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Highsted Hosts Swale Youth Forum

On Tuesday 2 October, Highsted hosted this year's first Swale Youth Forum meeting with the School Council representing our student body. To read more about this story and find out how young people can get involved in the local community and have their voice heard, please follow this link.

We are delighted to report another year of excellent achievements by pupils in their GCSE examination – with 53% of all results at Grades 9-7. While nationally only 2% of grades are expected to be awarded at Grade 9, a remarkable 11% of all Highsted’s GCSEs were awarded the very top grade!
To find out more about this superb achievement by Highsted girls, please follow this link.

GCSE Pupils Excel!

We are delighted to report another year of excellent achievements by pupils in their GCSE examination – with 53% of all results at Grades 9-7. While nationally only 2% of grades are expected to be awarded at Grade 9, a remarkable 11% of all Highsted’s GCSEs were awarded the very top grade!
To find out more about this superb achievement by Highsted girls, please follow this link.

We are delighted to report another year of excellent achievements by pupils in their GCSE examination – with 53% of all results at Grades 9-7. While nationally only 2% of grades are expected to be awarded at Grade 9, a remarkable 11% of all Highsted’s GCSEs were awarded the very top grade!

To find out more about this superb achievement by Highsted girls, please follow this link.

Citizenship & Enterprise Update

During Citizenship Week in July this year, a group of students participating in a Hogwarts themed activity, including magical lessons such as Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures and Quidditch. This term students have finally seen their efforts in Herbology paying off.

To read about these activities, please follow this link.

Open Day 2018

Daughter in Year 6 of primary school? Looking for a grammar school place from September 2019? Come and find out what Highsted is all about at our Open Day on Thursday 4 October. Click here for further details. 

For the most recent information about our selection procedures, please click here to take you to our Admissions page.

Free School Meals

If your child is under 19 and in full-time education, you may be able to get free school meals for them. For further information about eligibility and how to apply, please follow this link. To read more about the our work to bridge the gap for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, please click here to go to our Pupil Premium webpage.

Carnival of Colour: Year 5 Activity Day

Unable to attend our Carnival of Colour Activity Day on Saturday 16 June? Watch this space to read our report about the event and to find information about the next Open Day and other exciting activities for primary school pupils. 

Carnegie Shadowing Group

This year students at Highsted have joined the many schools across the country participating in the Carnegie Award Shadowing Scheme. The Carnegie Award is an annual prize given to writers of Young Adult Fiction. The Shadowing Scheme gives students the chance to follow the award process by reading the shortlisted books and voting for the one they feel should win. To read all about our activities within this scheme, please follow the link and check out our Carnegie Group webpage. 

STEM - Making Learning Fun!

An important part of our curriculum here at Highsted is a sharp focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To see our brand new web page which celebrates a range of exciting approaches to these subject areas, please follow this link.

Class of 2017

To read about our students' outstanding GCSE and A-level examination performance, please follow this link. Our sincere congratulations go to all the students and staff concerned - well done!

Citizenship Week 2017: 12-14 July

To read the accounts of last year's Citizenship & Enterprise activities, please click here. To see a selection of photographs from the week, 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 Hosts Swale Youth Forum
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Lower School Awards
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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

Teacher of Music (M/UPR)

Exceptional teacher of Music required 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 to A-level would be an advantage and the desire to join a winning team is essential. A significant contribution to the school's wide enrichment programme would be expected.  

To obtain further information about this creative teaching opportunity, please follow this link.

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

Exceptional teacher of Mathematics required to contribute to development of the subject at this outstanding girls’ grammar school - starting date by agreement. 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. 

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

Support staff posts

IT Assistant (35 hours weekly - 08:00 - 16:00; term time plus two weeks)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 3: £15,253 - £16,967 per annum, pro rata.


Flexible and practical IT Assistant is required to maintain the IT suites and related equipment across the school; contributing directly to the development of skills and resources in this area. The successful candidate will provide support for staff and pupils in the delivery of the curriculum, so experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

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

Senior Science Technician (35 hours weekly; term time plus one week)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 5: £17,828 - £19,608 per annum, pro rata.


Flexible and highly motivated Senior Science Technician required to lead our technician team at this outstanding girls' grammar school. Duties will include preparation and maintenance of equipment; stock control; ordering procedures; and assisting both pupils and staff in the classroom. Knowledge of current health and safety legislation would be an advantage, as would experience of leading and managing educational support staff.

 

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

 

Science Technician (35 hours weekly; term time only)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 4: £16,968 - £17,827 per annum, pro rata.


Flexible and highly motivated Science Technician required at this outstanding girls' grammar school. Duties will include preparation and maintenance of equipment; providing support to science teachers in organising resources for lessons; and assisting both pupils and staff in the classroom. A sound knowledge or experience of Physics would be an advantage.

 

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

 

 

Full time Premises Support Assistant (37 hours weekly, Monday to Friday). Highsted Academy Trust pay band 2: £15,107 - £15,252 per annum, plus overtime. 

Adaptable, committed person with a range of practical skills is required to carry out caretaking and light maintenance duties at the school.  Flexible shift pattern involving lates and earlies, to include some weekends and on call. Additional overtime occasionally as needed.

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

Flexible and enthusiastic individual required to work at this outstanding girls grammar school. 
The successful candidate will support ICT facilities within the school, providing support for staff and pupils in the delivery of the curriculum. Maintain the ICT suite and all IT equipment, and contribute directly to the development of skills and resources relating to ICT in the schoo 

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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