum

 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Examinations & Data Officer to join this outstanding girls' grammar school. Main responsibilities include the management of all internal and external examinations, so it is important that you have previous school experience in this area. In assessment periods, the successful candidate will line manage a team of invigilators and provide training where necessary. SIMS experience is essential but specific training will be given.

 

    To obtain further information about this exciting new support staff vacancy, please follow this link.  

    Librarian (25 hours weekly; term time only)

    Highsted Academy Trust band 4: £18,129 - £19,239 per annum, pro rata

     

    Flexible and enthusiastic individual required to work at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will manage and develop the school's Learning Resource Centre, including ordering/control of book stock and other electronic resources. A love of learning and books is essential! Experience of working with young people would be an advantage but specific training will be given to the successful candidate.  

    To obtain further information about this new support staff vacancy, please follow this link.

    KS3 and KS4 Learning Mentors - two posts (37 hours weekly; term time plus four weeks)

    Highsted Academy Trust band 5: £19,335 - £20,483 per annum, pro rata

     

    Flexible and enthusiastic individuals required to work at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidates will fulfil non-teaching roles by liaising with tutor teams and parents in order to support the welfare and progress of pupils across Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4. Experience of working with young people would be an advantage but specific training will be given to the successful candidate.

    To obtain further information about these important student support vacancies, please follow this link.

Science Technician (35 hours weekly; term time only)

Highsted Academy Trust band 4: £18,129 - £19,239 per annum, pro rata

 

We are seeking a flexible and highly motivated Science Technician to join our technician team at this outstanding girls grammar school. The successful candidate’s duties will include preparation and maintenance of equipment, providing support to science staff in preparing resources for lessons and assisting pupils and staff in the classroom.

 

    To obtain further information about this exciting new support staff vacancy, please follow this link.

     

    Trainee Teacher posts  

    The following positions for postgraduate trainee teachers are recruiting now for a start in September 2021: 

    Trainee Teachers of ChemistryMathematics and Physics, for which a government bursary or scholarship up to the value of £28,000 may be payable. For further information, please click here.


     

Highsted Remembers: 2020

To find out more about our school's Remembrance Day commemorations, please follow this link.

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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