Parents

Education is a shared venture. We see our pupils, parents/carers and teachers co-existing in a virtuous triangle, with each side involved with, and supportive of, the other.

Supporting parents                Parent Portal

 

We understand that our parents and carers are busy people so, to support them, we like to:

  • Help you plan ahead – we set our School calendar in advance, so you can see what is coming up
  • Not spam you – we send messages once a week, tailored so you should only get emails of relevance to you and your child
  • Keep you up-to-date – as well as our weekly emails, we hold regular parent-teacher evenings to discuss your child’s progress, while our social media accounts contain our latest news and events
  • Keep your child busy – we provide an extensive range of co-curricular activities, outdoor education, sport, art, music and drama, to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy
  • Support you and your child – pastoral care underpins all our work, while events like our transition evenings help pupils (and parents!) prepare for changes ahead
  • Feed your child well – our Dining Hall serves hot and cold lunch
  • Provide information at the click of a button – our parent portal allows you to access the information you need, when you need it
  • Help you get involved – we are always grateful to have support from our parent body, whether it is help with our careers programme, support for our charitable endeavours or a chance to meet other parents in a social situation

 

Parents’ Associations

 

We have two active parents’ associations – Highgate School Parents’ Association (HSPA) for our Senior School and Highgate Pre-Prep and Junior Schools Parents’ Association (HSPPJSPA).

Our HSPPJSPA typically organises key events like our Christmas market, fireworks evening, quiz nights and summer fair. These are not only social but also have a charitable purpose, with proceeds distributed to charities nominated and voted on by parents. All parents are welcome to become involved, either as a class representative or by helping out at our events.

All parents/carers of our Senior School pupils are members of the HSPA. Our HSPA aims to organise social and educational events for its members. We co-ordinate a Welcome Cheese and Wine Social in September, plus year group and/or house drink events throughout the year. This is in addition to our Burns’ Night Ceilidh, quiz nights, jazz nights, wine tasting evenings, and our Year 13, pupil, parent and staff leavers’ summer ball. Our HSPA also works closely with our School to organise presentations by guest speakers on pastoral topics and harnesses the skills base of our parent body to help pupils through educational, cultural and careers events.

Our HSPA runs regular second hand uniform sales, as well as the purchase of second hand uniform by email orders. We have also created and run the HSPA Babysitting Service, so parents can use a local Year 12 or Year 13 pupil as a weekend babysitter, if required.

HSPA officers are elected annually and there are regular meetings. Please contact our Highgate School Parents’ Association (HSPA) for our Senior School as follows:

HSPA Chair: hspachair@highgateschool.org.uk

HSPA Vice-Chairs: hspavicechair@highgateschool.org.uk

HSPA Secretary and communications: hspasecretary@highgateschool.org.uk

HSPA Treasurer: hspatreasurer@highgateschool.org.uk

Second hand uniform sales: hspauniform@highgateschool.org.uk

Past parents

 

We launched our Past Parents’ Association in 2015, in recognition of the strong links that many parents forge with our School, and with each other, during the time that their children are at Highgate. Our PPA makes it easier for parents to maintain their involvement with school life in the years after their children have left Highgate and become OCs.

PPA membership is priced at a voluntary donation of £50 per couple, per year, set up as an annual direct debit. Members receive:

  • invitations to events throughout the School year
  • tours of the School buildings
  • an e-copy of The Cholmeleian and other publications

Contact our Past Parents Association through our Development Office at: development@highgateschool.org.uk

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