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From the Head Master

If you were to ask a Harrow parent why they chose us for their son, they would tell you that pupils here seem particularly happy and balanced, that we succeed in combining academic excellence with an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom and provide excellent pastoral care.

Harrow was founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I to a local landowner, John Lyon. It soon became one of the greatest schools in the country, attracting pupils from all over the world. Famous Old Harrovians include Winston Churchill and six other British Prime Ministers, the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Nehru, as well as poets and writers as diverse as Byron, Sheridan and Trollope.

In recent years many pupils have gone on to distinguished careers in business, the law, medicine, the armed forces, the arts and the media. We continue in our aim to produce young men who will go on to be leaders in their chosen professions and be of good influence in the world.

At Harrow you will find: high expectations of pupils; teachers who are enthusiastic about their subject; House Masters who are dedicated to the task of ensuring their pupils are happy and successful; the best quality facilities; a good level of discipline; and care for every individual.

We hope you will wish to visit the School and see for yourself what we can offer your son.


Mr Jim Hawkins took up the post of Head Master in September 2011. Mr Hawkins was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford where he read Mathematics and took his PGCE. He taught at Radley College before being appointed Head of Mathematics at Forest School, East London and subsequently Deputy Head of Chigwell School. He was Head Master of Norwich School from 2002 to 2011.