Outdoor education helps you get beyond your comfort zone, enjoy the great outdoors, build resilience and understand the importance of teamwork. At Highgate, we run activities in our School grounds, on nearby Hampstead Heath and at our Snowdonia centre, as well as elsewhere in the UK and abroad. Highgate remains Haringey’s biggest Duke of Edinburgh centre.
‘Our aim is that pupils leave Year 6 with a positive view of their ability in all subjects. We take a creative and flexible approach with mathematics teaching, where deeper and richer understanding is nurtured. We also ensure that pupils understand how subjects are related and that mathematics connects to science, engineering and art, plus other creative disciplines. We encourage pupils to make links, work collaboratively, and become flexible and adaptable learners.’
—Mr James, Principal of Highgate Junior School
Highgate offers Interdisciplinary Design which is beyond the usual curriculum; it combines aspects of Design Technology and Art, preparing students for employment in the creative industries.
‘Studying Interdisciplinary Design and Fine Art in Highgate Sixth Form opened my eyes to creative career paths which I never thought possible. Getting an offer to study fashion at Central St Martins has been life changing for me.‘
—Harry, Year 13
Highgate Pre-Prep provides a strong foundation for literacy and numeracy learning beyond the early years.
‘During their time in our Pre-Prep, pupils acquire knowledge and understanding, whilst developing social and personal skills. Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures pupils become competent, confident learners who take pride in their achievements and are ready for the next stage of their educational journey.’
—Mr Zucker, Highgate Pre-Prep Deputy Principal
Highgate is a co-educational day school for pupils aged 4-18.
Highgate is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools. Founded over 450 years ago, we welcome pupils, aged 4 to 18, from a range of backgrounds across London.
Highgate offers high-calibre, academically-minded teaching with a focus on scholarship and independence for all, rather than on exam outcomes. Our varied co-curricular activities, and our wide-reaching programme of community service, help our pupils develop interests and hobbies, forge lasting friendships, belong to teams, ensembles and casts, and learn the value of community.
We believe in making the most of childhood and adolescence; we want our young people to leave us intellectually and emotionally prepared for higher study and for work, and for playing a transformative role in their communities. And we want them to make great friends, too.
—Adam Pettitt, Head
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In September 2022 we are expanding our bursary programme to the Junior School, so that children aged 7 will be able to benefit from a Highgate education.
It is our intention that bursaries will cover 50%-100% of the fees, making a Highgate education more accessible to a wider group of academically able children.
A gift of £11,000, made over one or several years, from one family or in partnership with others, could create a new, 50% assisted place for a child throughout their time at Highgate, from Year 3 to Year 13
To apply for one of the 7+ Bursaries click here
To find our more about donating to our Bursaries click here
Every child should have opportunity to achieve their full potential. Charles, bursary recipient, class of 2019
Year 13 exams graded A*-A in 2020
GCSE entries graded A* in 2020
A stunning, spacious, sculpture-filled Junior School
18 different languages spoken by pupils at home
‘I work with staff, pupils and parents to develop strategies to support their wellbeing alongside their personal, academic and professional development. Working with such thoughtful and compassionate pupils is inspiring.’
Director of Wellbeing
‘Highgate Junior School is a happy place to work. I’m often the first point of contact for our pupils and their parents, who are always friendly and respectful.’
Highgate Junior School Receptionist
‘Everyone is welcomed here, and I almost immediately felt that I had been at Highgate for months. The facilities here, the art rooms, the sports grounds, the science labs, are amazing.’
‘I had an amazing time on our Sport and Exercise Department’s netball tour of Barbados. I made some great new friends and I got to enjoy playing netball!’
‘The range of co-curricular activities offered at Highgate is phenomenal! There is always an opportunity to experience something new and interesting; I have tried everything from fencing to sewing. Then I discovered the Robotics Club and have been part of it ever since.’
‘Every other year, my Department takes GCSE pupils to Iceland. It’s an incredible trip and chance to get up close with some of the environments and landforms studied in class.‘
‘I am one of the editors of our pupil-led creative writing magazine, The Windhover. With help from our writer-in-residence, we publish a magazine each term, with contributions from pupils.’