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About our alumni

All former Highgate pupils – otherwise known as OCs – automatically become members of The Cholmeleian Society, joining a group of over 6,000 alumni across the world.

 
Important Coronavirus and COVID-19 update – Click here

Coronavirus and COVID-19 update

Schools across the UK have closed their doors in response to coronavirus, and Highgate has taken learning online: educating pupils remotely through ‘Highgate at Home’. Children of key workers are in school. All other pupils are continuing their education at home.

The following OC events have been postponed.

  • Wednesday 22 April, 12.30pm: 1565 Society Lunch (Mills Centre).
  • Wednesday 22 April, 6pm: Class of 2010 ‘Ten years on reunion’
  • Wednesday 29 April, 6pm: Class of 2005 ‘Fifteen years on reunion’
  • Thursday 30 April, 4.30pm: OC, Pupils and Staff Golf (Highgate Golf Club)
  • Wednesday 13 May, 7pm: OC Creative Arts Event (The Roundhouse)
  • Wednesday 20 May: ‘Nineties reunion’, 6pm, (The Driver, Kings Cross, N1 9RY)
  • Wednesday 10 June, 6.15pm: ‘Balancing creativity with business’, with Michael Bolingbroke and David Buchler (Impact Hub, Kings Cross, N1 9AB)
  • Tuesday 16 June, 5pm: Honorary OCs event (Junior School Foyer)
  • Thursday 25 June, 12.30pm: Wartime Lunch
  • Sunday 28 June, 6pm: Festival Evensong with OC choristers (School Chapel)

The Development and Alumni team will be working remotely during the School closure, and we are planning creative ways of staying in touch with you all, such as virtual reunions – watch this space. If you have any suggestions for our communications or the topics we should cover, do let us know.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and to join Highgate Connect, where you can reconnect with other OCs on a social and professional basis.

The best way to contact the Development Office is by email: OC@highgateschool.org.uk

Kind regards, and stay safe,

Stuart Evans, Head of Alumni Relations
Salima Virji, Development Director
Emily Clarke, Campaign Director
Agnieszka Martinez-Szymaszek, Development Officer
Jasmine Brar, Development Assistant
Alistair Tapp, Alumni Officer

‘Welcome back! I love re-connecting with alumni, and seeing alumni re-connect with each other, at our many events. We are fortunate in being able to work with, and draw upon support from, our large, knowledgeable OC community.’

Stuart Evans, Head of Alumni Relations

Highgate Connect is our dedicated website for OCs to get in touch with each other, book tickets for events, share their latest news and find out what’s going on at Highgate – join the conversation now!

Highgate Connect

The Cholmeleian Society helps our OCs keep in touch with each other and Highgate, offering social events, networking and careers mentoring. We post our annual The Cholmeleian magazine and send event invitations by email and social media, so please ensure we have your up-to-date contact details.

The Cholmeleian Society

Visit us! We are always delighted to meet OCs and offer tours of our School. Please contact us at oc@highgateschool.org.uk in advance, so one of the Alumni and Development team can meet you.

OC News

1565

In 1565, the school day began at 7am with prayers, with lunch from 11am to 1pm, and ended at 5pm (6pm in the summer) with more prayers.

1916

Highgate has been home to two Poet Laureates – Nicholas Rowe and John Betjeman were both pupils. In fact, poet TS Eliot taught John Betjeman whilst working at Highgate in 1916.

1934

Our Dramatic Society was founded in 1934 and an annual Highgate play swiftly became the norm. We now have six major drama productions a year.

OC of the month

 

Each month we showcase an OC, to demonstrate the breadth of experiences amongst our alumni community, and to inspire our current pupils with the fascinating variety of career paths taken by more recent OCs. Don’t forget to nominate yourself, or a friend, to be OC of the month!

 

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