Coronavirus

Latest information and updates

Highgate School was closed on Friday 20 March following government advice and will remain so until further notice.

It’s really important that the connections between people are kept alive. Rather than a school that’s doing remote learning, we are Highgate@Home. The community that means so much to us, hasn’t left us. Through wonderful technology, we are still kept together.

—Adam Pettitt, Head

Key Workers

We are committed to maintaining our support for the vital work which key workers undertake. The School has a team of volunteers from our support and teaching staff to provide care for pupils whose parents are keyworkers. We will continue to provide this service so long as we have staff well enough to do so. We are in regular contact with the local authority and have offered to look after keyworker children from other schools. Highgate Primary, one of our partner schools,  will also be using our sports field twice a week during lockdown.

Pupils

Over the past month our School community has adapted quickly to Highgate@Home and the software behind it. Lessons are boosted with Zoom videos and interactive calls; the aim is to make sure all our pupils feel connected with their peers and teachers, and that they feel supported by familiar routines.

Pupils should refer to JUNO or HERO for their lessons throughout the Summer Term. We understand that this can be an unsettling time for pupils and if anyone requires wellbeing support, please contact counselling@highgateschool.org.uk.

‘Although online lessons will never make up for time in the classroom, my teachers are still setting exciting and interesting work’

 

—Liv, Year 10

Parents

During the Summer term, our Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior schools will continue to offer a service to our pupils and parents, albeit remotely. Parents wishing to know more about Highgate@Home offering should refer to to relevant section of the Parent Portal and our recent email communications. Here is some government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Parents of Y11 and Y13 pupils who would have been taking exams have been sent further information about the calculation of exam results and the exciting curriculum planned for the Summer term.

Support

Highgate staff, Alumni and parents have been involved in many activities to support keyworkers, NHS staff and members of the community who may be struggling. Examples include:

  • The DT department are working with LAET colleagues to make 1,000 safety visors per week. Read more here 
  • We have opened our sports field for local people to take their daily exercise. Read more here
  • The Science department has donated 280 pairs of safety goggles to the Whittington Hospital.
  • A group of parents are making meals for NHS workers.
  • A Highgate community coronavirus fund is raising money for LAET families and services in Tottenham. Click here to donate

‘We’re impressed by the philanthropy and the outward-facing attitude (lots of volunteering opportunities), and by the scholarly teaching and academic aspiration’

 

—Tatler 2019

Highgate is here

Highgate is both a school and a charity.  We are working to ensure that Highgate has the most positive impact possible on our community during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Email community@highgateschool.org.uk if you would like to

  • Volunteer your time, or a resource
  • Let us know about projects you are supporting, or about initiatives that need help

All funds will be split between Highgate’s charitable priorities and directed where the need is greatest, including relief for Highgate families in hardship, our sister school the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, and other activities such as our DTE department’s PPE production or donations to local food banks or to support key workers.

Make a donation

Social Media

Keep up-to-date with school life and opportunities to provide support by following us on Twitter,  Facebook  and  Instagram

You can also visit our Highgate@Home blog page, where pupils and staff will be sharing regular features on school life during ‘lockdown.’

Press

Any members of the press who would like to get in contact with the school should email communications@highgateschool.org.uk or telephone
020 8347 3542.

You can read our Head Adam Pettitt’s recent interview with the Ham & High newspaper here.

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