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Harrow is an all-boys full-boarding school, founded in 1572 under a royal charter granted by Elizabeth I. Distinguished Old Harrovians include seven British prime ministers and the first prime minister of India, Pandit Nehru, as well as poets and writers as diverse as Byron, Sheridan and Richard Curtis. As stewards of many cherished traditions, boys at Harrow benefit from an education that develops their unique talents and a love of learning, alongside a keenness to contribute their strengths to the world.
In 2016 our A*/A rate was over 65% and 28% received A*, an increase on last year. In four subjects 100% of candidates received A*/A. Economics and Mathematics were the most popular A-level subjects and, in the latter, our results are on an upward curve with 80% of our candidates obtaining A*/A, against the downward national trend in Mathematics.
At GCSE, we had another outstanding year, with 62% of candidates receiving A* – our second best year ever and a significant increase on 2015. Our A*/A rate was also pleasing at 85%, and approximately a third of the year group achieved A* grades in ten or more subjects. In a very strong set of results overall, sciences and languages shone, with Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and German all seeing A* rates well in excess of 70%.
Our leafy 300-acre estate contains 12 Boarding Houses. The buildings are quite individual with their own gardens and facilities, helping to set each House apart. The Houses inspire fierce loyalty from the boys and old boys, who take pride in their own part of Harrow.
Common to every House is the highest quality of pastoral care, which is a major strength of the School. House Masters and their families live in the Houses, and are assisted by an Assistant House Master, Matron, Year Group Tutors and Health Education Tutors. In addition, the chaplaincy,
full-time psychologist and pastoral support committee provide further layers of nurturing and support.
On average, there are about 60–70 boys in each House. There are no dormitories: a boy shares his room with a boy of the same age for the first three to six terms and thereafter has a room to himself. Every boy has a computer in his room and each House has common rooms and shared kitchens.
Sport enriches the life of every boy throughout his time at Harrow. With afternoon games five times a week, sporting fixtures against other schools and the chance to compete regularly in House matches, boys are kept healthy and active. Under the expert guidance of some of the country’s leading coaches, boys develop their skills, character and confidence. Through games such as rugby, soccer, cricket and Harrow football, they learn how to be team players. Equal emphasis is placed on the many individual sports offered here that cultivate resilience, self-discipline and enjoyment.
Surrounded by acres of sports fields, AstroTurf pitches, a golf course, swimming pool, sports centre, tennis, rackets and fives courts, Harrow has a breadth of sporting opportunities to match every interest and ability.
Our elite sportsmen have an impressive record of achieving excellent standards and some go on to enjoy successful professional sporting careers. Unique occasions like the annual cricket match versus Eton at Lord’s provide memorable highlights in the School year.
The arts are an extremely important part of Harrow’s packed calendar
of activities. Whether it’s learning a musical instrument, playing in orchestras and ensembles, singing in choirs or in Houses, performing in plays or discovering beauty in fine art, sculpture and ceramics, the opportunity for creative expression at Harrow not only sets our boys on a lifetime of personal enrichment and enjoyment, but also teaches them to be more self-disciplined, attentive and better at planning and organising their busy lives.
Boys who participate in the vast spectrum of Harrow’s creative and performing arts also find that this involvement has a broader, more beneficial effect on their overall academic performance. By encouraging boys to perform in the highest-quality School and House concerts, plays and competitions, we see them finding their own voice and the confidence to express their individual creativity, regardless of innate talent.
All teachers live in the School, and this makes possible the extraordinary diversity of worthwhile activities on offer in the evenings and at weekends.
Scholarships and bursaries
A large number of scholarships are awarded every year. Scholarships have a value of 5% of the fee and are held throughout a boy’s time at Harrow, subject to satisfactory performance. Boys may apply for more than one of the different types of scholarship, which include Academic, Music, Art, Sport and Outstanding Talent. Scholarships can often be supplemented by a means-tested bursary of up to 100% for parents who might not otherwise be able to afford the fees.
For details on admission to Harrow, visit the Admissions page on our website: www.harrowschool.org.uk
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