Harrow School

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Harrow School
Mottoes Latin: Stet Fortuna Domus
("Let the Fortune of the House Stand")
Donorum Dei Dispensatio Fidelis
(Latin:"The Faithful Dispensation of the Gifts of God")
Established 1572 (1243)
Type Independent School, Boarding school
Religious affiliation Anglican
Head Master Barnaby J Lenon[1]
Chairman of the Governors Mr Peter Siddons
Founder John Lyon of Preston
Location High St, Harrow on the Hill
London Borough of Harrow
London
HA1 3HP
EnglandEngland
Staff ~200 (full-time)
Students ~800
Gender Male
Ages 13 to 18
Houses 11
School colours Blue & White           
Publication The Harrovian
Former pupils Old Harrovians
Badges Rampant Lion
Crossed Arrows
Website www.harrowschool.org.uk
Coordinates: 51°34′23″N 0°20′02″W / 51.573103°N 0.333792°W / 51.573103; -0.333792

Harrow School, often called simply Harrow, is a secondary school for boys in Harrow in London, England.[2] Harrow has educated boys since 1243 but was officially founded by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I in 1572.[3] Harrow is located in Harrow on the Hill, now in the London Borough of Harrow. The school has about 800 students.[4] They live across twelve boarding houses,[5] and all of them board full time.

Harrow is an independent fee-paying school, of the type known in Britain as public schools. The equivalent term in the US would probably be private schools (see discussion at public school). The annual fees at Harrow are at present £33,285 per year, which includes board, tuition and textbooks.[6]

The Harrow Foundation also runs an independent Grammar School in Harrow, called the John Lyon School, and several international schools.[7] The John Lyon School is also fee-paying and academically selective.[8]

In 2013 66% of pupils got 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths.[9] 14.1% of students go to Cambridge or Oxford.[10]

In 2013 a TV series called Harrow: a Very British School started.[11] It follows boys and staff of West Acre of the West Acre boarding house for a year

Famous men who went to Harrow include Benedict Cumberbatch, eight prime ministers (seven UK and the first Prime Minister of India), Lord Byron, James Blunt, C. W. Alcock, and John Amery.

References[change | change source]

  1. In September 2008 Lenon issued a statement explaining why the school's Head-Boy Designate was being withdrawn from the school by his parents having taken cocaine during the summer holidays > Daily Telegraph Issue no 47,669- dated 6th September, 2008
  2. The Guardian [1]
  3. Tyerman, Christopher (2000). A History of Harrow School. Oxford University Press. pp. 8–17. ISBN 0-19-822796-5 .
  4. "Inspection Report on Harrow School". Reports. Independent Schools Inspectorate. October 2006. http://www.isi.net/reports/2006/0485_06.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  5. "Houses". Harrow School. http://harrow.bitpusher.co.uk/default.aspx?id=82. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  6. http://www.harrowschool.org.uk/1571/admissions/fees-and-charges/
  7. Harrow Foundation [2]
  8. John Lyon [3]
  9. http://www.harrow.gov.uk/news/article/71/harrow_pupils_celebrate_exam_results
  10. http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Education/documents/2007/09/20/100topoxbridge.pdf
  11. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/tv-review--harrow-a-very-british-school-sky1-8798803.html