Beyond our Junior School classroom

We pride ourselves on the enthusiastic way that our pupils engage with our extensive programme of co-curricular activities.

Our strong co-curricular offering provides pupils with countless opportunities to have fun, make new friends, and learn beyond the classroom. Through our co-curricular programme, we aim to provide as many openings as possible in which our pupils:

  • develop qualities of self-reliance, endurance and leadership;
  • serve the community; and
  • develop their interests and enthusiasms.

We are exceptionally fortunate when it comes to sport at Highgate with extensive facilities, excellent staff and a wide range of sports available to all our pupils.


From the age of 4 to 18, Highgate pupils are taught by specialist sports coaches and teachers.


Highgate pupils go on over 149 day trips a year and we run more than 50 residential trips.


1,000 trees were planted by Junior School pupils in 2019 to support biodiversity

Across Highgate, we aim to inspire our pupils to study and to work creatively. This goes beyond the classroom, with exciting co-curricular opportunities in all of the creative arts – music, drama, and art.

At Highgate, time is set aside, each week, for every pupil to take part in at least one co-curricular venture. Our co-curricular offering continues to evolve and develop in response to the changing needs of our pupils and the world around us.


We want our pupils to become independent learners with a love of reading, and our Library – situated at the heart of our Junior School – plays a significant role in nurturing this. Authors who have visited recently include Julian Clary, David Walliams, David Baddiel, Cressida Cowell, Anne Fine, Michael Rosen, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Liz Pichon, Marcus Sedgwick and Karen McCombie.



Our Junior School pupils can attend a variety of clubs during lunchtime and after-school. Our most popular examples include: Running Club, Minecraft Club, gymnastics and Debating Society.

Alongside this, our Junior School Eco Council meets regularly to discuss activities and actions that support Highgate’s aim to be a sustainable school. Recent work includes:

  • growing more flowers to increase biodiversity across our School grounds
  • saving energy and reducing waste within our building
  • initiatives to encourage re-cycling, such as clearer labelling for our re-cycling bins
  • keeping our School grounds litter-free
  • rethinking use of plastic across our School, eg ending use of plastic water bottles and cling film wrapping on food
  • encouraging healthy food choices and the importance of physical activity amongst all pupils


Throughout our school year, our pupils and staff support a number of different charities, with charitable events including Children in Need, Jeans for Genes, and Sport Relief.

Alongside these events, we have regular bake sales, fancy dress days and book donations organised by our Junior School pupils themselves to raise money for our chosen charities.

All Highgate pupils also take part in the biennial sponsored walk, which raises in the region of £100,000 for Great Lakes High School in Uganda, which Highgate has supported since its foundation.

Highgate School junior pupils taking part in the Children's Book Project charity donation of pre-loved titles
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