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  • The Harrodian School
    Lonsdale Road
    SW13 9QN
  • Head: Mr James Hooke
  • T 020 8748 6117
  • F 020 8563 7327
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Richmond-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 983
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £13,800 - £21,105 pa
  • Open days: Regular small group tours. 11+ open mornings October and November.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The house system, rather than the usual house swimming galas and sports events, sees a flourishing array of staff and pupils zealously throwing themselves into planning and meetings. The pupils appreciate the house bake off, pumpkin carving competition, drama, music and quizzes. Parents like the fact that ‘Kids organise assemblies and ensure all children perform in front of one another’. Current parents believe it ‘would not be the right choice for pushy parents or those who shy from informality and creativity’.

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Italian at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1999, Mr James Hooke BSc PGCE (geographer). Educated at nearby Hampton Grammar, followed by Leeds university, began his career in the City but swiftly changed to teaching abroad at St John’s School, Buenos Aires. Appointed deputy head at The Harrodian in 1994, he worked alongside, and impressed, the legendary Peter Thomson, becoming head five years later. Youthful in appearance, he continues to find seeing young people progress and develop under his watch extremely satisfying and is sad to see them go. This is a head who regularly takes lunch duties, checking queue hoppers, and happily chats with pupils over meals. He moves about the school with calm, purposeful authority, and is, above all, accessible and approachable.

As one parent observed, ‘Although there have been changes as the school has...

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