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.

Read more in our Music Booklet


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


Individual music lessons are available with specialist visiting teachers in all the main instruments and in singing.


A Highgate music award can consist of tuition in one or two instruments or voice and/or a remission of a percentage of school fees. Music awards are open to applicants at 6+ and are awarded following two rounds of auditions.

Interested candidates should submit a music scholarship application form to our Admissions Office. All candidates must satisfy the academic requirements for a place at Highgate before they will be considered for a music award.

Music Award information for 2021 entry

16+ Music Award application form


Every encouragement is given to those at Highgate to participate in drama, as actors, in stage management, or assisting with sound and lighting via skills learnt at our Theatre Tech Club. We have a separate drama studio that provides additional rehearsal and performance space, as well as a Theatre Technician and Director in Residence.

Having ended last year with a sell out run of two shows up at the Edinburgh Fringe, our co-curricular programme is off to a flying start this year. Rehearsals are under way for Guys and Dolls, our biennial musical which this year will be performed at the Arts Depot; Great Expectations, performed this term in the drama studio, and the annual House Drama competition.  Next term will see our Classics Play performed, this year written by Highgate’s very own Head of Classics, and our French Play, performed in French by pupils across the school.  In the Summer Term we look forward to Sixth Form directed pieces and the Year 7 and 8 play.


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.