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  • Highgate School
    North Road
    N6 4AY
  • Head: Mr Adam S Pettitt
  • T 020 8347 3564
  • F 020 8340 7674
  • E [email protected]
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  • Highgate School is an English independent day school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18, with a linked junior school. Located in Highgate, in the London borough of Haringey, it was founded in 1565 and educates over 1200 pupils.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Haringey
  • Pupils: 1,882; sixth formers: 379
  • Religion: Church of England/Christian
  • Fees: £21,920 pa
  • Open days: Tuesday 21 September 2021 in the early evening.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: Highgate Junior School

What says..

It may not have the campus feel of its more suburban competitors, and the walk to the pitches makes for a good 10 minute warm up, but the net outdoor space featuring fields, pavilions, hard tennis courts and Astroturfs far exceeds expectations for a London school – and that’s on top of the sports hall, squash courts and indoor pool (undergoing a major renovation at the time of our visit). Gentle souls can breathe a sigh of relief...

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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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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 (50s). Oxford modern and medieval linguist. Has taught French and German at Eton, Oundle and Abingdon and was second master at Norwich School under Jim Hawkins, former head of Harrow. Immaculate and clipped of tone; parents say ‘visionary’ and a ‘driving force’. Mere mortals have to concentrate to keep up when he speaks and there’s absolutely no conjecture – he is propelled by a sharply focused and incisively articulated moral and educational philosophy. Presides over quite the tidiest desk we have seen (one pen, one notebook, acres of spotless, ocean blue space). ‘Employability’ at the heart of his strategy: ‘We have to ask firstly whether pupils enjoy themselves and secondly whether they are acquiring employable traits.’ Tuned into social pressures faced by young people; aware of, and concerned...

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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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