Highsted Grammar School

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Highsted Grammar School
Highsted Road

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ME10 4PT

Coordinates51°19′59″N 0°44′12″E / 51.3331°N 0.7368°E / 51.3331; 0.7368Coordinates: 51°19′59″N 0°44′12″E / 51.3331°N 0.7368°E / 51.3331; 0.7368
TypeAcademy (English school) Grammar school (United Kingdom)
MottoEsse quam videri
Local authorityKent
Department for Education URN136305 Tables
Head teacherAnne Kelly
Age11 to 18
Number of students864
HousesChanel, Eliot, Franklin, Keller, Roddick, Seacole

Highsted Grammar School is a state-funded selective secondary school (grammar school) for girls in Sittingbourne, Kent.


The school was established in 1904 in Brenchley House on Sittingbourne High Street as Sittingbourne High School for Girls.[1] It moved to its current site in Highsted Road in the late 1950s, at which time it was known as Sittingbourne Girls’ Grammar School (SGGS).

In common with many secondary schools in England, Highsted has a house system. When formed in 1904 the houses were: Briton, Cymru, Scots and Spartan. The houses now are: Chanel, Eliot, Franklin, Keller, Roddick, Seacole.

The modern school[edit]

The school, now known as Highsted Grammar School, converted to Academy status in 2011. It now takes both boys and girls into its Sixth Form. In September 2013, Anne Kelly took over the post of headteacher after the retirement of former headteacher Jennifer Payne.

A Facebook page was set up in 2014 with the aim of creating a Highsted Old Girls Association.[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Rachel Talalay, film and television director and producer.

Jane Shilling, journalist and author.

Hannah Tapsell

Kate Fisher

Jennie Fisher


  1. ^ "Highsted Grammar School: Centenary 1904–2004" (PDF). Highsted Grammar School. 2004. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  2. ^ Highsted Old Girls' Association School website. Retrieved 21 September 2015.