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“I am particularly enjoying my involvement in the variety of clubs and activities that are available; teachers are great at getting you involved in team work!”
Chloe, Year 10
There is, however, far more to education than what goes on in the formal classroom. To this end, a substantial part of any girl’s time at this school is given over to activities outside the classroom. Our enrichment provision is very wide indeed, and covers music, drama, sports, and a wealth of other interests and activities including dozens of lunch-time and after-school clubs, as well as trips, visits and off-site opportunities both within the UK and abroad.
In order to support these wider curriculum activities, it is necessary from time to time to seek a voluntary contribution from parents and/or carers. Details of the school's charging and remissions policy can be obtained through this link.
At Highsted, we hold the prestigious Sportsmark Award from Sport England for outstanding sports provision and opportunity and the National Healthy School Award. But here, participation in sporting activity is not just for the most talented or the best, there are clubs and competitions for many different sports at many different levels, from beginner to representation at county level. We recognise that patterns for a healthy lifestyle are set in these formative adolescent years and we are proud of the fact that there really is something for everyone.
There are drama productions, musicals, and concerts performed every term and all girls are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Swale Music Centre uses the school as a venue for its weekly practice sessions and more than 100 girls sing in one or more of the Highsted choral groups. In addition to school events, the Highsted Choir has performed annually since 2004 at a special Christmas Concert held at Mount Ephraim, in support of the Swale Youth Development Fund.
Across all year groups, there are countless trips and visits which take place in the UK and beyond, there have been history trips to Belgium and Poland, work experience in Brussels, study visits to France, exchange partnerships in France and Germany, residential visits, theatre visits, ski trips, the list goes on and on. In other words there is an extensive programme of educational and recreational activity - all designed to contribute to the overall education of our students.