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Since our foundation as a charity by Sir Roger Cholmeley in 1565, we have always given means-tested financial support to a number of pupils whom we know will thrive at Highgate but whose families cannot afford the full fees.

There are currently around 80 pupils at Highgate who receive bursaries, or 7% of Senior School pupils. In 2014-15, 70% of our awards are for upwards of 80% of the school fees, and over half are for the full fees. Thanks to generous donations from a former pupil and others, around 22 pupils currently receive support with the costs of instrumental music lessons in addition to their bursary awards.

Bursaries are usually, but not only, awarded to children joining in Years 7 and 12.

Bursaries are funded predominantly out of the income the school receives from sources other than fees. The Friends of Highgate School also support some awards. We are very grateful to the generosity of all donors whose gifts increase the number and value of available bursaries.

We are committed to increasing the number of bursary awards available to children for whom Highgate is the right school. We offer bursaries because we believe that the academic, sporting and creative opportunities offered at Highgate can have a transformative impact on a child’s life, and we know that the pupils who receive bursaries thrive within the Highgate family. The benefits are important to the whole School: diversity within the classroom has a positive impact on all pupils’ learning and development.

Donors support Highgate’s bursary fund in various ways:

•    A gift of £640 or £53.33 a month (£800 including Gift Aid) would provide a year of instrumental music lessons for a bursary holder
•    A gift of £5,000 (£6,250 including Gift Aid), with two other supporters matching your gift, would provide one 100% bursary for one year
•    A gift of £14,600 (£18,250 including Gift Aid) would provide one 100% bursary for one year
•    A gift of £29,200 (£36,500 including Gift Aid) would provide one 100% Sixth Form bursary (supporting a pupil in both Years 12 and 13)
•    A gift of £110,000 (£137,500 including Gift Aid) would provide one 100% bursary for seven years, for a child entering in Year 7 and leaving at the end of Year 13

Please get in touch with the Development Director, Salima Virji, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 8347 2136 for a confidential discussion about giving.

Click here to read more about the charitable vision behind our Bursary Fund.