Education in Highgate has a fairly complicated history. Over the past five centuries, there have been many schools that have both flourished and floundered. At the beginning of Highgate’s school history, education was primarily focused on the working class. Schools were set up for the children of these working class citizens, which were mostly supported by private benefactors or charity donations. Through the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, schools in Highgate existed in this vein. In the nineteenth century, the educational landscape in Highgate changed dramatically and came to represent something completely different. Schools began to get more and more prestigious, which was accompanied by an influx of both students and money. Wealthy students and families began to attend the schools and inhabit the area, a drastic change from the working class inhabitants that Highgate previously had. Highgate gradually embraced this elitist and exclusive reputation to the point that the neighborhood now prides itself on its exclusivity and reputation as a special and different part of London.
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