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Head's inclusive approach is just that: 'The quality of the way you learn is critical and every child's experience is equally important. Every day is important – I am most interested in the way each one of us teaches and learns.' Blessed with playing fields and space beyond the dreams of other London schools. If the educational philosophy and general zip in the place doesn't inspire you, the sporting facilities will. Girls' sport, some feel – school disputes – still catching up with boys'; football and netball still pre-eminent but plenty more on offer ...

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What the school says...

Highgate is a co-educational day school with pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds across North London. We offer a Pre-Preparatory School (ages 3-7), Junior School (ages 7-11) and Senior School (ages 11-18).

Our School has three principal aims: to be a place for learning and scholarship; to be an exemplar for the healthy life; and to be a reflective community. Our teachers are enthusiastic, experienced and well-qualified subject specialists. Pastoral care is at the heart of all we do, and we provide extensive extra-curricular activities, including sport, music and drama, to further enhance your Highgate experience.

Entry to our Junior School is normally at the age of 7. All candidates take an entrance examination, and a significant proportion are then interviewed in groups. For pupils joining our Senior School at 11, there are tests, and a significant proportion are then interviewed. There are generally a few places for 13+ entry although these are limited. Pupils from other schools are admitted to our Sixth Form, following an interview. Only occasionally are there vacancies at other levels.

We provide means-tested bursaries and scholarships (both academic and musical) at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Our scholarships are honorary.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Ancient History at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCSE)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.





What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2006, Adam Pettitt MA (40s). Oxford modern and medieval linguist. Taught French and German at Eton, Oundle and Abingdon and was second master at Norwich School, under Jim Hawkins, former head of Harrow – a formidable team. Has French wife and school-age children and is quite the most interesting, eloquent and thought-provoking head this veteran GSG reviewer has met in many a long school visit. Propelled by a sharply focused and incisively articulated moral and educational philosophy, Mr Pettitt is spare, brilliant and energetic. He must be an exacting – though supportive – man to work for. His pupils can only benefit from his firm commitment to outreach to schools and to those without their advantages, to placing an understanding of language at the heart of modern languages, and to educational values...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Two well-qualified specialist Learning Support teachers are employed who offer support to small groups and individuals.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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