Building Projects

We have an exciting programme of building projects planned over the next decade

Estates Masterplan

Highgate’s estates strategy is carefully developed to ensure both academic requirements and building needs are aligned.

We have worked closely with the London Borough of Haringey to develop a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the School site which was adopted by the council in March 2021. The focus of our strategy is on creating modern buildings that can cope with the academic demand, replacing ageing facilities to meet environmental standards and improve accessibility. The programme is not one of pupil growth.

CapEx Line Drawing

Proposed Projects

Sixth Form Campus (Dyne House site) – There is a need to enhance our Sixth Form facilities to provide a communal area tailored to our eldest pupils’ needs, as an appropriate steppingstone to university and work as opposed to being a two-year extension of school life.

Senior School Music Provision (Dyne House site) – The number of pupils who either wish to study academic music and/or learn to play instruments and collaborate as part of ensembles or orchestras has increased substantially. This means that more practice rooms and a larger performance space are required as well as critical circulation space and lifts.

Science Block (Senior School) – located within the Island Site campus of the Senior School, the Science Block has been an integral part of the School since it was built in the first half of the 20th century. A substantial retrofit would ensure that the facilities are in line with 21st century teaching, including a lift for full accessibility.

Senior School Drama Provision – Drama is part of the curriculum from Y7 and continues to be a popular GCSE and A Level option. Since the current facilities were created in 1989, there has been a near 300% curricular timetable increase. We need dedicated, flexible, purpose-built facilities to meet the School’s ambitions both for drama teaching and for productions. This new performance centre is outlined in the planning application known as ‘Richards Music Centre’.

Internal and External Sports Facilities  – The Mallinson Sports Centre requires significant maintenance to modernise facilities and offer a greater choice of indoor sports. The plans for ‘Far Field’ will allow children to participate through the winter when use is often impossible due to waterlogging and frozen pitches.

Temporary Accommodation – High quality temporary accommodation will be provided on a portion of our existing synthetic pitch located on the Bishopswood Road campus, to accommodate lessons during the Science Block, Dyne House and performance centre projects. Large parts of the main site will remain in use during the building works.

Project Delivery
Building Plans


Highgate’s Estates Programme involves several improvements to meet modern environmental standards and enhance biodiversity to the immediate surroundings. Where feasible, proposals have been developed to retain existing buildings, providing sustainable low carbon replacements with a 100-year plus life. Where the school is replacing existing gas-powered heat generation, it is doing so with modern renewable technologies.

The plans for Far Field will increase access all year round, allowing children to participate through the winter, when use is often impossible due to waterlogging and frozen pitches. The synthetic turf pitch (STP) we are currently considering is zero-carbon, composed of 80% bio-based materials from sugarcane and 100% recyclable. We will continue to reassess options to ensure they reflect the most current sustainable technologies and adhere to environmental guidelines.

Our planned biodiversity enhancements with extensive wildflower meadows and life-rich hedgerows are specifically designed to increase Far Field’s ecological value, compared to the compacted, poorly habitable soil of the existing sports pitch.

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