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 teacher in the first instance, supported by our Deputy Principal (Pastoral).

Highgate Junior School pastoral


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, providing a secure continuity of education.

Dedicated to all matters pastoral and a culture of open dialogue —Good Schools Guide 2019
Mr James is the best Head Teacher in the whole galaxy! —Year 5 Pupil 2019
My child is happy, confident and thriving here. —Junior School parent, 2019


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. We provide parent-teacher consultation evenings twice a year, full academic reports at the end of each term and staff are available outside these times should parents/carers want extra support.

Pastoral and Wellbeing Booklet