About our alumni

Former Highgate pupils are called Old Cholmeleian’s, or OCs for short

Important COVID-19 update – Click here

COVID-19 update

As a result of the coronavirus and in the interest of safety, Highgate School has postponed the below events and will be updating this page as soon as possible with amendments.

  • 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,

The Development Office

Alumni and Development Team

Stuart Evans, Head of Alumni Relations

Emily Clark, Development Director

“I love re-connecting with alumni, and seeing alumni re-connect with each other, at one of our events. We are fortunate in being able to work with, and draw upon support from, our large, knowledgeable OC community. It is always a pleasure to be in touch, so please do make sure your details are up to date, and feel free to drop me an email.”



Get involved

Volunteer your time
OCs can help pupils at Highgate and our partner schools make choices about their futures by speaking at careers events or by offering work experience opportunities.

Share your story
We enjoy the opportunity to learn what OCs do and why they do it. We want to hear from OC’s in all professions and walks of life.

Make a donation
A one-off donation will make an immediate impact, and a regular gift, whether monthly or annual, can help the school plan for the future. In 2020-21, 800 donors collectively gave over £4m to Highgate and LAE Tottenham, together, we can make a real difference.

Find out more

Highgate bursary

Old Cholmeleians

There is a global network of over 7,000 Highgate School alumni. The Old Cholmeleians is an organisation whose principal objective is to encourage all generations of OC’s to keep in touch with one another and the School. They offer:

  • A programme of social events
  • Sporting activities
  • Careers mentoring and advice
  • Professional networking

Richard Brewster is our current OC President, if you have questions or would like more information, please get in touch.

To keep up to date with OC activities, click here to update your details

The Old Cholmeleians have a new website which will be linked here soon!


OC News


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.


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.


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!


Nominate an OC