Former Highgate pupils are called Old Cholmeleians, or OCs for short
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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.
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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.
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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:
Martin Pyrke (GH 1967) 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
To see the Old Cholmeleians magazine, please click here.
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.
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!
I am currently taking a little time out from Orthopaedics to undertake a PhD in Medical Education. I have always been interested in making things better, in fixing things – its what drove me to medicine, then to surgery and finally to orthopaedics. I am now looking into how we train our surgeons, to see if I can’t make that a little better too! Before my PhD, I have worked all over the country, including hugely busy major trauma centres like the Royal London and some inspiring places like Great Ormond Street. I’ve also worked and taught all over the world, including a year in Australia and time in the USA, Canada and Africa!Download the full Interview
I currently work for FutureLearn as a Senior Product Manager. FutureLearn is an online learning platform that helps education institutions such as Universities put their Courses and Degrees online. Our aim is to transform access to education, by making it possible for more people from more places to access the learning they need.Download the full Interview
I started my career in strategy consulting – essentially helping companies face business challenges. It was a great role and I learnt a lot about how companies operate and how to support them improve performance. From there I went to work for retailers in management and commercial roles. I spent 8 years at Sainsburys, firstly in a strategy role and then running the pricing and promotions model – in essence setting and managing all the prices and promotions for the 60,000 items they sold per year. It was a great role, blending maths with economic and game theory.Download the full Interview
I’m currently Head of Fundraising for the World Sailing Trust, a new global charity focusing on access to sailing and marine sustainability. As it’s a new charity, I’m responsible for setting up the charity’s governance, policies and programming as well as its funding profile. I started my career in the civil service as a Fast Streamer, spending most of my time at the Department for Education in a number of roles. I then moved to Social Finance, where I developed and ran innovative social programmes tackling issues such as domestic abuse, health-related unemployment, and addiction.
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I work at the Church Times newspaper as Assistant Editor. It has been published weekly since 1863, and comprises news, opinion, features, and reviews. We report on what’s happening in the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion, but also cover a wide range of topics, such as politics and international affairs. We also have a website, app, and podcast. My job mainly involves commissioning and editing articles, as well as some writing and podcasting.
I started working at Church Times in 2010, initially as a news reporter, having worked as a business journalist and in an editorial role for a think-tank in Westminster. I saw a job advert and applied. It combined many of my interests, including theology and politics. I left the Church Times in 2013 to work in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s press office at Lambeth Palace, but returned to the Church Times in 2016, after feeling an itch to return to journalism.Download the full Interview
I started in my new role at Deutsche Bank’s New York office. I had previously been working on the public-side European credit sales desk in London and have made the transition to the private-side Fixed-Income Structured Solutions Group based in New York. Those are some wordy titles, I know – but ultimately we look for Fixed-Income solutions, in the realms of financing and lending for example, to a diverse set of institutional clients. I joined Deutsche Bank’s legal team straight out of Law School in 2016, where I had regular contact with and exposure to Fixed-Income sales and traders with whom I forged strong internal relationships. From that stage, it was an obvious and seamless transition into the front-office.Download the full interview
I am currently working at Transport for London as a Telecoms Engineer. I found out about the graduate scheme at TfL from The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers book while at university and I applied to the scheme during my final year. I started the two-year graduate scheme in 2013.Download the full interview
I currently work part time for an independent, ethical jewellery designer called Pippa Small. During the rest of the week I work on my own designs and creations, hoping to soon become fully self employed as a jeweller. During my time at Art School, I developed my own research into the function of adornment in daily life, and how we in the modern world value the objects around us. This led me to further my research doing a Graduate Gemologist Diploma at the Gemological Institute of America in New York. When I arrived home, I decided to return to my love of making, whilst incorporating my passion for adornment; jewellery was the natural progression.Download the full interview