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Harrow School

In 2018 near 65.00% of A Level students achieved A*-A
Address: 5 High St, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3HP
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Description Harrow School

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Established: in 1572
  • Location of the Harrow School: United Kingdom, England, London
  • Student age: from 13 to 18 years
  • Educational programs: high school, GCSE, A-level
  • Total number of students: 830 people, all at the boarding house (100%).
  • Type of study: separate (only boys)
  • Type of accommodation: residence.

Harrow School is one of the oldest, most respected and prestigious closed schools for boys in the whole of Great Britain. Here for centuries, representatives of royal families and hereditary aristocrats studied. The foundation of the school is attributed to 1572 (on the personal order of Queen Elizabeth), but there is evidence and references to the work from the middle of the 13th century. Of the famous graduates of Harrow will be enough to note the following legendary personalities:

  • Representatives of the Rothschild family
  • Writer John Galsworthy
  • Winston Churchill
  • Founder of the Conservative Party of Great Britain Robert Pee
  • Poet Byron
  • Poet Richard Curtis
  • Seven prime ministers of Great Britain from different years
  • The former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Many representatives of the British Parliament
  • The poet Sheridan.

Today, Harrow School provides a classical education of the British standard and the highest quality, elite and classical, in accordance with centuries of tradition. It is an opportunity to join (albeit temporarily) the higher strata of British society, to feel the spirit of elitism and chosenness. Even for British students to enter this orphanage is a synonym for success.

The school is located in the north-western part of the city (20 kilometers to the center, about half an hour to Heathrow Airport). The picturesque, well-groomed territory gives children the opportunity to concentrate on their studies - and at the same time, all the necessary urban infrastructure, attractions and cultural life are in close proximity.

Harrow School supports centuries-old traditions - especially this is reflected in the appearance of boys, repeating the costume of a gentleman of the XIX century. The costume for each day consists of:

  • A snow-white shirt
  • A dark blue jacket made of wool
  • Black silk tie
  • Black shoes
  • Gray trousers
  • The blue cardigan
  • And, of course, the world-famous straw barrel.

At the end of the week and on weekends, students wear an off-season dress:

  • Snow-white shirt
  • Black cylinder
  • Black dress
  • Black waistcoat
  • Striped trousers
  • Black tie
  • Braces.

Headmen wear a personal cane and a black cylinder every day.

Another respected tradition are school songs that were written in different years and even in different Era. The special collection includes more than 50 songs that the choir performs during various holidays, events and celebrations.

Students enter a special elite society, a certain club in which their laws and orders reign. There is a special, incomprehensible to others lingo, a special kind of football, as well as some unique differences in everyday life. Every "newcomer" gets 2 weeks for a full adaptation - at this time he is treated with softer and more correct, less strict disciplinary measures. Each is assigned a mentor from among high school students (the so-called Shepherd), and after two weeks the newcomer will be tested for knowledge of school rules and traditions.

The successes of Harrow School in the education of boys are confirmed by centuries of experience and adherence to traditions. Groups for studying include up to 12 people, young men are engaged in spacious, bright classrooms, fully equipped with all necessary equipment. Each teacher is an expert of the highest qualification, with a great work experience, able to motivate students to achieve personal and academic goals.


The school has a great opportunity to deepen the curriculum, for a more detailed study of priority disciplines. You can add to the curriculum another foreign language, a course of higher mathematics (if you are already studying mathematics at the level of A-level). In 12th grade (1st and 2nd trimester), you can choose one additional specialty: electives are not part of the standard school curriculum, offered at the university level. This is an opportunity to study the object of interest more deeply and thoroughly, actively developing the skill of critical and analytical thinking. Electives can be chosen from among the subjects associated with the chosen future profession, and engage in the study of a completely new field of knowledge:

  • Conflict resolution
  • History of the development of stringed musical instruments
  • Advanced physics
  • Physiology
  • Culturology
  • International health care
  • Zoology
  • Creative writing
  • Introduction to psychoanalysis
  • Great economic theories
  • Reformation
  • Design competition
  • Outstanding European philosophers
  • Programming
  • Architecture
  • Finance business
  • Ancient history
  • Music technology
  • The history of Western art.

In the 12th grade pupils with the help of tutors determine which universities they plan to enroll in for the chosen specialty. The choice is not limited exclusively to British universities: you can choose US universities (you can prepare for the SAT exams), and the world, Europe (you can also take the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Pre-U programs).

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Harrow School

Program name
from 13 925 £ / term

Quick overview: Shell Year (9th grade) is an educational program of boarding school for boys. The program is designed for international students.

About the educational program: students learn a fairly wide range of subjects. Some of them (mathematics, science and English) are taught at the GCSE level right away, deep and thorough. In the main subjects students pass introductory and orientation courses for 2 terms, after which they can choose one or another discipline for a more detailed study at the GCSE.

List of subjects to study:

  • Art;
  • Foreign languages (two to choose from): 
    • Spanish;
    • Ancient Greek;
    • Chinese;
    • German;
    • Russian;
    • Japanese;
    • French;
    • Italian.
  • Geography;
  • Biology;
  • Foundations of religion;
  • Design and technology;
  • Music;
  • Computer science;
  • English;
  • Latin language;
  • History;
  • Chemistry;
  • Mathematics.
from 13 925 £ / term

Quick overview: Remove and Fifth Form (10-11 grades) is an educational program of GCSE for boys 14-15 years old. The program is designed for international students.

About the educational program: 10 selected disciplines continue to be studied at the GCSE level - they will then help students to enter the A-level program, showing excellent results and fundamental knowledge. 

The compulsory subjects included in the curriculum of each student:

  • Physics;
  • Mathematics;
  • Chemistry;
  • English;
  • Biology.

Subjects to choose from (you must select 4, one foreign language is required):

  • Foundations of religion;
  • Design and technology;
  • Italian language;
  • Art;
  • Physical Culture;
  • Ancient history;
  • Chinese;
  • Theater art;
  • Astronomy;
  • Music;
  • German;
  • Ancient Greek;
  • History;
  • Japanese;
  • Geography;
  • Spanish;
  • French;
  • Russian language.

At about 15 years old, students begin active vocational guidance, are defined with a future profession and specialty, learn about universities and faculties that provide the necessary training programs. Constantly conducted useful lectures, thematic meetings, master classes and conventions, discussions with representatives and professionals from various fields of activity (from engineers to parliamentarians, from art workers to doctors); Also students are tested for professional orientation. Educational staff also conduct individual and group consultations to help:

  • Pupils can always count on advice;
  • Help in choosing subjects for study at the A-level (recall, they will be only 4, and the choice should be approached with all responsibility). 

Students 15 years and older can pass a useful professional internship during the summer holidays.

from 13 925 £ / term

Brief information: Sixth Form (12-13 class) is a A-level program for international students at 16-17 years old. At this age, the program of compulsory secondary education is over, and those students who want to continue their studies at the university are enrolled in a comprehensive A-level preparatory program.

About the educational program: it is designed for 2 years and implies a huge amount of independent work, projects and research. In the 12th grade, 4 selected subjects are thoroughly studied. There are only 3 in 13th grade (many students nevertheless prefer to continue all four selected), which in June reach the examination level. Final examinations and their results significantly influence the chances of successful admission to the chosen university - many universities count the A-level certificate as entrance exams.

International students can choose the priority disciplines from the following extensive list:

  • Theater art;
  • Ancient history;
  • History;
  • Latin language;
  • Geography;
  • History of art;
  • Music technology;
  • Biology;
  • Mathematics (+ advanced level);
  • French;
  • Business management;
  • Foundations of religion;
  • English;
  • Music;
  • Ancient Greek;
  • Italian language;
  • Physics;
  • Art;
  • Statistics;
  • German;
  • Russian;
  • Chemistry;
  • Photo art;
  • Political science;
  • Economics;
  • Spanish.

Accommodation and food

On the campus, reaching an area of ​​105 hectares, there are 12 comfortable residences (each designed for 60-70 people). The institution lacks a full-time form of education - all students are accommodated on a full board basis (7 days a week). Each residence is surrounded by a green and well-kept garden and has everything necessary for a comfortable stay. Young men occupy rooms for 1-2 people during the first 3-6 trimesters, after which they move to their private bedrooms - there are no common rooms here. On each floor there are enough shower rooms and toilets, common cozy living rooms for rest with TV and fresh press. Between the hostels Harrow School is constantly held sports and intellectual competitions, creative and scientific competitions: boys learn to defend the honor of his team, his name and good reputation.

Meals are also organized on the full board basis: the diet is balanced and fully meets all the needs of children and adolescents. All wishes and requests, religious and medical, national prescriptions are also taken into account - a special Nutrition Committee is working, which holds regular meetings to receive feedback.

Each student has his tutor (class teacher): he helps in solving any questions of academic, vocational guidance, examination. The dormitories are constantly on duty and the commandants live, as well as their assistants and supervisors - 12-14 people are assigned to each: he is responsible for their safety and comfort, monitors the observance of order, cleanliness and discipline, and creates a friendly and benevolent atmosphere. Weekly meetings of tutors and commandants are provided: they discuss personal, academic and extra-curricular achievements of students, plans are made for their further development. The ratio of pupils and staff is 12: 1. Parents can contact the institution's staff at any time and clarify any questions concerning the education and residence of their child.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: Ancient Greek, art, Art and design, astronomy, biology, chemistry, Chinese, computer science, economics, English, French, geography, german language, history, History of civilizations of the world, Italian language, Japanese, Latin language, maths, music, physics, political science, Religious studies, Russian language, Spanish, statistics, the photo, Theatrical art
Events list: Athletics, badminton, canoe, ceramics, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, horseback riding, Jazz band, judo, music studio, paintball, Rifle shooting, rock climbing, rugby, skiing, Swimming in the pool, tennis, water polo

Events Harrow School

Of the popular sports, it is worth noting the classes:

  • Basketball
  • Riding
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Jogging on the rough terrain
  • Karate
  • Rugby
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Football
  • Shooting from the bow
  • Judo
  • Water polo
  • Big tennis
  • Climbing
  • Polo
  • Cricket
  • Diving
  • Ggolf.

In their free time students are waiting for 56 clubs and sections on interests - each will find a lesson for himself, will be able to show his abilities and find like-minded people. Opportunities for development are unusually broad - we will give some examples of communities:

  • Political club
  • The Latin American Club
  • The Medical Community
  • The Shipbuilding Club
  • The Lobby of Bridge Game Lovers
  • The Biological Community
  • The Historical Club
  • Culinary club
  • The scientific community
  • Literary club
  • The Astronomical Club
  • The School Farm Club
  • The Ceramics
  • The Cheese Community
  • The Foreign Languages ​​Club
  • The Community of Chemists
  • Riding club
  • Mathematical community
  • Amateur club
  • The philosophical community
  • Chess club
  • Community of debates.

The club of fans of military history "Alexander" is regularly visited with lectures and master classes by representatives of high military ranks, military strategists, former Participants in hostilities. Club "Palmerston" provides an opportunity to meet with famous national politicians and master the basics of government. Amnesty International offers young people to help improve the international community and take part in the struggle for human rights.

Harrow has his own newspaper The Harrovian: it is published by the students themselves every week, and all articles are published anonymously. Here you can not only highlight the bright events of school life, encourage successful students, but also cause public outcry about current topics and contentious issues.

The cadet corps is actively functioning: here you can improve the skill of first aid, reading maps and orienteering on the ground. The resulting knowledge will be particularly useful in the fight for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize (Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme): awards are issued at the bronze, silver and gold levels. All participants (note that this type of employment is paid additionally) manifests itself in four directions:

  • Sports and physical culture
  • Night expeditions (planning, preparation and participation)
  • Public works and charity
  • Manifestation of personal talents and abilities.

On weekends and in the evenings, students can go on excursions or walks, visit a movie or theater, and also take part in recreational activities that are constantly arranged on the campus. In addition, a sufficient amount of leisure is provided along with the pupils of other boarding schools: the male school does not mean complete isolation from the women's society.


Here are some statistical data proving the effectiveness of the educational process (2013-2014):

  • GCSE = 85.2% of graduates received A* -A scores, 56% of them are A*
  • A-level = 93% of the students earned marks from A* to B, of which 26% - A*
  • 34th place in the list of top schools according to the results of A-level (The Independent)
  • 100% of yesterday's graduates successfully enrolled in selected universities around the world
  • Long-term partnership and communication with Cambridge and Oxford: in 2014, 22 graduates became students of these prestigious universities
  • 15 Students enrolled in the best universities in Canada and the United States, including members of the Ivy League (Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania).

Equipment Harrow School

Harrow seeks to give its students everything they need for full, comprehensive development, to expand their horizons and realize their own talents and abilities.

The large library has over 25,000 diverse sources - widely known outside the school, which are useful for studying and classes for pupils and teachers of other institutions. Additionally, many dormitories and departments have their own libraries, many of them have their own specialization, which is very convenient for students studying in different directions.

The institution is proudly ranked as one of the most computerized: all PCs are connected to a large database of Westminster University, they have access to the branches of the natural sciences of many medical universities, providing the opportunity to search for unique valuable information for scientific research.

Pupils have the greatest opportunities to develop their creative abilities. One of the key areas is musical art. Every new student goes through musical listening; a huge number of guys are engaged in playing the guitar, bagpipes, organ, piano, sing in the choir. The orchestras and music groups work here, there is own recording studio with the newest equipment, concerts and performances are constantly arranged. Several times a year, theatrical productions, plays and musicals are held, the school of arts, drawing and sculpture works.

Harrow pays no less attention to the physical, sporting development of his pupils. On the campus there is a spacious indoor pool (length - 25 meters), squash and tennis courts, a golf course, fields and grounds for team games. Constantly arranged competitions, tournaments and relay races, including between national teams of other schools, are organized trips of the team to the championships abroad. Students always become winners of prize places, and the most successful can apply for a scholarship.

Term dates and fees

The academic year is divided into traditional trimesters alternating with vacations for students' rest:

  • Autumn: from September 1 to December 18 (vacations from October 26 to October 30)
  • Spring: from 4 January to 24 March (holidays from 15 to 29 February)
  • Summer: 11 April - 20 July (holidays from 30 May to 3 June).

The cost of one trimester of study is 12050 £, one year - 36150 £.

Please note that there are some surcharges and fees not included in the basic cost of the program:

  • Registration fee = 200 £
  • Deposit for confirmation of place on the program = 3000 £
  • Three-month deposit
  • Supportive English language courses for foreign boarders = £ 1200 / trimester.

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 350 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 3000 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 14500 GBP
  • Application fee 500 GBP

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

  • Characteristics from the previous place of study
  • Report card with marks for the last 2 years.

The requirements for the entrants here are very high and strict: it is necessary to demonstrate outstanding academic and sporting successes, talent in the field of art and music, show leadership qualities and initiative, enthusiasm, activity, have a wide range of interests.

It's best if the child passes the preparatory, pre-school education in the British school before submitting the documents: according to statistics, successfully enrolled in Harrow School, foreign students have been studying in the UK since 11 years and earlier. Representatives of Harrow recommend for pre-studying to choose those institutions where, in addition to a quality academic program, extra-curricular activities, sports and creative employment are developed, and a large number of extra-curricular optional activities are provided.

13 years (admission to 9th grade)

According to the historical tradition, pupils apply for studies in grade 9 at 11 years, for two year before the expected start of classes - especially this is important for international students. Together with the traditional entrance examinations of the Pre-Selection Test and Common Entrance Exams, the school uses its own test: it assesses the knowledge of the English language, mathematics and the level of development of verbal-logical thinking. After the successful passing of the test applicants waiting for a personal interview. If you studied Latin or French before, be prepared for additional testing in these areas.

16 years (12th grade)

The registration form for this step must be sent at least 10-12 months before the expected start date. The applicant is waiting for the examination of documents, personal interviews and passing of testing. For successful admission, you must have points not lower than A-A* for 7-8 exams GCSE.

Scholarships Harrow School

Harrow has a scholarship fund that allows some students to cover 5-10% of the cost of studying: for this you need to show outstanding results in studies, sports, creativity or art, and scientific activity. Also, gifted children from low-income families can count on support: they are successful in educational process, they can save up to 95% of the cost of education.


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