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#LetGirlsPlay

With support from our Game Changers, Go Lead team, Whistlers and Sports Leaders, the PE department is taking part in the Biggest Ever Football Session on Friday 8th March.

To download further information and the full-sized poster for this exciting event, please click here.

Awards Afternoon: Class of 2023

Awards Afternoon for the Class of 2023 was held on Tuesday 4 January, and proved to be a very motivating event for all the students involved. To read our student account of this inspirational afternoon of celebration, please follow this link.

Mad Science Saturday 2024!

On Saturday 3 February Highsted held it largest ever Mad Science Saturday event. One hundred and eighteen girls and and boys from across 21 local primary schools attended the school to become scientists for the day. To read our report about this special day, just follow this link.

Highsted Remembers

On Armistice Day, 12 November, the head girl team participated in a community event which is always charged with special meaning, but which this year had added resonance. Armistice Day commemorates not just those men and women who have fallen in conflict since the First World War, but gives us opportunity to recommit to the values which those individuals gave up their lives to preserve: justice, peace and freedom.

To read our account in full, please follow this link.

Class of 2023: GCSE

Highsted Grammar School is delighted to report another year of success by students receiving their GCSE results. Students have consistently demonstrated their willingness to overcome challenges during their schooling and showed focus and determination following the interrupted years of the pandemic and as a school we are rightly proud of them!

It is particularly pleasing to note the significant cohort of students who achieved the very top grades across all their subjects. These exceptional students included: Samantha A, Anjie A, Saffron B, Katherine B, Hannah C, Rachel C, Ellie F, Evie G, Sophie H, Phoebe H, Dara J, Esther M, Bethany M, Rosie-May M, Sydney S and Sophie T

We are full of admiration and pride for all our students who thoroughly deserve this considerable level of success and we would like to thank their parents and teachers for their continued support to enable them to achieve these results.

To see more photos of celebration, please follow this link.

A-level Results Day 2023

Highsted Grammar School is pleased to report that the Class of 2023 have maintained the high standard of achievement at A-level. Despite the continued challenges associated with the last three years, the students have shown tremendous determination and commitment to their studies with 74% of grades awarded at A*-B. 

Students have strived to achieved the very top grades across a range of facilitating subjects, with over a third of the cohort grades awarded as A*/A. Exceptional performances of three A*/A grades were awarded to Sienna D, Grace D, Oakleigh F, Bethany F, Alex F, Rosie G, Elena I, Madeline K, Ellie L, Olivia M, Karine M, Neve R, Brooke S, Ria T and Ilana W.

The school is grateful to the teachers and parents who have supported our students in their journey to success, and proud of the outstanding individuals they have each become. We wish them every success in their future careers.

To see more photographs from this morning’s special day of celebration, please follow this link.

Calling all Year 4 & 5 Pupils!

Welcome to your very own High Flyers production! This journal has been designed exclusively for you by Highsted Grammar School. It is packed with ideas and information to enlighten, excite and inspire you to develop a passion for learning across a whole range of subjects, in a way that you may never have thought about before.

To download your personal online edition, just click on the cover page above or follow this link. Earlier editions from the past year are available by following the links below.

To download Issue 12, please follow this link.

To download Issue 13, please follow this link.

To download Issue 14, please follow this link.

To download Issue 15, please follow this link.

Highsted Careers Bulletin

Welcome to our regular Careers Bulletin! Thinking about your future? Curious about opportunities available to you? Eager to learn about exciting new careers? Download your own copy of the Highsted Careers Bulletin Summer 2022/23 now. Just click on the cover page above. To download earlier issues, please follow this link to our Events: Newsletters page.

School Games Gold Mark Award 2023

We are delighted to announce that Highsted Physical Education department has achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year!

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. To read more about this scheme and Highsted's achievement within it, please download the full-sized poster by clicking on the image above or following this link.

HighLights Magazine

Welcome to HighLights, your personal school magazine, written by Highsted students, for Highsted students.

To download your own copy, click on the cover page above or just follow the HighLights! 

To download Issues 1 - 4, please click on the cover pages below.

          

International Women's Day 2023

To read our students' account of Highsted's International Women's Day celebrations, please follow the link to our Student Voice webpage.

Reading at Highsted: a whole school commitment

At Highsted, '...Reading is actively promoted, and pupils are encouraged to read more widely.' (Ofsted, 2023.) Welcome to our latest webpage, which emphasises the importance and value of reading for life - whatever your age, whatever your ability, whatever your interest. 

Please follow this link to find out why we believe that reading is so beneficial for learning, for creativity and for wellbeing.

Mad Science Saturday

On Saturday 4 February 2023, we hosted our annual event Mad Science Saturday. Fifty three boys and girls from 15 different primary schools across Swale attended Highsted to take part in interactive science workshops. To read an account of this important primary school liaison day, please follow this link.  

U18 Kent Schools' Football Cup

On Monday 6th March, Highsted Grammar School U18 football team travelled away to the Marsh Academy in New Romney for the quarter finals of the Kent Cup. To read our Match Report in full, please follow this link.

Girls on Board: new webpage 

 

To visit our new Girls on Board webpage and find out more about this exciting new programme at Highsted, please follow this link.

Local artist inspires A-level students

Highsted Art Department was delighted to welcome local artist Charles Williams to the school in late November to deliver a talk on his inspirations, techniques, works and what it’s really like to be an artist working in the industry!

The school’s A-level Art students had the opportunity to see Williams’ most recent and favourite works, and were invited to ask questions and engage with the artist as he explained his influences and processes. Williams’ rich medium of improvisatory storytelling through his self-described 'collage of styles' inspired the students to challenge themselves to connect with the observer. Williams emphasised the importance of evoking a 'visceral response' to one’s work, which could be accomplished by taking risks and testing the limits of the media they use.

To read this article in full, please click on the image above.

Entry to Sixth Form: September 2023

Download your Sixth Form Student Guide 2023-25 here.

Visit our Sixth Form with a virtual tour 

Please click here to begin your journey to Highsted. Remember to open the link using a computer to view the full presentation.

For further information direct from our specialist subject staff and for anything else you need to know...

...just follow this link to our detailed information page!

Sister Act: Student Review

To read a detailed review and see a collection of photographs from our latest school production, Sister Act, just follow this link to our Student Voice page. The performance was received with great acclaim and appreciation by packed audiences during the last week of June, and our review is written by talented Year 10 student, Chik O-N.

Highsted Travels back in Time

On Saturday 18 June Highsted hosted its annual Taster Saturday event, this year themed ‘Highsted Travel Back in Time,’ when 125 pupils from across 34 local primary schools participated in a range of interactive workshops. To read about this and see our photos, please follow the link to our Community Events page.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

On Tuesday 28 June, Highsted held its second Shakespeare Day, inviting local primary school pupils to attend a series of English and Drama workshops. To read the report on our exciting way to learn about Macbeth, please follow this link to our Community Events page.

Mathletics 2022

On Wednesday 8 June, 65 children from six different primary schools came to Highsted for Year 5 Mathletics. The pupils arranged themselves into teams of five and competed in four different activities using their mathematical knowledge, problem solving skills and team work. To read about this inter-school event and other scientific activities at Highsted, please follow this link to our STEM page.

Highsted Digital Leaders: Safer Internet Day

Please click here to go to our Online Safety at Home webpage for more information about the Digital Leadership Programme. To download our Digital Leaders' account of their activities to date and the proposals for their Safer Internet Day assembly, please follow this link.

Highsted Sixth Form: 10 Days of Action

Inspired by the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Highsted Grammar School’s Sixth Form has created its very own 10 Days of Action to raise awareness of key issues that matter most to our community. As form groups, students have produced a daily focal point for all students to consider and discuss.

To see more about this initiative, please follow this link to our Student Voice webpage.

To download your own copy of their presentation, please click here.

Mad Science Saturday 2022!

Saturday 5 February saw Highsted Grammar School host its annual STEM activity, Mad Science Saturday 2022. The event was a morning of fun-filled, engaging scientific experiments aimed at inspiring Year 5 girls and boys to be enthralled with Science! To read the full report and see photos from the day, please follow this link to our STEM page. 

Ready to be a Highsted Girl?


Visit our school with a virtual tour

Click here to access our Open Day Presentation. Please open the link using a computer to view the full presentation.


Mental Health Update

In support of students and parents, at Highsted we work in conjunction with the Mental Health charity, Place2Be.

Parenting Smart offers practical advice for parents and carers of children aged 5-11. All of the content is created by Place2Be's parenting experts. It is based on evidence and their experiences working with children, young people and their families. Please follow this link to our Health & Wellbeing webpage, where you will find further information and access to the services offered by this important Parental Support site. 

Health & Wellbeing webpage

In Mental Health Awareness week we have created a new webpage to draw together support materials for all in the Highsted community. To access the latest information please go to Our School: Health & Wellbeing by following this link.  

Online Safety at Home

To support the Highsted community through school closures and to enable everyone to continue their education by working safely online, we have collected together a range of new resources for students and their parents/carers. Information sheets and activities are available now by following this link.  

Super-Curriculum

The new Highsted Super-Curriculum activities are now available for all Key Stage 3 students, by opening the tab at the top of this page or by following this link.

A new suite of Pre-A-level Bridging Materials, A-level Enrichment Materials and Pre-University Extension Materials are currently being developed for Year 11 & Post-16 students. A range of these activity sheets are now available by following this link.

Important Safeguarding Update

Safeguarding Procedures During School Closure

During school closures, it is more important than ever that you report concerns linked to a child’s wellbeing.

Please report your concerns as follows:

During normal school hours, contact the school team at: safeguarding@highsted.kent.sch.uk

Outside School Hours, contact Social Services on:

03000 41 11 11 (text relay 18001 03000 41 11 11) or email social.services@kent.gov.uk

If you feel a child is in immediate danger, call 999. 

Activities at Highsted

Please follow the links below to read more about a varied range of our activities and achievements:

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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Awards Afternoon 2024
Awards Afternoon for the Class of 2023 was held on Tuesday 4 January and proved to be a very motivating and inspiring event. ...

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Awards Evening: Class of 2022
The Highsted Community were delighted to welcome students, parents and special guests to our annual Award’s evening....

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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.

To obtain further information about any of these current vacancies, please follow this link to our Vacancies & Teacher Training page.

 

    Teaching posts  

    Assistant Headteacher: Mathematics and Whole School Assessment & Reporting (Leadership Range L10-14)


    Full-time Head of Sociology (MPS/UPR + TLR 2b)  


    Full-time Head of Psychology (MPS/UPR + TLR 2b)


    Head of Drama - part-time considered (MPS/UPR + TLR 2b)


    Full-time Head of Year (MPS/UPR + TLR 2c)

    Teacher of Geography - part-time considered (MPS/UPR)


    Teacher of German (MPS/UPR)


    Teacher of Mathematics (MPS/UPR + TLR 2b available for Leadership of Post-16 Maths)


      

Support staff posts

        Examinations Officer (37 hours weekly; term time plus four weeks)

        Highsted Academy Trust pay band 8: £28,598 - £32,333 per annum, pro rata

         

        Attendance Officer (37 hours weekly; term time plus development days)

        Highsted Academy Trust pay band 5: £22,595 FTE

        Headteacher's Personal Assistant (37 hours weekly; full-time - 8am start)
        Highsted Academy Trust pay band 11: £43,216 - £49,323 per annum
        Examinations Officer (37 hours weekly; 42 weeks per year - term time plus four weeks)
        Highsted Academy Trust pay band 8: £28,598 - £32,333 per annum, pro rata
        Attendance Officer (37 hours weekly; term time plus staff development days)
        Highsted Academy Trust pay band 5: £22,595 FTE
        Caretaker (25 hours weekly; term time plus occasional weekend/extended day working)
        Salary: £12,486 pro rata (£21,293 FTE) plus overtime payments

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

Highsted Remembers

To find out more about how we honour Remembrance, please follow this link.

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Important message for young people and parents/carers

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