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 www.highfield.herts.school.uk along with an outline of our development plan.  

Lucy Miles
Headteacher
September 2020

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.

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Leadership Vacancies

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Teaching Vacancies

TEACHING HEAD OF YEAR 
MPS/UPS
TLR 2c [£7017 per annum]
Required from January 2022

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious teaching Head of Year (any subject will be considered) with the drive and expertise to work in a collaborative and effective pastoral team. Our appointed Head of Year will demonstrate an excellent ability to teach and the energy, passion and character to lead the staff and students in their year group to be successful both in and out of the classroom.

The Highfield School is an ambitious 11-18 comprehensive school, where all are encouraged to achieve their full potential. We have an excellent reputation both academically and pastorally and we firmly believe that all our students are entitled to a curriculum that is innovative, relevant and accessible for all. Whilst there is a great emphasis on English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages, this is balanced by a promotion of, and dedication to, the arts and creativity both in our taught and wider curricular offer.

The development of teaching and learning at The Highfield School, is driven by a desire to understand how students learn and led by evidence-based practice and access to quality high quality CPD. In addition, our innovative approach to the use of new technologies ensures that our students acquire the skills and confidence needed to be the leaders of the future, in a diverse and competitive world. 

This role offers excellent CPD, career development opportunities, wonderful learners and the opportunity to play a central role in an excellent school. If you feel that you have the qualities and commitment to play that role, then we welcome your application.

For further details please contact:  
Lisa Dear,  Assistant to School Business Manager
Tel: 01462 620500    E-mail: vacancy.support@highfield.herts.sch.uk
website www.highfield.herts.sch.uk
Closing date:  Friday 15th October 2021 12 noon
Interviews will take place as soon as possible thereafter


Head of Year Job Description
Head of Year Person Specification
Teaching Application Form


TEACHER OF GEOGRAPHY
Permanent Full Time
MPS/UPS
Required from January 2022

We are seeking an outstanding, motivated teacher of Geography to join our dynamic and successful Humanities department.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding practitioner who is able to teach high quality lessons and has a focus on high standards and student engagement.  Geography is a very popular subject option at both GCSE and A-Level.  You will teach across all key stages and you may be required to teach other subjects within the Humanities faculty.

You will be committed to supporting students in achieving their very best and willing to take part in educational visits 

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.
If you believe you can make a difference through high quality teaching and learning then we would like to hear from you. We welcome applications from UPS/MPS and NQTs.

For further details please contact:  Lisa Dear, Assistant to the School Business Manager via email: vacancy.support@highfield.herts.sch.uk
or visit our website www.highfield.herts.sch.uk  
Closing date:  Friday 15th October 12 noon
Interviews to be held as soon as possible thereafter

Class Teacher Job Description
Class Teacher Person Specification
Teaching Application Form


HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: GEOGRAPHY
MPS/UPS
TLR 2b Currently £4,943 per annum
Permanent Full Time
Required from January 2022

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated Head of Geography to work in our successful Humanities department. This is an exciting opportunity that would suit a Geography teacher looking for additional responsibility in a first leadership role.

The successful applicant will be a confident, outstanding practitioner who is passionate about the subject, able to teach across the key stages and contribute to the department. You will have a genuine belief in young people and their ability to succeed and work to achieve our shared school vision of excellence, aspiration and opportunity for all our young people.

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.

If you believe you can make a difference through high quality teaching and learning then we would like to hear from you. We welcome applications from UPS/MPS 

For further details please contact
Lisa Dear, Assistant to the School Business Manager via e-mail: vacancy.support@highfield.herts.sch.uk
or visit our website www.highfield.herts.sch.uk.    
Closing date:  Friday 15th October 2021 – 12 noon
Interview dates to be confirmed shortly thereafter

Head of Department Job Description
Head of Department Person Specification
Teaching Application Form

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.  All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Support Staff Vacancies

Office Manager
Permanent Contract
37 hours per week
Term Time + 2 weeks
H7 (£25,481 - £27,741 per annum)
Actual Salary (£22,676 - £24,687)
Required: end November 2021


We are seeking to appoint a professional and highly motivated individual to take up the role of Office Manager.  The successful candidate will lead and manage our school administration team to provide and maintain a high level and consistent service within a busy and thriving 11 – 18 secondary school.

You will have a proven track record as a PA, Office Manager or experienced school administrator, looking for career progression and have experience of successfully reviewing and developing systems and processes to continually improve our function in school.  You will have a keen eye for detail and the ability to prioritise and delegate workloads in order to meet deadlines.  

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.

As a school we welcome any visits to prospective candidates, please contact Lisa Dear, PA to the School Business Manager to book an appointment.
For more information visit www.highfield.herts.sch.uk 
or e-mail: vacancy.support@highfield.herts.sch.uk
Closing date: Monday 1st November 2021 @ 9am
Interviews to be held: Thursday 4th November 2021

Office Manager Job Description
Office Manager Person Specification
Support Staff Application Form


ACADEMIC LEARNING MENTOR
1 Year Fixed Term Contract
25 hours per week
Term Time only + 5 Inset Days
H5/6 (£21,153 - £25,481)
Actual Salary: £12,170 – £14,659

We are looking to appoint a positive, solution focused individual with the passion to provide support for students.   The successful candidate will have a genuine belief in young people and their ability to succeed.

The successful candidate may have QTS or may be considering a career in teaching and looking to gain invaluable experience in an exceptional setting.

Your role as Academic Mentor is to support young people and help them develop strategies to engage within education. You will be responsible for supporting pupils, working across key stage 3 & 4. You will provide intensive support to small groups of learners and individuals around organisation, motivation and study skills. You will formulate a deep understanding of the students you mentor and support them to achieve well.  You will be very well supported by outstanding teachers and a strong, leadership team.  Full induction and training will be provided.

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 www.highfield.herts.sch.uk 
or e-mail: vacancy.support@highfield.herts.sch.uk
Tel:  01462 620500
Closing date: 1st November 2021  
Interviews to be held on:  As soon as possible thereafter


Academic Learning Mentor Job Description
​​​​​​​Academic Learning Mentor Person Specification
Support Staff Application Form

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.  All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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