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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 English 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 school was founded in 1993 and has over 950 pupils.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Richmond-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 1,030; sixth formers: 174
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £15,912 - £24,441 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The house system, alongside 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1999, 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. From 1994 deputy head at the Harrodian, working alongside legendary Peter Thomson, becoming head five years later. Youthful in appearance, he finds seeing young people progress under his watch extremely satisfying and is sad to see them go. This is a head who regularly takes lunch duties, checking queue hoppers, happily chatting with pupils over meals. He moves about the school with calm, purposeful authority, and is, above all, accessible and approachable.

One parent observed, ‘Although there have been changes as the school has grown in size, the ethos remains the same at the heart of...

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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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