Highgate School

Overview of Highgate School and 11 Plus information

Address: Highgate School, North Road, London, N6 4AY

Website: www.highgateschool.org.uk


Boys – Yes

Girls – Yes

School Size – c. 900 – 1000

Highgate School Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

Highgate School 11 Plus Exam – English and mathematics plus a verbal or non-verbal reasoning test


Highgate School – Overview

Highgate School is an independent day school consisting of three schools within the one foundation, providing education from the age of 3 to 18. It is a charitable body established in 1565 by a Royal Charter and administered in accordance with a charity commission scheme dated 2005.  The junior school opened in 1889 and the pre-preparatory school in 1993.  In 2004, the decision to admit girls to the junior and senior schools took effect and all three schools are now co-educational.  Years 7 and 8, which were formerly in the junior school, now form part of the senior school.

The senior school is situated in Highgate Village, near Hampstead Heath, in North London. The senior, junior and pre-preparatory schools share several facilities, including the Mills Centre for art and Design Technology, a dining hall and the Mallinson Sports Centre.

The school aims to promote academic excellence through rigorous, critical, engaging and learned teaching so that pupils are inspired to fulfil their potential by aiming high and developing curiosity, creativity and independent learning. It seeks to foster open-mindedness, understanding and an awareness of the needs of others, and to promote a sense of service and a commitment to the wider community.  Through its pastoral care system and the extra-curricular programme, the school aims to secure the welfare of pupils enabling them to develop personal qualities which will equip them as future citizens, able to make a positive contribution to society.

Pupils are admitted at the ages of 11, 13 and 16 on the basis of tests and interviews. Standardised tests indicate that the ability range in Years 7 to 11 is far above the national average; in the sixth form it is above the national average.  The school reflects the diversity of London, with pupils from many different cultural traditions.

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