Connecting in a mutually beneficial way

Our Community and Partnerships team work to keep Highgate School connected in a mutually beneficial way to the local, London, and national community through bespoke and ongoing partnership projects and collaborations.

For example, Highgate is connected to the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum, Highgate Festival, Haringey School Network, Haringey Education partnerships, national education networks, local sites and centres, national groups like Shelter, and international partners like the Great Lakes School in Uganda.

These partnerships enable us to undertake activities for the benefit of the public, and our pupils.

  • Highgate School is one of the sponsors of the annual Highgate Festival, with festival offerings also provided annually. In the Summer of 2022 Highgate offered a tour of our grounds and museum, our music pupils and staff performed at the Festival in the Park.
  • Highgate is connected in with Citizens UK and host some Citizens UK local chapter meetings on site.
  • Safi Coffee is used and sold (to fundraise for a charity) on site amongst older pupils and staff.

Chrysalis Partnerships

Our Chrysalis Partnership work started in 2008 as a Year 12 summer school with twelve state schools, mostly in Haringey. Chrysalis has now become a year-round programme delivering specialist and inspiring academic projects and masterclasses to pupils from primary to sixth form in over 50 partner state schools.

Our mission is “to inspire and support pupils of any age to pursue academic subjects at the next level, culminating in applications to Russell Group universities” through extension and robust academic provision.


'Few independent schools can match Highgate’s efforts to promote social mobility' Times and Sunday Times Parent Power 2020
'There is mutual benefit for the pupils who learn about important issues, and develop personally' Community Partnerships Director

40 regular and one-off partnership teaching sessions held in our partner and local primary and secondary schools including:

  • Y11 chemistry masterclasses
  • Primary Design Technology & Engineering club
  • Maths masterclasses from primary to Y13
  • Latin and French language masterclasses,
  • ‘As If By Magic’, an innovative and engaging lecture designed by Dr Andrew Szydlo, is a central part of our partnership science provision.
  • A ‘Teachers as Researchers’ project led by Highgate Pre-Prep colleagues in partnerships with colleagues in local primary schools.
  • Highgate partners with local council Virtual Schools to provide the programme Accelerator, which supports young people from these local councils who are in Care, or have a social worker, with bespoke sessions for personal development, raising aspirations, and careers support.

Summer Schools

We run two annual summer schools.

We welcome Y4 state school pupils from our local and partner schools in in July to experience a rich programme of learning, subject exploration, Sports and Exercise, and team-building. Pupils enjoy subjects ranging from: an introduction to British Sign Language, to Design & Technology, dance, and sports.

We welcome pupils from both Y10 and Y12 from our local and partner state schools and sixth forms to participate in STEM and Humanities academic masterclasses, specialist careers support, raising aspirations and a university visit for Y10 pupils, and targeted UCAS and personal statement drafting support for Y12 pupils.

Chrysalis Summer School 2022

“My time at Highgate was OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD! The lessons were fun-filled with excitement and surprises all day. Learning new things in DT, acids types in science, learning sign language and meeting new people.”


—Year 5 Summer School Pupil, 2022


Partner State Schools


Hours spent on partnership work by Highgate teachers and the Chrysalis team

London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham

LAET was founded in September 2017, following the successful model of the LAE in Stratford (LAES is also one of Highgate’s partner schools). Highgate serves as the principal education sponsor, working alongside Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, LAET’s principal business sponsor.

The London Academy of Excellence Tottenham is a sixth form free school and is Highgate’s flagship school partner. It provides an academically rigorous sixth form education to children in the Tottenham area, in response to an identified need for improved post-16 education in the borough.

Highgate provides governance and has an annual set of teachers who are employed by Highgate and seconded to teach full, or part-time at LAET. In the 2022-23 academic year 15 teachers, and 3 non-teaching Highgate staff members are officially seconded to LAET with other meaningful staff resources deployed throughout the year, i.e., for CPD training and joint planning.

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