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Highgate School is a private co-ed day school in Highgate, North London, with a history going back almost 500 years. Highgate wants its pupils to leave well-qualified, happy & employable and has won numerous awards in recent years.
The school’s 1,500 pupils aged 3-18 are educated in impressive facilities that particularly promotes languages, music and Design & Technology. Its Art and Design centre features studio and gallery space, as well as printmaking, sculpture, pottery, and filmmaking facilities, an IT suite for graphics and computer-aided design and a photography darkroom.
Along with the usual French, German, Spanish and Latin, other languages taught at Highgate School include Mandarin, Russian, and Ancient Greek.
There are 23 acres of sports facilities at the senior school, including squash courts, netball and basketball courts, an Astroturf, an indoor swimming pool and a strength and conditioning suite. The 22 sports on offer at Highgate School include football, rugby, cricket, hockey, golf, fencing, kayaking, gymnastics, water polo and basketball.
Highgate School gets impressive academic results and is very competitive to get into. In 2019, 25% of its leavers went on to study at Oxbridge and students regularly go on to other Russell Group universities.
Highgate School has no sibling policy so all candidates must work equally hard to get in. Every pupil must participate in at least one co-curricular activity per term, choosing from over 150 groups; from beekeeping to 3D animation.
Highgate’s Head, Adam Pettitt, is a modern and medieval linguist who formally taught at Eton College. He goes out of his way to get to know every pupil personally, which sets the tone for the school. Results
Non-Verbal Reasoning skills test a child’s natural ability and potential, rather than their learned knowledge. Candidates are asked to problem solve, based on a series of pictures and diagrams; questions will often ask which one is the odd one out in a sequence. At Nightingale Tutors, we believe a strong performance in these tests can set a child apart and work hard to prepare our pupils for them. We will continuously expose them to similar questions as well as run courses & workshops on the subject from our classroom space. Please contact Nightingale Tutors if you’re interested in working with one of our tutors.
The interview happens after the entrance exam. Around 200 candidates are invited back for an interview each January. Highgate School wants bright, confident, and friendly children who can speak effectively while listening and work well with others, particularly their classmates. Its interactive group task assesses the latter along with problem-solving skills. Highgate School needs to know that your child will be a good pupil and classmate that teachers and peers will enjoy spending time with. Nightingale tutors has a wealth of experience preparing children for the interview and will work to ensure they feel at ease & comfortable before the big day.
Your child will first take part in a fun, hands-on activity that will allow them to create something to take home with them. This is usually Design Technology.After that, a more formal group interview takes place. This activity lasts around 40 minutes; It assesses problem-solving, leadership, and diplomacy abilities. Your child should be self-assured, quick to respond, but respectful and interested when their peers talk. They will be normally put in a group of 4. Whilst Highgate’s interview process is slightly unique in comparison to other schools, Nightingale Tutors will match your child with a tutor who is very experienced with Highgate and the process.
If you are considering Highgate School for your child, please get in touch with Nightingale Tutors to discuss how we can help.
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