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Parent Governor Vacancy

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.

Open Day 2019

Daughter in Year 6 of primary school? Looking for a grammar school place from September 2020? Come and find out what Highsted is all about at our Open Day on Thursday 3 October. Click here for further details.

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.

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


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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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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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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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.


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


Support Staff posts

Receptionist/Administration Assistant

(37 hours weekly; all year round, Monday to Friday)

Highsted Academy Trust pay band 3: £15,841 - £17,188 per annum.


Friendly, flexible and enthusiastic person required to work at this outstanding girls’ grammar school. The successful candidate will also monitor the medical room and assist with administrative office tasks. ICT experience is essential but specific training will be given. A first aid qualification is desirable, together with willingness to undergo training.  Experience of working with young people would be an advantage. Please note: revised closing date for applications Monday 30 September 2019.


To obtain further information about this new 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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