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A legacy gift, of any size, is a tremendous honour for Highgate. We are not a rich school; Sir Roger Cholmeley gave the school land, buildings and a name, but no endowment. Throughout the 450 years of our history, the great School we have built at Highgate has always relied on the support of Cholmeleians and friends.

Leaving a gift in your Will is a way to ensure that Highgate remains a great School. Writing a Will is, quite rightly, a very personal choice.  In making your Will, having naturally considered your family and your loved ones first, we hope that, having done this, you may consider supporting Highgate.  Because Highgate School is a charity (registered charity no. 312765), gifts made either during your lifetime or through your Will are generally free of tax if you are a UK taxpayer. Please note that this is general guidance only. We recommend that you seek independent legal and tax advice when making a legacy gift or Will, or amending an existing Will.

In leaving a legacy gift, you could play your part in transforming Highgate’s future.

Cholmeleians and friends of the School sometimes find that choosing to support Highgate with a legacy gift enables them to make a more significant gift than they could during their lifetime. By remembering Highgate in your Will, you have the opportunity to make an incredible difference to the School, the impact of which could be felt for generations to come.

Unrestricted bequests enable us to use your legacy gift wherever the need is greatest at the School, whatever its current priorities, and so give us useful flexibility. You may also choose to direct your bequest towards a particular fund, for example the Bursary or Buildings Funds.

“Why I give” – one of our legacy benefactors explains his decision to remember Highgate in his Will

“I received an excellent education at Highgate between 1939 and 1947 in spite of difficulties caused by World War II. Fortunately I was awarded a Scholarship which helped financially with school fees, which my widowed mother was struggling to pay. Throughout my life I have been much indebted to my Housemaster, Stanley P. Kipping, who arranged for a benefactor to pay some of my school fees, thereby enabling my mother to rent a small flat for us. Additionally, he did much to help me secure my first job, which started me on a fascinating career in microwave electronics. As a small return for this good fortune I am pleased to contribute, by way of a legacy, a little towards the provision of a bursary for a deserving boy or girl who, like myself, would otherwise be unable to have an education at Highgate.”

Should you wish to find out more, please contact Emily Clarke in the Development Office, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning 020 8347 2101.

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