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

Required from February 2020 – May 2020
£25.00 per hour

We are looking to appoint an English tutor to provide support for Year 11 students.  You are required to work with a number of students in small groups of no more than 3, up to 6 hours per week spread across the week during the school day.  The successful candidate will have QTS and ideally experience of teaching GCSE English. 

You will be required to plan and deliver GCSE tutoring based on identified weak areas. The successful candidate will have a genuine belief in young people and their ability to succeed.

The Highfield School is an oversubscribed ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding’ leadership and management. You will be joining a professional, supportive team that is committed to our Cooperative Values and the wellbeing and CPD of staff. Our students are at the heart of everything we do and we encourage each of them to aim to achieve their full potential.

For more information visit 
or e-mail:
Tel:  01462 620500

Closing date:  Wednesday 29th January, 12 noon
Interviews to be held on:  As soon as possible thereafter

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

Admin Assistant – Learning Development
Permanent Part Time
Term Time Only + 5 Inset Days
35 Hours per Week
Monday - Friday 8am - 3.30pm
H3 Actual Salary £15,139 - £15,442 per annum
Depending on experience
Required ASAP

The Highfield School are looking to appoint an Admin Assistant to join our successful Learning Development department. 

The Admin Assistant will be required to support the SENCo, Deputy SENCo and Learning Development team. The role will involve the liaison with outside agencies and the local authority, teaching staff, parents and students. Much of this work will be of a confidential nature and will involve completing funding applications, proof reading reports and circulating information in a timely manner.

The successful candidate should be caring and empathetic and have the ability to build relationships with both students and their families. They must have excellent literacy and numeracy skills, attention to detail and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Previous experience of working within a school or with young people would be advantageous. 

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

Closing date:  Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 12 noon
Interviews to be held on Friday 31st January 2020

Admin Assistant - Learning Development Job Description
Admin Assistant - Learning Development Person Specification


Ad hoc, term time only
£9.00 per hour
Required from April 2020

We are looking for individuals to assist in the supervision of students taking exams including supporting those with special arrangements.  You must be available during busy exam periods, December, February, May and June.  Hours are flexible on a casual basis by agreement.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team at this popular 11-18 secondary school. Candidates need to enjoy working with young people, be well organised and have good communication and inter-personal skills.  Previous experience would be an advantage but not essential as training will be provided. 

If you require any further information please email

Closing date:  Wednesday 12th February 2020, 12 noon 
Interviews:  Thursday 13th February 2020

Exam Invigilator Job Description

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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