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Secondary Transfer: September 2021

Daughter in Year 5 of primary school? Seeking a Grammar School place from September 2021? 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!

School Uniform

Are you looking to buy new uniform items ready for September and feel that you need advice? Please follow this link for information about our uniform requirements and a range of helpful guides about getting hold of the items you require for your daughter.

The Endless Ocean: Year 5 Activity Day

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 Endless Ocean Activity Day. Register your interest now and we shall be in touch to confirm the date as soon as we can. In the meantime, to read the report and see the photos of last year's exciting day: High Noon at Highsted, 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.  

Letter from Rebecca

Wednesday 15 April 2020 marks 75 years since British troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen Belsen, Germany. To read Rebecca's letter which commemorates this anniversary, please follow this link to our Community Events page. 


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:

Outside School Hours, contact Social Services on:

03000 41 11 11 (text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11) or email

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

Recent Activities at Highsted

Please follow the links below to read more about our latest activities and achievements:

Digital Parenting

Please click here to download the latest edition of Digital Parenting magazine.

To obtain our latest letter relating to e-safety and the use of TikTock social networking app, please click here.

Masterclass in Maths at Highsted

Come and join us for the new exciting sessions of Masterclass in Maths early next year. Please follow this link for details about how to apply for a place. We look forward to hearing from you!

Class of 2019

Miss reading about our summer examination results in the local press? Click here to catch up on the A-level and GCSE achievement summary for Year 13 and Year 11 students.

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

Wild West: Year 5 Activity Day Report

To read the report and see the photos of this exciting day, please follow this link.

Citizenship & Enterprise 2019

To read about the activities undertaken during this year's Citizenship & Enterprise Week, please follow this link.

Photographs taken during the week can be seen through our Citizenship & Enterprise Photo Gallery webpage - click here to go directly to the images. 

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: or

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 (Medway area) or 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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ASGS International Women's Day 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....

Read more >

World Book Day 2020
On Friday 6 March, Highsted celebrated World Book Day with staff and students honouring the world of comic book and graphic novel characters by wearing costumes for the day to raise money for charity....

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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

    Part-time Teacher of Design & Technology (Maternity Cover - 0.6 or 0.4 FTE - M/UPR)


    We are seeking an inspiring and creative part-time Teacher of Design & Technology (maternity cover) from Septmber for our dynamic and forward-thinking department, who can move the KS3 Design & Technology curriculum forward. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of the subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. A contribution to the school’s extensive enrichment programme (STEM) would be required. Closing date - 8 August 2020.


    To obtain further information about this new opportunity to join our teaching team, please follow this link.


Support Staff posts

    Examinations Officer & Data Manager

    (37 hours weekly; term time plus three weeks)

    Highsted Academy Trust pay band 7: £22,581 - £25,564 pro rata.


    Flexible and enthusiastic Examinations Officer & Data Manager required to work at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will also assist with marketing tasks. ICT experience essential but specific training will be given to the successful candidate.


    Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.


    To obtain further information about this exciting opportunity to join our support team, please follow this link. 

    Trainee Teacher posts

    The current round of school-based teacher training placements has now closed. The next round of applications for a September 2021 start will be advertised from October. For further information, please click here.


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


Important message for young people and parents/carers

CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for information, advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button on the top right of our website.

If you are an adult stakeholder and require further information, advice or wish to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.


Highsted Grammar School Privacy Notice

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