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Definitely (metaphorically and physically) a ‘short hair school’ and we couldn’t find anyone to tell us that individuality is strongly encouraged. Known for its distinctive straw hat, compulsory attire when moving around school (we marvelled at how they remained in place on the blustery day of our visit), an air of conservative uniformity permeates the site. On the subject of uniform, parents should brace themselves for...

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Being a great school is about providing the best possible education - one that creates an appetite for life and develops the talent to live it productively. It is about learning and scholarship, nurtured by exceptional teachers who are leading lights in their chosen fields. It is about combining a breadth of experience through sport, creative and performing arts, CCF and many other character forming activities. It is about providing pastoral care that goes well beyond basic welfare and focuses on developing and maturing the individual, both emotionally and spiritually. And, vitally, it is about preparing young people for life after school at their chosen university and beyond equipping them to become suitably qualified and confident to lead, to serve and to be of good influence. These values underpin everything we do and achieve at Harrow. ...Read more

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Head Master

Since 2019, Alastair Land MA (Cantab), formerly head of Repton after three years as deputy head at Harrow. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge where he was awarded a first-class honours degree in natural sciences. The ‘inspirational teaching’ he received at MGS piqued his interest in academia, later cemented by a gap year teaching in Kathmandu. First teaching job was nine years in the biology department at Eton and from there to Winchester where he was master in college and senior housemaster. Quite the most immaculately attired head we have ever encountered; we were not surprised to learn that he served as a CCF officer for his entire school career (surely it was here that he acquired his pristine style), had a close call with a career in the armed...

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Special Education Needs

Although we do not have the facilities to offer highly specialised and intensive support, our qualified learning skills team supports boys with mild dyslexia and other learning difficulties through one-to-one lessons, help with study skills and certain individual arrangements. We also make access arrangements for internal and external examinations for boys with special educational needs or disabilities, in accordance with the guidelines published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Parents considering Harrow for a boy with special educational needs should discuss those needs with the registrar before registering.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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