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  • Nower Hill High School
    George V Avenue
    HA5 5RP
  • Head: Mr Chris Livesey
  • T 020 8863 0877
  • F 020 8424 0762
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Harrow
  • Pupils: 1,881; sixth formers: 383
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 11th May 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 3rd May 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: Harrow Collegiate

What says..

The pupils who showed us around were extremely articulate, warm, kind and very proud of their school. Big mix culturally and harmonious atmosphere. The school has a very long tradition of strength in the arts subjects, which was evident as we walked round. Discipline is ‘bang on’, one parent told us: ‘For a school with this many children, you really don’t hear of many incidents like bullying etc, and if there are, they are dealt with quickly and appropriately.’ Hugely over-subscribed. Approx 1,400 applications are submitted each…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Additional Science at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Chris Livesey, BA from London in modern history. A Cheshire lad, who moved to London for his degree, continued his studies there (PGCE) and never went back: ‘My first teaching job was at a comprehensive school in Wembley, and then I became deputy head at Nower High, where I stayed for the next 15 years before becoming head. I’ve basically had two long services in two schools.’ Although he is loathe to admit that he must have been the natural choice to succeed the much respected former head teacher, we think few would’ve expected otherwise. One parent told us: ’Mr Livesey was always a well-respected deputy head and classics teacher and was always very visible.’ Mr Livesey says that when he was offered the role of head teacher, he was ‘extremely flattered...

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The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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