Founded in 1565, the senior school buildings are in Highgate Village. The junior and pre-prep schools are surrounded by extensive grounds and playing fields adjacent to Hampstead Heath and the whole environment is very agreeable. The oldest buildings are Victorian. In recent years there has been expansion and modernisation and it is now extremely well equipped. Founded as a boys’ school, girls were admitted to the sixth form and junior school in 2004 and at age 11 in 2006 – so co-educational at all levels from 2010. The staff:pupil ratio is 1:10. It is well known for good teaching and high academic attainment. Much emphasis is put on pupils’ enthusiasm for learning, self-confidence and independence of thought; examination results are very good. Pupils are widely involved in the whole school community. Music and drama are particularly strong (a new dance and movement studio was recently opened). A very wide range of activities and games is available and high standards are achieved.