Joining our schools

Although our school buildings are currently closed to visitors, we’re still accepting applications to join Harrogate Ladies’ College, Highfield Prep School and Highfield Pre-School.

Please call +44 (0) 1423 537045 or email or visit the Admissions Section of our website to find out more.

Harrogate Ladies College alumni events – College Speech Day
Alumni Events

Alumni Events

Our alumni are welcome to come back and visit us at any time when the buildings are open. We also welcome alumni to events throughout the year including reunions, seasonal celebrations and HLC Friends events.

We have two events currently in the diary for 2020 and we will be updating this page as we explore ideas and develop exciting plans for events that don’t require physically meeting!

You can contact Alumni Relations Officer Alex Partridge on or 01423 537029.


Saturday, 6th June 2020

Virtual HCU Reunion

Whilst the traditional annual Reunion at College has been cancelled this year, we are putting together something a little different for our alumnae instead! We hope you will join us for this special online event, from the comfort of your home, on Saturday 6th June! The full programme is as follows:

  • Principal Sylvia Brett
    Welcome and Update
    Including a silence for alumnae affected by Covid-19,
    and the school hymn ‘How Shall I Sing’ by the Chapel Choir

  • Chapel Choir
    Special performance of Rutter’s ‘A Gaelic Blessing’
    Pre-recorded remotely

    Guest Alumnae: 

  • Sharon Maas (1961-65, 68-69)
    Sharon treats us to a reading from ‘Her Darkest Hour’, her latest book, which is published today – a beautiful coming of age story of two sisters ripped apart by World War 2. Sharon is a spellbinding storyteller, with a great sense of adventure and curiosity about the world we live in. Read more here. Sharon is kindly offering a giveaway of her new book for five lucky event attendees!

  • Elle Kay-Coles (2011-15)
    Singer/songwriter, and former Head of Choir, Elle has written a song about the sacrifices made by those working on the front line, to raise money for local voluntary groups providing PPE to local hospitals, including Harrogate Nightingale. Read more here. We are delighted that she will be doing a live performance of the song for us.

  • Alice Barber (2006-13)
    Founder of feminist theatre company Unsung Collective, Alice’s acclaimed production Unsung explores the untold stories of four pioneering and inspirational female figures from our past, asking why they, and hundreds like them, have been relegated to the footnotes. Alice will talk to us live about the work and answer questions from alumnae. An excerpt of the production – now recorded as a radio play – will be available before the reunion, and the full version will be available for alumnae to enjoy at their leisure afterwards.

  • Virtual Tour of the School

  • Sharing Memories
    Alumnae are encouraged to share their school photographs and memories afterwards in our friendly and lively Alumnae Facebook group! Make sure you have joined the group in advance, as membership needs to be approved. 
To ‘attend’ the Virtual HCU Reunion on Saturday 6th June, just sign up using the form below so that we can send you detailed information on how to join closer to the time. There is no cost.

Sign up for the Virtual Reunion on 6th JuNE

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Our speaker Sharon Maas is kindly giving away a copy of her book to 5 lucky attendees who are randomly selected - please confirm if you would like to take part

How will we use your information?
We collect, store and use your personal data in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. We’ll use your data to share news with you about the school and the alumni community; to invite you to events; for fundraising projects and for general alumni communications. We may contact you by post, email, telephone or text message. Data may be shared with volunteers, companies and individuals contracted by us to carry out specific projects on behalf of the Harrogate College Union. We will never sell your data to anyone. Contact the Alumni office on 01423 537029 or if you have any questions or want to change your preferences.

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Other Events

Thursday, 24th September 2020 Annual Golf Match HCU v Queen Ethelburga’s
Taking place at Ilkley Golf Club, North Yorkshire, this is a sociable event with dinner. New players of all abilities are very welcome. Get in touch for more information.