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The Harrodian may look like something out of 19th century literature but it is up-to-the-minute modern in terms of ethos, facilities and the values that the 21st century demands. In the pipeline, a renewable energy and sustainable energy project which, one suspects, will not simply involve...The school is proprietorial and a minority of parents struggle with the lack of...


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  • The Harrodian School
    Lonsdale Road
    SW13 9QN
  • Head: Mr James Hooke
  • T 020 8748 6117
  • F 020 8563 7327
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • The Harrodian School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 4 to 18, located in Barnes, south-west London on the former site of the Harrods Sports Club. The fees are between £17,205 - £26,430 pa and the school does not offer boarding. Want to know more? Access The Harrodian School review.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Richmond-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 1,035; sixth formers: 186
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £18,408 - £28,278 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Since 1999, James Hooke. Educated at Hampton (Grammar as it was then), geography degree from Leeds and a PGCE. Thirst for travel and a stint as a broker (including two years in Hong Kong) led, circuitously, to a two-year contract as a geography teacher in Buenos Aires at the age of 30. He returned to the UK, settled down, had a family and was offered a part-time post as a geography teacher at The Harrodian. The school was developing rapidly and before long he was offered the deputy headship. The rest, as they say, is history.

Head has enjoyed watching the school grow from its pre-prep roots when he joined to a school that nurtures young people right through to the end of sixth form. The journey has been ‘fascinating’ and has resulted in ‘a big...

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The Harrodian School has a dedicated Learning Support Department staffed by teachers qualified to assess and support a wide range of specific learning requirements of pupils of all ages. This support is provided mainly through individual teaching outside the classroom, in close liaison with subject teachers. Jan 2010

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