Founded over 450 years ago, Highgate is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools.
Highgate offers three schools in one:
Our Pre-Preparatory School is for pupils aged 3-7 (Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2). We have around 150 pupils and are based on Bishopswood Road in Highgate, overlooking our sports grounds.
Our Junior School is for pupils aged 7-11 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6). We have around 400 pupils and are based on Bishopswood Road, in a new building that opened in May 2017.
Our Senior School is for pupils aged 11-18 (Years 7 to 13). We have over 1,220 pupils and most teaching takes place on our North Road site, in the heart of Highgate Village. Pupils also have lessons in art, design, engineering and technology in our Mills Centre, on Bishopswood Road.
In 2019, 38 sixth formers were awarded three A* or more for their A levels (or Pre-U equivalents).
Highgate is a place for learning and scholarship where we:
We do this by being rigorous, engaged and learned as teachers; by recognising the distorting effect of exams; by promoting independence, buzz, aspiration and collaboration; by encouraging pupils to seek enjoyment in challenge and fun in their learning.
Emphasis on sustainability. — Tatler 2019
A rare and magical combination of the high-flying and the humble. — The Good Schools Guide 2019
The school’s devotion to philanthropy is well known. — Tatler 2019
Supports over 50 state schools in seven London boroughs. — Tatler 2019
Highgate is a reflective community where we:
We do this by supporting learning in local schools and sponsoring the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham; by offering bursaries; by putting service to others at the core of school life; by challenging prejudice and valuing and understanding difference; and in respecting our ethos as a school with an inclusive and Christian tradition.
Highgate is an exemplar for the healthy life where we:
We do this by working proactively and in partnership with parents and carers; involving pupils in a wide choice-led range of co-curricular activities; by putting well-being at the heart of our decision-making; by encouraging our pupils to enjoy life and to seek happiness in what they do.
Our Head, Mr Adam Pettitt, leads our Senior School and is responsible for the overall direction of our Pre-Preparatory and Junior Schools. Highgate is governed as a single charitable foundation.
Former pupils remain part of our community by becoming Cholmeleians (OCs). Our Cholmeleian Society, with our Development Office, organises dinners, reunions, and careers events, and supports OC sports teams.