Junior School pastoral care

Highgate’s pro-active pastoral care underpins all of our activities: pupil wellbeing is at the heart of all our thinking and teaching.


Our Junior School has five classes across each of our year groups, with all our pupils belonging to a class and to one of our four houses.

Within our Junior School, our year groups are physically grouped together in our building and our curriculum is overseen by a Head of Year. Pastoral support comes from each form tutor in the first instance, supported by our Assistant Principal (Pupils’ Personal Development).


Our house system provides an additional pastoral layer, with Heads of House encouraging and monitoring each child’s individual personal development. Our house system aims to develop our children’s sense of belonging, recognising and celebrating their individual strengths while encouraging a contribution to the wider life of our school and a dedication to their own personal development.

We retain very close links with our Senior School, to which most pupils transfer at age 11, thus providing a secure continuity of education.

Pastoral care is one of the jewels in Highgate’s crown’ —Tatler 2018
'I was impressed by how the class teacher took a personal interest in the child’s settling in.' —Junior School parent, 2018


Education is a shared venture. At Highgate, we see our pupils, their parents/carers and our teachers co-existing in a virtuous triangle, where each side is fully involved with, and supportive of, the other.

We believe it is essential that parents/carers are provided with objective, constructive and regular feedback on the academic progress of their children. To this end, we provide parent-teacher consultation evenings twice a year, plus full academic reports at the end of each term. Our teachers are available outside of these times to discuss any issue parents/carers may have.