Working to extend educational opportunity is central to our identity and values. Thanks to donor generosity, more and more young people can benefit from our exceptional teaching and learning.

As part of our 1565 foundation, Highgate was granted land and a title but no endowment to run the School. We are therefore not a wealthy school and 95% of our income comes from fees. Donations help us to achieve our core aims by funding bursaries, supporting our Chrysalis Partnership Programme, and enhancing our buildings and educational environment.

Read more about our charitable aims below, to see if you are able to support this work with a donation:


1. Bursaries


At Highgate we want more young people, who would not otherwise have access to an education of the highest calibre and quality, to benefit from the academic, sporting, creative and social opportunities Highgate provides. We offer bursaries because we believe wholeheartedly that the first-class education our pupils experience can transform their lives, and greatly increase the opportunities available to them in adulthood.

Our bursaries are funded predominantly out of income received from sources other than fees. The Friends of Highgate School also support some awards.

We currently have around 80 pupils who receive bursaries (8% of our Senior School pupils). In 2017-18, over two-thirds of our awards were for upwards of 80% of the school fees, and over half were for the full fees. Many pupils also receive uniform grants and help with school trips.

We are grateful to the generosity of all our donors whose gifts increase the number and value of available bursaries. And, with your help, we want to increase the proportion of children who receive bursaries to at least 10% of our Senior School.

Can you support our bursary fund? Donors support our bursary fund in various ways:

  • A gift of £684 or £57 a month (£855 including Gift Aid) would provide a year of instrumental music lessons for a bursary holder
  • A gift of £5,450 (£6,790 including Gift Aid), with two other supporters matching your gift, would provide one 100% bursary for one year
  • A gift of £16,300 (£20,375 including Gift Aid) would provide one 100% bursary for one year
  • A gift of £32,600 (£40,750 including Gift Aid) would provide one 100% Sixth Form bursary (supporting a pupil in both Years 12 and 13)
  • A gift of £112,000 (£140,000 including Gift Aid) would provide one 100% bursary for seven years, for a child entering in Year 7 and leaving at the end of Year 13


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We can be a springboard for social mobility. So let's roll up our sleeves and get on with it! -Adam Pettitt


of our senior school pupils are bursary funded

2. Chrysalis Partnership Programme


Highgate leads the UK in building partnerships between state and independent schools with our innovative Chrysalis Partnership Programme.

Chrysalis means we share Highgate’s expertise with other schools, whilst broadening our understanding of our community and playing a richer part in it. These stronger educational partnerships help us to continue to attract the best teachers, who are passionate about their subject and want to push themselves in new and different ways. And, through this, we reach more children across London and help them achieve their potential.

Chrysalis is a year-round programme involving more than 20 Highgate teachers working on projects with over 50 partner schools across Haringey, Camden, Islington, Ealing, Newham, Brent and Barnet. All our partnership work encourages academic enrichment, university preparation, and careers and employability support.

In 2017, as an extension of our Chrysalis work, Highgate became primary educational sponsor of the London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham (LAET). LAET, an academically rigorous sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking, will see its first cohort complete their studies in summer 2019. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is lead business sponsor.

Can you support our Chrysalis Partnership Programme? Donors support our partnership work in various ways:

  • Gifts from individual donors support a team of Maths teachers at Highgate working for the equivalent hours of two full-time teachers across Haringey, Camden, Islington, Brent and Enfield.
  • Funds donated at our 2017 Fundraising Gala Dinner supported mental health provision at LAET
  • Individual donors sponsor the salaries of LAET teachers
  • Gifts from over 50 donors enabled us to fund LAET’s library


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3. Capital projects


Our capital projects work aims to enhance our educational environment.

Highgate owes its existence to our founder, Sir Roger Cholmeley, and the Bishop of London, Edmund Grindal, who made the grant of land on which the principal buildings of our Senior School have stood ever since. Even though our Elizabethan heritage is not evident in any surviving buildings, very few Elizabethan schools remain on their original sites, as we do.

Maintaining our nineteenth-century buildings, while enhancing our teaching and learning environment across all our buildings, is important and costly. In recent years, the addition of the Garner and Charter Buildings, and the conversion of School House into the Mills Centre for Art, Design Technology and Engineering, plus the transformation of Big School into our beautiful Sir Martin Gilbert Library, have all greatly enhanced our ability to fulfil our educational purpose.

The master plan for our site is based on realism and ambition: realism, in that we know that several of our buildings require serious investment, and ambition, in that we are convinced that short-term solutions will ultimately be money wasted, since we have the opportunity to do much more.

Can you support our capital projects? We have longer-term plans to transform Dyne House, the Richards Music Centre and the Mallinson Sports Centre.


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Contact the Development team


T. 0208 347 2101


A. Field House, 9 Bishopswood Rd, Highgate, London N6 4PD

Frequently asked questions about donating to Highgate


  • Why does Highgate need to raise funds?

    Founded in 1565, we were granted land and a title but no endowment to run our School. We are therefore not a wealthy school and 95% of our income comes from fees. Donations help us to achieve our charitable vision more quickly and to greater effect. Donations are already helping to fund means-tested bursaries, our partnership teaching programme, and enhance our educational environment.

  • Is Highgate a charity?

    Yes, Sir Roger Cholmeley’s School at Highgate is a registered charity, no. 312765.

  • How much money has been donated so far?

    Since 2012, over £6.3 million has been donated or pledged.

  • How much do people give?

    It depends very much on the individual’s wishes and circumstances. Gifts of any size really do make a difference.

    Collective participation makes a huge impact. For example, our summer 2017 crowdfunding campaign for LAET’s library surpassed its target, with a final total of nearly £35,000 – and the majority of gifts were between £20 and £200.

    Highgate’s charitable ambitions have also been greatly assisted by major donations of £10,000 – £500,000, which are helping to fund full- and part-bursary places, sponsoring the salaries of partnership teachers, and enhancing our educational environment (such as assisting with our Pre-Prep refurbishment and new Junior School building).

  • How much of my donation will be allocated towards Highgate’s charitable projects?

    We allocate 100% of your donation towards the area which you wish to support. At Highgate no administrative or other costs are met through fundraising.

  • I would like my donation to support a particular area. Is this possible?

    Yes. When making your gift, choose your preferred area from the drop-down menu.

  • How much does Highgate spend on fundraising?

    Last year our return on investment was approximately 5:1, which is strong for a Development Office of our size, and better than most mainstream charities.

  • Does all bursary and partnership spending come from fundraising?

    No, we also commit around 3% of revenue each year to help fund bursaries and partnerships.

  • Can Highgate claim Gift Aid?

    Yes. Highgate is a registered charity, so we can claim Gift Aid on donations made out of UK taxed income.

  • I would like to make a regular monthly donation. How do I do this?

    Regular monthly donations can easily be set up online by direct debit – please click here. [link]

  • Can I give anonymously?

    Yes. When making your gift, tick the relevant box and we will respect your anonymity.

  • I would like to leave a bequest to Highgate in my Will. Can you help?

    Yes. For more information about leaving a legacy to Highgate, please contact our Campaign Director on email: [email link]

  • How do I donate?

    There are a number of ways to donate, including making an online donation. For more information, please click here. [link to donating page]

  • Do you have a Donor’s Charter?

    Yes. Our Donor’s Charter is:

    • We will regularly publish information about our School’s activities and progress
    • Fundraising activity will be supported by a clear case for support
    • If you wish your donation to go towards a particular project, we will ensure this happens
    • If you request anonymity, we will treat your donation as confidential
    • We will acknowledge your donation appropriately, as soon as possible after we receive it
    • Donors’ rights to privacy and confidentiality will be respected, with all records kept securely, in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998
    • Donors may request that their details be removed from our School’s development database or the number/type of solicitations limited, if so desired

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