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The House System
The House System

The House System

There are four Houses at Channing, all named after eminent Highgate residents and they are led by a Head of House (who is a staff member) and the House Captains. The Houses are:


Named after Sir Sydney Waterlow Bt, a philanthropist and politician, remembered for donating Waterlow Park in Highgate to the public as a “garden for the garden less”. His former house, Fairseat, is now the home of our Junior School.


Named after a prominent Highgate family.


Named after Channing’s visionary co-founders, Miss Emily and Miss Matilda Sharpe.


Named after the Rev. Robert Spears – co-founder of Channing.

When you first start at Channing, whether that’s in the Junior or Senior school, you will be assigned membership of a House. That membership will last you throughout your time with us.

Lots of fun events take place every term, including the staff v student netball match, the Middle School Christmas Quiz and various sporting events such as Sports Day. The House Captains also organise a yearly event, which could be a play or a singing competition.