Senior Gardener

Highgate, London (Greater)
Circa £23,500 per annum
13 Sep 2017
08 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type


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.


The Senior Gardener position is a new role and will sit between the existing roles of Head Gardener and Assistant Gardener. The team is responsible for maintaining 50 acres of high profile garden areas, which are seen by the general public as well as parents and visitors to Highgate. The diversity of green spaces under the management and control of the School is wide; in addition to the planted borders and lawns of the main campus, the Gardening Team is also responsible for maintaining the domestic gardens of our residential portfolio occupied by School staff and private tenants. In addition, the School also has an area of woodland that (in conjunction with the School’s external tree surgeon) we need to keep in good order.

The post-holder will also be responsible, together with the Head Gardener, for providing important input into the landscaping design for new construction projects across the School to ensure areas of new landscaping are maintainable and that they provide continuity with existing areas.

The role has come about from the need to bolster the capabilities of the existing team with an individual with sufficient previous horticultural experience and knowledge to make an immediate impact upon the team’s output. The post-holder must possess sufficient skills, experience and maturity to be able to work safely and independently when required.


Applications should be made via Highgate’s website:

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Closing date:  8th October 2017. Applications will be considered on receipt.

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