The arts at Highgate Sixth Form

We inspire our sixth formers to study and to work creatively. This includes exciting co-curricular opportunities in music, drama, and art.


At Highgate, our musical activities encourage the beginner or further the talented musician. We have the following instrumental ensembles open to our sixth formers:

  • a senior symphony orchestra
  • chamber orchestra
  • senior woodwind ensemble
  • several jazz bands
  • brass group

Our three choirs provide music for Sunday Choral Evensongs, with a further three covering a range of repertoires. Numerous chamber groups rehearse weekly and we have regular concerts, plus masterclasses, workshops and an annual house music competition.


Highgate has more than 30 music
ensembles that rehearse each week.

Our Music Department arranges four main concerts a year, one in a major London venue. Recent themes have included a celebration of music by female composers. Other popular activities include our Young Musician of the Year award and our annual JS Bach Day. In addition, our annual Composition Competition fosters independence and excitement around composition.

Individual music lessons are available with specialist visiting teachers in all the main instruments and in singing. Certain orchestral instruments may be available to learn, for free, through a rare instrument scheme specifically aimed at beginners (at the discretion of our Director of Music).


Every encouragement is given to those at Highgate to participate in drama, as actors, in stage management, or assisting with sound and lighting. Our separate drama studio provides additional rehearsal and performance space.

Recent productions include Oliver! (shown at RADA), South Pacific, West Side Story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables, The Trojan Women, The Bacchae, Medea, The Tempest, and a promenade of A Christmas Carol.


Our excellent Art Department has facilities for painting, print-making, life drawing, sculpture, pottery, photography, and film-making. Beyond the classroom, sixth formers can take part in a number of clubs and societies, ranging from life drawing to experimental print-making. Our studios are also open every evening, from 4pm-6pm, so anyone is able to do work there then.

Our Mills Centre for Art and Design provides dedicated gallery and studio space, with work by pupils and sixth formers regularly exhibited around our School.