Inclusion

We are actively seeking to embed a real sense of belonging at Highgate

Highgate School pupils

Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of an environment that:

  • Welcomes them, understands them, enables them to be themselves
  • Encourages questioning, self-knowledge, and self-expression
  • Helps them not just to manage, but to thrive: to discover and pursue their passions, and to develop as individuals and members of a community
Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community — ISI Inspection Report, Dec 2021
I’ve always felt lucky to be gay at Highgate; it has been a place where I can be myself — A member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team
The school really cares about inclusion and our enjoyment — Y8 pupil
Highgate School students

Working together

Our work on inclusion at Highgate is overseen by our Director of Inclusion and involves pupils, staff, OCs, parents and carers, at every stage of the School.

Pupil voice is at the centre of our work on inclusion: through pupil committees and societies such as Feminist Society and the African Caribbean Cultural Affinity Group, they generate initiatives to engage their peers and staff in assemblies, tutor-times as well as pupil-led conferences and workshops. Some of this work is also done in collaboration with pupils from partner schools such as the London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham.

We are privileged to be based in London because it is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Staff here are working hard in collaboration with external partners to ensure that our school is increasingly more representative of the world around us in terms of the pupils and staff who study and work here. We are also actively exploring opportunities in all aspects of teaching and learning, across all subjects and all ages, to ensure that each child sees themselves represented in our classrooms and curriculum. We are committed to ensuring that pupils have ample opportunity to learn about people who have different experiences and perspectives from themselves, in a positive way which promotes equity and allyship.

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Engagement with Parents and Carers

There is a regular schedule of talks and workshops for parents and carers across the whole school, often involving external speakers. Recent ones have covered what the PSHEE/RSE curriculum includes, how to talk with your children about images online, and a workshop from ItHappens for parents and carers in the Junior School. There are regular focus groups to get feedback and have discussions with our parents and carers on our inclusion work. This has so far included opportunities to contribute to the development of the Senior School Peer Relationships Surveys and to engage with us on the findings of that survey and separately the Flair impact survey on racial equity which was completed by staff across all three schools and pupils in the Senior School.

Junior School and Pre-Prep parents have also been invited to participate in focus groups on inclusion and are welcome to come along to events for Senior School parents and carers. The African Caribbean Education Network have also hosted a workshop for our parents and carers of children in all three parts of the school who have African or Caribbean heritage.

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