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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.

Mad Science Saturday

On Saturday 9 February, 46 budding scientists from 15 different primary schools visited Highsted to participate in a day of fantastic activities. To read about this event and other scientific activities at Highsted, please follow this link to our STEM page.

STEM Research Lecture: No. 4

Curious about science.... the environment.... the natural world.... or just your own future?

Come and see what the world of science and technology is going to mean for you through our new series of STEM research lectures. Next event: Thursday 21 March 2019

Sing Up to Cancer raises £2500!

On Saturday and Sunday 19-20 January, a number of Highsted students organised Sing Up to Cancer with a Musical, in support of Cancer Research UK. To read more about their fantastic achievement, please follow this link.

Parent Governor Election

Results of the recent parent governor election have now been counted. For further information, please follow this link

A Day in Parliament

The 4th of January provided a day of educational enrichment for both Year 12 & 13 politics students, who were given the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament. To read about this story in the words of one participant, please follow this link.

Admissions Arrangements Consultation

Highsted Grammar School is consulting on its admissions arrangements for entry to the school from September 2020.  For further information, please follow this link.

Christmas Jumpers for Charity

On Wednesday 19 December, the last day of term, staff and students wore a range of colourful Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity. The chosen charity this year was Save the Children and the school managed to raise almost £400 for this worthy cause.

This year’s jumpers ranged from traditional Christmas design such as reindeer and stars to more elaborate examples such as a full Christmas scene complete with real flashing lights and three-dimensional snowmen with protruding orange noses! Thanks to all who contributed.

Christmas Comes to Highsted

As usual, the last few weeks of the autumn term seem to race by in a flurry of activity as enrichment activities and community events take central stage in enhancing the students' curriculum. Many of these activities are featured on the site, so to read more details about how we celebrate the Christmas season through our learning, just follow the links:

Stormy Seas at Highsted

On Friday 30 November, Highsted held its first Shakespeare Day, inviting local primary school pupils to attend a series of English and Drama workshops based around The Tempest – Shakespeare’s play about a group of noblemen who are shipwrecked on a magical island. To read more about this innovative project, please follow the link.

It was Nine-thirty on Christmas Eve...

On 27 of November, Highsted Drama students went to the Fortune Theatre in London to see Robin Herford’s chilling creative adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. Click here to read how this wonderful production captured the imagination and played on the minds of the audience in the most unsettling of ways... 

Charity Bazaar Success

On Monday 19 November, Year 8 students staged their annual charity bazaar in the school hall. To read about this year's event, please click here.

Highsted Reflects: Ypres

On Sunday 11 November, for the sixth and final time, Highsted students attended Swale Borough Council’s Civic Journey of Commemoration to Ypres in Belgium on Armistice Day, this year marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. To read their reflections that mark this historic trip, please follow click here.

Highsted Remembers

The Highsted community marked the centenary of the end of the First World War on 11 November with an art installation greeting visitors to the school and prompting daily reflection for students and staff...

Please follow this link to read more about one hundred poppies for one hundred years. 

Highsted Meets Henderson

On Friday 16 November, Highsted students engaged in a lively debate with visiting politician Gordon Henderson. The entire Year 11 cohort, along with Years 12 & 13 A-level Politics and Sociology students had the opportunity to have conversations about politics and engage with local and national issues important to them. To follow this story, please click here

Year 7 Tea Party 2018

On Tuesday 6 November, Highsted held its annual Tea Party, celebrating a successful transition for Year 7 students from primary to secondary school and raising money for the Wisdom Hospice charity. To follow this story and see our photos, please click here

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 Performs at the Glee Club Challenge
The fantastic vocal harmony group The Origin performed at the regional final of the Glee Club Challenge on Sunday 27 January....

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Awards Evening 2018
On Wednesday 12 December, Highsted Grammar School’s staff, students, governors, parents and representatives from the local community came together to celebrate the outstanding success of the school’s GCSE and A-level results....

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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 Business Studies and/or Economics - M/UPS


Required from September, an innovative and creative teacher of Business and/or Economics to develop further the excellence of the department 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. Additional extra-curricular connections, new approaches to teaching or the capacity to develop outstanding resources would be an advantage.

Further information about this exciting new opportunity is available by following this link.

Teacher of English - M/UPS


Required from September, a dynamic, innovative and creative teacher of English to develop further the excellence of this subject at our 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. A significant contribution to the school’s wide enrichment programme would be expected.

Further information about this exciting new opportunity is available by following this link.

Teacher of Mathematics - M/UPS

TLR 2c opportunity is available for a suitable candidate.


Required from September 2019, an exceptional teacher of Mathematics to contribute to developments in 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.

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

Subject Leader (Chemistry) - M/UPS + TLR 2c

Recruitment incentive available with this post for a suitable candidate.


Required from April or September 2019, exceptional teacher to play a key role in the development of Science 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 lead a winning team of experienced teachers and support staff are essential. A contribution to the school’s extensive enrichment programme would be expected.

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

Support staff posts

KS3 Learning Mentor (37 hours weekly; term time plus four weeks)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 6: £19,864 - £21,789 per annum, pro rata.


Flexible and enthusiastic individual required to work at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will fulfill a non-teaching role by liaising with tutor teams and parents in order to support the welfare and progress of pupils across key stage three. 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 pupil support vacancy, please follow this link.

Cover Supervisor/Teaching Assistant (32 hours weekly; term time only)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 5: £18,059 - £19,863 per annum, pro rata.


Flexible and highly motivated Cover Supervisor/Teaching Assistant required at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate’s duties will include supervision of pupils in the classroom and support on an individual or small group basis for children with SEND. 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 support staff vacancy, please follow this link.

Receptionist/Administration Assistant (37 hours weekly; full time)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 3: £15,628 - £17,188 per annum.


Friendly, flexible and enthusiastic Receptionist/Administration Assistant required at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will also monitor the medical room and assist with administrative office tasks. A First Aid qualification and willingness to undertake training is desirable. ICT experience is essential, but specific training will be given. Experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

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

Administration Assistant (25 hours weekly; term time only)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 3: £8,939 (£15,628 - £17,188 per annum, pro rata.)


Friendly, flexible and enthusiastic Administration Assistant required at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will assist with administrative office tasks including SIMs pupil database and reception duties. A First Aid qualification or willingness to undertake training is desirable. ICT experience is essential, but specific training will be given. Knowledge of SIMs and experience of working with young people would be an advantage.

To obtain further information about this new support vacancy, 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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