Sir Roger Cholmeley’s School at Highgate – to give us our full name – is three schools in one: the Pre-Preparatory School for pupils aged 3-7, the Junior School for pupils aged 7-11 and the Senior School for pupils aged 11-18. Founded by Sir Roger Cholmeley, Lord Chief Justice of England, in 1565, Highgate is governed as a single charitable foundation.
Highgate is an academically-selective, co-educational day school which values learning and scholarship, promotes service to others and puts a premium on the extra-curricular life of the school. A full statement of our aims and ethos may be viewed here.
The Pre-Prep is led by its Principal, Mrs Diane Hecht. Pupils in the Nursery and Reception classes and Years 1 and 2 attend this part of the school which is based in Bishopswood Road, overlooking the open spaces of our sports grounds. The Junior School, also in Bishopswood Road, is led by Mr Mark James and caters for pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. During the building of an entirely new junior school, which will be located on its original site in Bishopswood Road, the Junior School is housed in well-appointed temporary accommodation adjacent to the Dining Hall, also overlooking the playing fields. The new Junior School will open to pupils in January 2016, although works should be complete in December 2015, in our 450th anniversary year.
Most teaching in the Senior School takes place on the ‘hill-top’ site on North Road in the heart of Highgate Village, although pupils also have lessons in Art and in Engineering Technology in the Mills Centre in Bishopswood Road. The sports facilities are also on the Bishopswood Road site, a few minutes’ walk from the village. The Head, Mr Adam Pettitt, leads the Senior School and is also responsible for the overall direction of the Pre-Preparatory and Junior Schools.
All year groups have girls and boys, marking the successful transition to full co-education since 2004 when the first girls entered the Junior and Senior Schools.