Highgate

Highgate
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Highgate School, North Road, Highgate, London N6 4AY
N6 4AY
London – Inner (London postal codes)
020 8340 1524
Co-ed
1360, Upper sixth 160
£2110-£4870
the Admissions Registrar

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.

Head Master: Adam Pettitt, in post from 2006. Educated at Oxford University (French and German). Previously Deputy Head at Norwich School and Assistant Master at Eton, Abingdon and Oundle. Teaching staff: 110 full time, 14 part time.
GCSE: 128 pupils in Year 11, all gaining at least grade C in 9+ subjects. A-levels: 133 in upper sixth, passing on average 3.2 subjects.
Virtually all sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (30% after a gap year), 13% to Oxbridge. 14% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 23% in science and engineering, 5% in law, 54% in humanities and social sciences, 4% in art and design.
Sport: Options include football, fives, cross-country, cricket, athletics, swimming, rugby, basketball, water polo, fencing, golf, hockey, netball, sailing, squash, tennis, dance, aerobics, canoeing, lifesaving, weight training. BAGA, RLSS exams may be taken. National representatives at athletics, cross-country running, fencing; county representatives at many sports. Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community service is optional. Urban survival award. Up to 30 clubs, eg automobile, chess, debating, film, model engineering, bee keeping, origami, reptiles.
is run by the Foundation Office, c/o the school.
John Betjeman (poet); Gerard Hoffnung (cartoonist and musician); Anthony Crosland (politician); Sir Martin Gilbert (historian); Anthony Green RA (artist); Sir Clive Sinclair (inventor); Sir John Tavener (composer); Charles Clarke (politician); Johnny Borrell (singer, Razorlight).