Gardener, Highgate, North London

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Highgate SchoolHighgate, North London
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Circa £23,500 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

The role: The Gardens team at Highgate School is responsible for maintaining 50 acres of high profile garden areas. The diversity of green spaces owned by the School is wide; in addition to the planted borders and lawns of the main campus, the Garden Team is also responsible for maintaining the domestic gardens of our residential portfolio occupied by School staff and private tenants. In addition, the School has an area of woodland that (in conjunction with the School’s external tree surgeon) we need to keep in good order.

Using your knowledge and passion for gardening, you will have an opportunity to work in all these different areas, learning many new skills and developing your horticulture experience. You will also be able to provide input, with the Head Gardener, into the landscaping design for new construction projects across the School.

The School offers many benefits including a generous holiday entitlement of 31 days (including bank holidays). The School provides a defined benefit pension. All employees are also entitled to a free lunch every day served in the Canteen. Finally, staff are offered free access to the School’s sports facilities including swimming pool and fitness suite.

To apply: For further information and an application form, please visit our website:

Closing date is midnight on 28 January 2018 but applications will be considered on receipt


Highgate School was established in 1565 by a Royal Charter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the First. Sir Roger Cholmeley, our Founder, was granted Letters Patent to found ‘a grammar school…for good education and instruction’. Today Highgate is a flourishing coeducational independent school which includes the Senior School for pupils aged 11-18; the Junior School for pupils aged 7-11 and the Pre-Preparatory School for pupils aged 3-7. There are currently in the region of 1,700 pupils at Highgate and the School employs approximately 550 full-time or part-time teaching and support staff.

The School is situated in one of the most attractive and sought after areas of North London, only a short journey from Central London and adjacent to Hampstead Heath. The hilltop site in Highgate Village is the historic site of the Senior School. A few hundred yards along Hampstead Lane in Bishopswood Road lie the Junior and Pre-Preparatory Schools and the extensive playing fields, adjacent to the open spaces of Kenwood and Hampstead Heath. The Northern Line underground station is a short walk away and it is four miles to Central London.

Working at Highgate offers the opportunity to be part of a vibrant and welcoming community, committed to academic excellence and the highest standards of pastoral care for its pupils. The Governors consider the development of excellence in the education offered to the pupils to be the underlying purpose of activities undertaken by all staff.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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