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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 three schools in one: the Pre-Preparatory School (ages 3-7) and the Junior School (ages 7-11), each with their own Principal, and the Senior School (ages 11-18). The atmosphere is upbeat, ambitious, innovative and liberal. Staff are dynamic, well qualified and demanding.

Girls and boys in roughly equal numbers are admitted at 3+, 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+ from a diverse range of backgrounds and schools, both state and independent, throughout North London. We provide means-tested bursaries and scholarships (both academic and musical) at 11+, 13+ and 16+; scholarships are honorary.

We aim to be a place for learning and scholarship; a reflective community; an exemplar for the healthy life. In short, a school which values every stage of childhood while preparing pupils intellectually and emotionally for further study and employment.

Each school within the Foundation has its own character but a common purpose and identity. Whenever a pupil arrives, we hope that the key features of the Highgate experience remain the same for her or him: the sense of community, love of learning and independent growth which we believe characterise the Highgate way.

Entrance examinations consist of: 11+ - maths, English & non-VR test. Interviews take place two weeks after the tests. Previous school report is considered. 13+: , tests in English, maths and reasoning in September/October of Year 7; separate scholarship examination in the summer of Year 8 for 13+.
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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)

Other features

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

Head master

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.

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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