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Recent Activities at Highsted

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Sixth Form Information Evening 2019

If you are a more able student currently in Year 11 and thinking about next year's Sixth Form opportunities, come and find out what Highsted has to offer you by attending our Information Evening on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 6.30pm. Click here for details.

For further information about how you could succeed in the Highsted Sixth Form and what provision you might expect, please follow this link.

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

Parent Governor Vacancy - UPDATE

A letter in respect of the election of a parent governor is now available to all parents/carers. If you have a child currently attending the school and require further information, please follow this link.

Admissions Update

Daughter in Year 6 of primary school and looking for a grammar school place from September 2020? If you were unable to attend our recent Open Day on Thursday 3 October, please telephone to arrange a visit to the school where you can look around and meet our current students.

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

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. 

Highsted Trash Art Competition

Early in July, Highsted held its first Key Stage 2 art competition, open to all Swale primary schools. The theme of the competition was Recycled Materials: Trash Art. Besides being great fun, it was a novel way to educate pupils about different ways in which they can use unwanted items and help promote recycling across more schools in Swale. Please follow this link to read more about this activity. 

The Sun Comes Out at Highsted

This year Highsted’s school production was the musical Annie. Once again a huge number of students auditioned, so over the three days the play was performed there were multiple casts, making it an excellent opportunity for students to try out their acting, production and musical talents. To see the photos and read more about this story, please click here to go to our Wider Curriculum webpage.

Young Enterprise Winners

This year Highsted have been visited by Enterprise Business Partnership. Representatives from the group worked with Year 10 for two days on an Enterprise Project in which teams of students were challenged to design and market an innovative product, before presenting their ideas to a panel of expert judges. To find the winners and read more about this activity, just follow this link to our Enrichment Activities webpage.

Success in Athletics

Highsted is currently enjoying high levels of success in the summer athletics programme with wins in the Swale Athletics Competition and excellent individual achivements in the Kent Schools' Track & Field Championships. To read more about this year's competitions, please follow this link to the Highsted Match Reports page.  

New webpage 'Our Charity Events'

At Highsted students have always been encouraged to think about the wider world and people who do not share the advantages that they, themselves, enjoy. Each House supports their chosen charity with a range of events throughout the year and many students regularly demonstrate their own initiative in planning and organising fund-raising activities for a wide range of different causes. This new webpage is designed to bring you a snapshot of the activities in which we are currently involved, starting with Chanel's recent charity week event; followed this week by a report on Seacole's event during the last week of June. Please click here to take you to Our Charity Events page. 

Healthy Food Showdown

On Friday 7 June, Highsted was visited by the ‘Healthy Food Roadshow’ delivered by Chef Ian Rotherham from the Fun Food Company. To read about this event involving all Year 7 grils and 160 pupils from local primary schools, please follow this link.  

Evie Wins Robot Design Challenge

Highsted student Evie S, Year 8, has recently been awarded a certificate for the Third Best Overall Design for Years 7-13 in the University Robot Challenge Competition 2019 – run by the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich. To read more about this outstanding achievemment, please follow the link.

'Bone Talk' - Year 7 Author Visit

On Thursday 28 February, 366 students from Highsted and Fulston Manor schools attended an exciting talk by author Candy Gourlay. Her new book Bone Talk has been nominated for several awards including the Carnegie and Costa Book Prizes. You can read more about this event and Candy Gourlay's new book by following this link.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Highsted Student's First Prize 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, for Sixth Form students....

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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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Engineering Team Takes on Bomb Disposal
From October 2018 to May 2019, the Year 12 Engineering Team took on the Engineering Education Scheme task, set by their mentor partner company BAE Systems in Rochester, to look for ways to improve robotic arms used in bomb disposal robots....

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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

Subject Leader - Modern Foreign Languages

(M/UPR + TLR 2c)


Required from January 2020, an inspiring and dynamic teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, to lead our forward thinking department at this outstanding girls' grammar school. The successful candidate will be required to teach French or German to A-level, with the ability to teach the second language. A contribution to the school's extensive enrichment programme would be expected. Please note: revised closing date - Monday, 25 November 2019.


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


Support Staff posts

There are currently no vacancies for support staff. Please watch this page for opportunities to join our team as they arise.

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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