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We are a small, friendly school with a happy and welcoming environment. We believe that all children have the right to the best education possible. Every member of staff is committed to providing high quality education which meets the needs of all our pupils and helps them to achieve their full potential.     


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Welcome From The Headteacher

Thank you for taking the time to browse our website. I hope that you find it informative and that it answers any questions you may have. My name is Brian Doherty and I feel truly privileged to lead such a wonderful school and to have the opportunity of ensuring that each child at Highters Heath Community School receives the best possible education in their formative years.

Our staff are dedicated, hardworking and experienced. We provide a safe, calm and caring atmosphere in school and foster a hardworking ethos based on an enjoyment of learning within a stable environment. We expect a great deal from our children and they do not disappoint us. We are pleased to offer a varied selection of enrichment and enhancement opportunities and possess excellent links with our diverse community – we are very proud of our reputation as a warm, welcoming, family school.

The Staff and Governors continually seek the views of parents, carers and visitors to our school. We recognise that parents play a huge role in the education of their children and as such, we welcome your support and co-operation in making your child’s time at Highters Heath enjoyable.

We encourage an “I can!” attitude in our children, and have an aspiration for all our children that through their school journey they will fulfil their academic potential and become successful lifelong learners. In addition, we endeavour that our children will possess high levels of both social and emotional intelligence so that they are well placed to succeed and thrive in the future, becoming active and productive members of our community.

Please call at any time to make an appointment to see either myself or my team – all members of staff will value discussing any aspect of your child’s education and general welfare.


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When a child leaves Highters Heath Community School, they will have developed a life-long love of learning which will drive their own education forward. The skills of independent learning that they will have acquired throughout their time here, along with their literacy and numeracy skills, will enable them to access and engage within the school system, leading to successful life choices. Our children, once adults, will be ambitious, confident, resilient and responsible members of our community. They will be able to contribute effectively by using the wide range of skills developed, encouraged and enhanced within our school.

In order to achieve this, our children receive excellent pastoral care which focuses on the child as a whole, nurturing them to feel a sense of responsibility, and to become global citizens who contribute positively to the world around them. Our challenging curriculum has been designed and developed to foster excitement and engagement in the acquisition of knowledge, and to meet the specific needs of our community.

Our pupils’ mental health and well-being is a high priority, and our full time learning mentor ensures that they are given the time, space and strategies they need in a safe environment. We are very much a family of individuals - made up of a wide variety of cultures, religions, economic backgrounds, abilities and gender identities - and we acknowledge, encourage and celebrate these differences. We support each other through the various challenges we meet, and strategies such as restorative justice and philosophy for children help pupils to develop the skills required to promote this ethos.

Overall School Priorities/Key Issues for Action & Training 2021/22

The priorities are linked with the data analysis of school performance from summer 2021. Class targets, co-ordinators’ targets and individual targets are linked by job descriptions to Performance Management targets.

Our Main Priorities for 2021-22:

A. To continue to raise the rates of progress in order to improve standards across the school.

B. To continue to develop the wider curriculum.

C. To ensure accuracy of assessment across the school.


Within these main priorities we can identify key focus areas.

A1 Increase the number of children (particularly disadvantaged, boys and more-able children), who achieve ARE+ in maths, reading and writing at the end of KS2.

A2 Improve the rates of progress for pupils with SEND, from their own individual starting points.

A3 Focused and effective teaching strategies in place to ensure accelerated progress.

A4 Ensure more-able pupils are challenged in mathematics to achieve greater depth standard.


B1 Continue to develop the wider curriculum, ensuring the school strands are embedded throughout.

B2 Continue to develop middle leaders so that they can effectively lead their own subject areas.

B3 Support teachers in the implementation of the new writing curriculum.

B4 Implement Jigsaw as a whole school approach to the teaching of PSHEE.


C1 Implement the EYFS Baseline assessment to ensure accurate assessment of pupils’ starting points.

C2 Use standardised test across the school to ensure accuracy of teacher assessment.

C3 Develop moderation programme with partner schools.

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Highters Heath Guarantee

At Highters Heath Community School, we believe that it is important for children to have a wide variety of experiences.​

We will therefore do our best to guarantee that, during their 7 years at Highters Heath, the children will have the following experiences:​

Each child will: 

  • Visit a place of worship for every major faith group
  • Visit a theatre to watch a play being performed
  • Perform to an audienceWork with the Royal Ballet
  • Be given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument
  • Work with professional musicians
  • Hear an orchestra play
  • Take part in a residential visit
  • Visit a museum and art gallery
  • Visit the seaside
  • To experience a range of geographical visits, from the local vicinity to further afield. 
  • To visit and study farms, rivers and mountains
  • Meet and question people from a variety of careers and backgrounds. 
  • Meet an author  

Our Curriculum

Highters Heath: Where We All Say I Can!

Our School Strands:

Our curriculum is linked by 5 key strands (see strand definitions) that are woven into our lessons. These are:

  • Academic Learning
  • Awareness and Understanding of Ourselves and Others
  • Our Place in the World, and The Impact We Have On It
  • Expression and Communication
  • Characteristics of an Effective Learner


At Highters Heath we follow the 2014 National Curriculum. As well as making best use of the National Curriculum, we have also added features that are vital to our pupils.

We are in the highest quintile for deprivation, and a high number of pupils are classified as being Pupil Premium. It is therefore of vital importance that we enable the children to have a variety of different experiences, that they may not otherwise get. These include: trips, visitors, meeting people with a variety of careers, completing jobs to contribute to our school community, understanding different faiths, the incorporation of British Values etc. This helps our pupils to have a variety of experiences/opportunities, which equip them to be educated citizens in later life.

In our community, many pupils enter the school system with lower than average communication and language abilities, and limited life experiences. It is therefore our responsibility to incorporate opportunities to increase our pupil’s vocabulary acquisition, and to enable them to develop opportunities to express themselves in different contexts.


The Teaching Approaches At Highters Heath:

When teaching the curriculum, we use a variety of different approaches/resources, adapting to our individual pupils needs within that class and ensuring that our lessons remain inspiring and engaging. Some teaching approaches that we regularly use are:



General (throughout all)

CPA (Concrete, pictorial, Abstract)

Talk for Writing

Philosophy For Children

White Rose

Reciprocal Reading


Teaching for mastery

Alan Peat

Restorative Justice

Read, Write, Ink

Building Learning Power


We strongly believe that our pupils learn best through experiencing their learning. To this end, the provision of trips and visitors in clearly mapped out to reinforce and support the classroom teaching (see the HH Guarantee).

We use some schemes of work in some subjects however, these are not followed to the letter and are adapted according to the needs of the pupils in that class:






Rising Stars

PE Hub

Birmingham Agreed Syllabus


Music Express

Curriculum Progression:

It is of vital importance that our curriculum allows our pupils to grow and develop their skills for every subject. In order to ensure that this happens effectively, each subject (including the individual units and skills) is mapped out and sequenced by the subject co-ordinator. This ensures that our pupils leave our school having gained essential skills in later life, in all key subjects, and that they can apply them in different contexts. The transitional support that our pupils receive, when changing from one stage of school life to another, ensures that our pupils can move on with confidence and self-assurance, taking their key skills, knowledge and understanding with them.

Our children will leave Highters Heath confident children, able to achieve and to develop key relationships effectively. They will have positive mental attitudes, allowing them to learn from mistakes, and to use them to work towards success. Our children have the right to achieve their potential, and we have the responsibility to enable them to.

Curriculum Strands

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Highters Heath

We have identified these 5 specific strands that are of key importance to the development of the pupils here. They run throughout the curriculum.

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Awareness and
Understanding of
Ourselves and Others

Nurturing all children and developing empathy: mental health, physical health, emotional and social development.

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Characteristics of
an Effective Learner

Active learning, independent learning, a passion to understand, metacognition.

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Expression and

Being a creative and articulate individual. Art, Drama, Design, Speaking, Writing, Music.

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Our Place In The
World And The Impact
We Have On It

Being a responsible citizen. The importance of our own actions. Understanding where we live and how Bristish culture evolved.

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The academic success of all children: Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and Computing.

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is central to the well-being and development of the individual child. We recognise that a high quality of pastoral care forms the foundations for happy and confident children. For that reason, we aim to provide our pupils with the social and emotional support they need to enable them to reach their maximum potential.

Mrs F. Lindsay – Pastoral team leader/Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

​ Mr D.Purcell – Learning Mentor, Website Manager

​ Mrs H. Schauker - HLTA ​

Mrs H. Wright – Personal, Social, Health, Emotional and Economic Co-ordinator


Mentoring is an important part of our pastoral care. Our learning mentors work closely with children to overcome barriers to learning and develop social and emotional well-being. This may take the form of one-to-one sessions, small group work or targeted interventions. They also work closely with parents and carers, providing support when needed.

SPARKs (Social, Proactive, Assertive and Resilient Kids) is a 10-week programme for Year 2 pupils, aimed at raising children’s self-esteem and developing their social skills. Each week we focus on a particular skill such as: empathy; active listening; controlling behaviour and being assertive. The groups are of mixed ability, allowing children to learn from each other. The programme ends with a special celebration where children receive a certificate a SPARKs book to take home. ​

Friends for Life ​
Friends for Life is a programme which takes place with small groups of children, usually from Year 5. This programme aims to assist children in developing life skills. Small group work encourages peer learning and builds peer support networks. It promotes self-confidence in dealing with difficult or anxiety-provoking situations, builds emotional resilience and the ability to problem solve. ​

We understand the importance of preparing our Year 6 pupils for the end of Key Stage assessments (SATs) as we recognise that this can be an anxious time for many children. During the Spring term pupils can attend a homework club where they are supported in completing SATs-style questions. In addition to this they complete a ‘Building Resilience’ programme with the school’s Senior Learning Mentor. ​

To ensure a smooth transition, we liaise with the secondary schools which our pupils go on to attend. For some pupils, this involves activities such as additional visits and participation in a ‘Moving On’ programme.

Pupils are supported in the move to their new year groups in a variety of different ways. Particular focus is given to pupils moving to a new key stage.

Restorative Justice

At Highters Heath we use Restorative Justice to resolve issues where negative behaviour choices have caused harm or upset to another member of our school community. Through this practice we are able to foster an awareness of how others have been affected by inappropriate behaviour. This is done by actively engaging participants in a process which separates the deed from the doer and rejects the act not the actor, allowing participators to make amends for the harm caused.

Restorative Practices improve behaviour, attitudes and relationships, make pupils accountable for their actions and allow all participants in an incident to have a voice. ​

Restorative Justice is also about creating a sense of community and to that end all classes have a daily ‘check-in’. This is where pupils and staff are given the opportunity to voice excitement or concerns they may have, and the class community is able to respond appropriately. This may be as simple as a child not feeling well; to which their peers can offer nurture throughout the day. ​

School ‘norms’
​ Norms set the expectations for normal behaviour that pupils are expected to display in different areas of the school. These include:

Corridor norms
Dining hall norms
Classroom norms
These are decided upon with the pupils and are reviewed at the beginning of each year. ​
Courtesy and respect (CARROT) tokens ​

When pupils are courteous or respectful they may be given a CARROT token. These are given to develop these qualities in our pupils and encourage them to be polite and aware of how others are feeling. Classes collect these tokens and when they have earned 50, they receive a class reward of their choosing. ​

Behaviour management
For more information about how behaviour is managed at Highters Heath, please see our behaviour policy which can be found in the ‘Other Documents’ section of this website.
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Results At Highters Heath


Early Years Foundation Stage (end of the Reception year)
Our “Good Level of Development” in 2019 was 69.2%. The national average in 2019 was 72%.

Y1 Phonics Tests
73% of year 1 pupils passed the phonics screening test. The national average in 2019 was 82%.

KS1 SATs results 2019 ​

Key Stage 1


Nat 2019

% at least expected reading



% greater depth reading



% at least expected writing



% greater depth writing



% at least expected mathematics



% greater depth mathematics



At least expected in reading, writing and maths


Greater depth in reading, writing and maths


% year 1 Phonics



% year 2 Phonics


EYFS % at least expected level across all ELG



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KS2 SATs results 2019

2019 Results with Comparison to National Averages

Key Stage 2


Nat 2019

% at least expected reading



% greater depth reading



Scaled score reading



% at least expected writing



% greater depth writing



% at least expected mathematics



% greater depth mathematics



Scaled score mathematics



% at least expected GPS



% high GPS



Scaled score GPS



At least expected in reading, writing and maths



Greater depth in reading, writing and maths



Progress reading


Progress writing


Progress mathematics


Pupils achieving expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths – 67% (National average 65%) ​

Pupils achieving the higher standard in Reading, Writing and Maths - 10% (National average 10.5%)

​ Progress from KS1 to KS2: Reading -0.3, Writing -0.57, Maths -0.77

Average scaled scores: Reading - 105 (National average – 104) Maths – 105 (National average - 105)

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Highters Heath Community School is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children in our care.

In order to protect our children, we aim to:

  • Create an atmosphere where all children can feel secure, valued and listened to.
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Respond quickly, appropriately and effectively to cases of suspected abuse.

All staff and volunteers receive Child protection and Safeguarding training annually. No staff or volunteers are allowed in school without valid DBS checks.

We talk to the children regularly about e-safety. We would like to remind parents that children must be 13 to have a Facebook account. If your child is communicating with others on the internet via Facetime or through their games consoles, please monitor who they are communicating with and what they are saying. This is not an invasion of your child’s privacy, it is about keeping your child safe! If you would like some advice on e-safety, please talk to Miss Hardwick.

If you have any concerns, however small, please speak to Mr Doherty (Headteacher), Mrs Mudge (Deputy Headteacher and Designated Lead Person for Safeguarding) or Mrs Richards (Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor).

Take a look at our Safeguarding policies by clicking on the folder below:

Safeguarding Documents

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Sports Funding

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E Safety

At Home

​ As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

    Online Safety

    ​ E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Highters Heath Community School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

    We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

    As part of our participation in the Speak Out Stay Safe programme, our colleagues from the NSPCC delivered an online workshop session for parents. Please follow the link below for further advice and guidance on how to keep our children safe online.


It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

Search engines

​ Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:

​ Research searching


​ Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Image searching




Here are a range of useful guides you can view and follow. Just click on the link on the one you wish to view.

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School has been very supportive of myself and the children. I’ve had someone on the other end of the phone if I’ve needed them, All the staff are doing an excellent job in these difficult times, putting our children first before anything else and myself and the children wish to say thank you to everyone and please stay safe and see you soon

Year 3 parent

School are always helpful when needed. The Communication with parents is excellent and have always been kept informed throughout.

Year 1 parent

The school’s been amazing and so supportive with regular updates via text, twitter and the website. The teacher’s letters have always been spot on with enough to keep the children up to date with learning but not too much that as a parent I feel overwhelmed. Thank you Highters Heath.

Year 6 parent

Highters Heath is a brilliant school and I feel all of my children are progressing well with the support that they need. Thank you.

Year 3, 4 & 6 parent

My son has become the very best version of himself at this school. Thank you for all you do.

Year 5 parent

I think this school is the best. Well done to all the staff at Highters Heath. I would recommend this school to anyone.

Year 2 & 5 parent

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

Head Teacher

Mr B. Doherty

Deputy Head Teacher/Lead DSL

Mrs E.  Mudge

Assistant Head Teacher/SENDCo

Mrs F. Lindsay

Reception teacher

Mrs S. Wright

Reception support

Mrs T. Johnson

Year 1 teacher

Mr J. Kelly

Year 1 support

Mrs W. Sidwell-Brittle

Year 2 teacher

Mrs B. Wilson

Year 2 support

Mrs H. Schauker

Year 3 teacher

Mrs C. Cooke

Year 3 teacher
Mr S. Ricketts

Year 3 support

Mrs M. McGarry/Mrs A. Pugh

Year 4 teacher

Miss N. Pearson

Year 4 support

Mrs C. Bramley

Year 5 teacher

Mrs E. Leighton

Year 5 teacher

Mrs H. Wright

Year 5 support

Mrs S. Trevis

Year 6 teacher

Miss L. Gould

Year 6 support

Mrs A. Hussein

Learning Mentor

Mr D. Purcell

Play leader

Mrs A. Pugh

Lunchtime Supervisors

Mrs D. Marsh

Mrs R. Dar

Mrs M. Bartlett

Mrs K. Allen

Mrs N. Guest

Miss S. Pugh

Mrs M. Mroz

Dinner servers 
Mrs D. Beckett


Mrs L. Lune

Office manager 
Mrs E. Ryan

Office manager 

Mrs R. Fry

Site manager
Mr C. Jones


Mrs L. Jones

Mrs L. Bailey

Mr S. Tame

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School Letters

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School News

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Thursday 9th June 2022 - Y5's trip to The Think Tank

Monday 20th June 2022 - Friday 24th June - National Sports Week (Commonwealth Games)

Monday 20th June 2022 - Friday 1st July 2022 - Y4 swimming sessions (every afternoon)

Wednesday 6th July 2022 - Y4's trip to Malvern

Friday 8th July 2022 - Y2's trip to Weston

Wednesday 13th July 2022 - Y3's trip to Sarehole Mill

Thursday 21st July 2022 - School finishes for the summer

More events will be updated to the list during the term.

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Term Dates

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Important Information

Under current government guidelines, the 3 main symptoms to be aware of for COVID-19 in children are:

- A high temperature (Above 37.8)

- A new, continuous cough.

- A loss/change of taste or smell.

​ It is vital that you have your own thermometer at home so you can measure your child's temperature accurately and correctly. You will need this information when speaking to Health Professionals. If your child or anyone in your child's household is showing any of these symptoms, you MUST complete a COVID-19 test (LFD test).

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they will now be required to isolate for at least 5 days. You will need to complete LFD tests with your child from Day 5. If they test negative for TWO consecutive days, they will be able to leave isolation and return to school. Please contact school for further information if required.

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Highters Heath Community School, Highters Heath Lane, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 4LY

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School Uniform

Highters Heath School Uniform 

The overall aim of this policy is to promote each child’s right to express their gender  and personality in whichever way feels right for them. To support this aim, our  uniform policy is gender neutral. This means that whilst we expect all of our children  to wear school uniform, the rules for boys and girls are the same, and we do not  insist that they wear specific items of clothing. 



Additional Details


Grey or black


Grey or black

School dress 

Red check



Polo shirt 

Red or white






Grey or black 

Worn under skirt or pinafore only.


Grey or black or white 

Plain fabric only, not patterned or sequined.

PE shorts 


PE top 


PE Pumps 



Grey, black or white



Black trainers are acceptable without colour  flashes or visible logos.


Plain accessories only 

Hair that is longer than shoulder length should be  tied back, no shaved patterns or added colours.


Small stud earrings only,  wristwatch

This is for health & safety reasons. Children must  be able to remove these themselves, and will be  asked to do so for PE lessons.

Items with school logo are available at Clive Marks in Kings Heath, but it is much cheaper to  buy plain items which are perfectly acceptable. 

Please ensure that ALL items of clothing and uniform are clearly labelled with your  child’s name, as these are easier to identify, and we cannot be responsible for items that go  missing. 

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PE Timetable

Please find below the P.E timetable for the 2021-22 academic year.

Please remember that when it is your child's day for P.E, your child will be expected to use their P.E kit. P.E kits must consist of a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps.  

If you have any questions, please contact us.

PE Timetable

Time AM 1 Am 2 PM 1 PM 2
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Meet The Governors

Highters Heath Community School Governor List



Register of Business Interest

Start /


Attendance for the previous

academic year

Mrs Susan


Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Link Governor for safeguarding


10/04/2019 - 



5 of 7 meetings

Mr Chris


Vice Chair of


Local Authority


Link Governor for Pupil premium

Print Continuum Ltd, Governor at Woodrush High School

10/04/2019 - 



4 of 7 meetings

Mrs Pamela Skermer

Co-opted Governor, Link Governor for Health and Safety

Chapel Consultancy 

10/04/2019 - 



6 of 7 meetings

Rev. Lydia


Co-opted Governor, Link Governor for Maths

Christ Church, Yardley Wood,

Yardley Great Trust, 

Governor at Yardley Wood Community

Primary School

10/04/2019 - 



6 of 7 meetings

Mrs Joanne


Parent Governor 





2 of 2 meetings

Mr Brian


Head Teacher 


10/07/2019 - 



7 of 7 meetings

Mr Shem


Parent Governor 





Mrs Emma


Staff Governor 





2 of 2 meetings

Mrs Claire




21/09/2016 -

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We currently have no vacancies. 

Please email office@hightersheath.co.uk for any information or questions. 

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