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We visited two very different houses – Druries, which dates back to the 1790s and is a maze of charming nooks and crannies, and the ultra-modern Lyon’s, or the Holiday Inn, as a few wags have nicknamed it. ‘It’s the best piece of real estate around here,’ joked one boy, hugely appreciative of its light, airy, five-star rooms. ‘There’s room for us to move around and not cause too much havoc.’ Discipline is clear and firm but the place feels pretty relaxed, with boys knowing exactly where they stand. ‘You are given freedom but if you abuse the freedom you…

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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 April 2019, Alastair Land MA (Cantab) (40s), previously head of Repton after three years as deputy head here. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge (first class hons in natural sciences). He comes from a lineage of skilled horticulturalists who nurtured his early interest in science. A man with a vocation to serve, he seriously considered a career in the armed forces (and hasn’t closed the door on one in the church), but above all he ‘always knew he wanted to teach’. His first job gave him the opportunity to combine the two and he spent nine years at Eton as biology teacher and commanding officer of CCF. Thence to Winchester College where he was master in college and senior housemaster. Father of two young sons and a daughter.

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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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