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Highworth Grammar School for Girls
Quantock Drive, TN24 8UD, UK Ashford
+44 (0)1233 624910

Welcome to Highworth!

Central entrance

Introduction to the school:

Highworth Grammar School is a popular selective school of over 1100 students of whom over 280 are in the Sixth Form. There are six forms of entry and we provide a broad curriculum which enables girls to become independent and responsible members of the community. The emphasis is on achieving academic excellence whilst at the same time developing an awareness of others and fostering moral and spiritual values. We aim to create an enjoyment of learning and the confidence to explore a wide range of opportunities without regard to traditional stereotyping.

The school was established in 1904 and moved to its present site in 1928. Since that time there has been a considerable amount of rebuilding and expansion and we now enjoy excellent facilities. All curriculum areas are based in specialist accommodation and we are well equipped with study and sports facilities and Information Technology provision.

We are currently part of the Ashford Excellence Cluster and receive additional funding to support several initiatives, including work with Gifted and Talented pupils. We also have Music Specialist status for the school.

There is an agreement with the staff that this is a non smoking school.



By parental request, on this, and it's associated pages, we aim to provide you with information regarding the IT facilities available here at Highworth. For information regarding the teaching of ICT, please visit the ICT Department homepage.


Network Manager: Mr. M. Blake
Comes from a background of working in the public sector. Specialises in Microsoft network systems & problem resolution. Project manages IT developments.

IT Technician : Mrs. C. Banham
Provides a friendly & efficient service to the school community. Ensures technical issues are quickly solved to allow the smooth use of IT resources.

IT Technician : Miss. K. Gonzalez


The school has 5 full IT rooms across the school, a dedicated IT room for Music, and a laptop suite for Business Studies (coming Sept '07), as well a number of smaller suites/drop-in areas around the school. The majority of classrooms are fitted with a data projector (around 80% of which are wireless), and all staff are equipped with tablet PCs. This combination provides a very flexible tool for teaching & learning. information, and video, is disseminated around the school to the data projectors via a network-side streaming system.

The school has approximate 400 PCs - the majority of which are from Dell or RM. Our latest purchase of classroom PCs have the following specification: Intel Core2 Duo 2.66 GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB SATA HDD, 1GB Ethernet. Toshiba laptops are being introduced in areas around the school for student use.

All school computers are running the Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2 operating system, with Microsoft Office XP or 2003 available. Additionally the computers have a large amount of departmental and cross-curricular software available.

All computers have Internet access, which is provided via a fast 10MB broadband connection, this in turn connects to the national JANET educational network. All students have access to school email accounts. To facilitate wider-learning - students have access to their work files, school email, learning resources, and school Virtual Learning Environment (provided by the open-source software Moodle), from any Internet-enabled computer.

The school takes its duty of care to the online safety and protection of students very seriously. WebSense Internet filtering is in place which ensures the websites accessible by students are of an appropriate nature, and blocks inappropriate content. Additionally, Securus logging software is installed on all computers - ensuring any grooming, bullying, or other issues, are brought to the school's attention as soon as possible.


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