Thank you for your interest in The Highfield School.  I would like to take the opportunity to provide you with a little more information that you may find useful.

The ethos of our school is characterised by a friendly, caring atmosphere of mutual respect.  We are genuinely committed to ensuring that each student fulfils his or her potential - academically as well as personally and socially.  We place great emphasis on active and independent learning.  Standards and expectations are high and our students are happy and well motivated.  Students’ attitudes towards school are very good.  In addition, we extend and enrich our curriculum with a wide range of out of class activities and an exciting enrichment programme.

We are a Co-operative school and work in close collaboration with the other secondary school in Letchworth to provide a broader sixth form curriculum as well as opportunities for lower years to work more collaboratively.

We are delighted in the increased popularity and success of The Highfield School.  At GCSE our Value Added and now Progress 8 are significantly above the national average even though our cohorts are below national average in terms of their ability profile.  Our A-Level results continue to be strong with all subject areas delivering national average or better value added.  In fact, in 2012 (the last year for which national figures are available) we sent a greater proportion of students to University and more specifically to Russell Group universities than any other school in North Hertfordshire.

Highfield is an openly managed school where staff development is an essential feature.  Opportunities are provided for contributing to whole school development planning and performance management helps identify individual targets for professional growth.  The Highfield staff are an excellent team who work well together to provide excellent opportunities for students to develop to the full.  Our focus is on effective learning and teaching and staff work collaboratively to share good practice. Recent significant improvements at KS3, GCSE and A level indicate the impact of our work.  We have a commitment to sharing good practice in developing leaders, monitoring support, personalised learning and practitioner research

The Highfield School having been completely rebuilt, enjoys an attractive location in a pleasant residential area of Letchworth, the world’s first Garden City.  The town of Letchworth is conveniently situated for access to the A1(M) and has fast train services to London and Cambridge.  The school has recently undergone a complete rebuild and provides accommodation for around 1100 students, including approximately 180 in the Sixth Form.  The number of students eligible for free school meals and the proportion of students with SEN are just below the national average.  22% of our roll are from an ethnic minority background.

We are part of the newly formed North Herts Teaching Alliance with the benefits that working across a group of schools brings for our CPD programme.

If you would like further details concerning the school, please do not hesitate to contact us.  The full Ofsted report from the inspection in May 2017 can be found on our web site along with an outline of our development plan.  

Caitlin Macrae
September 2019

The Highfield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Teaching Vacancies

There are currently no teaching vacancies

Teaching Application Form

The Highfield School is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

Support Staff Vacancies

30 hours per week term time + 5 Inset days 
Salary H6 point 1 [Actual Salary £19,126 - £21,116 per annum] Depending on experience
Required asap

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join our team to cover short-term teacher absence. You should enjoy working with young people, be well organised, with strong communication and inter-personal skills. An interest and experience in Humanities subjects would be an advantage but is not essential.  

The successful applicant will deliver effective, engaging lessons to students based on lesson plans and materials provided by absent classroom teachers.

The Highfield School is an oversubscribed community school that is ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ leadership and management. Very good teaching and effective learning is a strength in the school and there is a genuine and shared commitment to ongoing professional development.   

Please send a letter of application, along with your completed application form to Caitlin Macrae, Headteacher at the address above or email 

For further details please visit our website E-mail: or contact
Tracy King, School Business Manager, Tel: 01462 620500 

Closing date: Wednesday 8th January by 12 noon.
Interviews to be held as soon as possible thereafter

Cover Supervisor Job Description
Cover Supervisor Person Specification

Support Staff Application Form 

The Highfield School is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

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