Highgate as a charity

A philanthropic school, leading the way for the educational sector. With our nationally-recognised educational partnerships, we aim to be a blueprint for change in education.

Founded in North London in 1565, our original objectives were ambitious but straightforward: ‘the advancement of education by the provision of a school in or near Highgate, the provision of incidental or ancillary education activities, and the undertaking of associated activities for the benefit of the public; in so far as the Governors think fit (and so long as they in their discretion consider that the first object is being properly provided for) the relief of the poor.’

Highgate is now one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools. Whilst our School, and London, have seen many changes in the past 450+ years, one aspect has remained constant: Highgate is still committed to strengthening and building upon our charitable foundations and making a difference to the lives of thousands of children each year.


In 2018-19, our staff worked with over
2,000 pupils from partner schools.

Our ambitions for the future are rooted in a set of core beliefs and values, which underpin everything we do:

  • We believe a good education should be accessible to more than those who can afford it, so we raise funds to help bright children for whom Highgate is the right school come here, regardless of their parents’ or carers’ ability to pay the school fees.
  • We know our Chrysalis Partnership Programme is an innovative educational model, enabling pupils in state schools across London to have access to our exceptional teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • We want to develop and enhance our buildings and facilities so our environment is the best it can be for teaching and learning, with a masterplan for our site based on a sound curriculum rationale.

Being a charity is at the heart of who we are. Our current pupils, parents, staff and every generation of OCs (as we call our former pupils) continue to give considerable time and thought to what the privilege of being a charity means to us.

‘We’re impressed by the philanthropy and the outward-facing attitude (lots of volunteering opportunities), and by the scholarly teaching and academic aspiration’


—Tatler 2019


Since 2012, over 800 donors have collectively given over £6 million towards bursaries, partnership teaching and building projects, transforming pupils’ opportunities at Highgate and beyond.