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Personal Development

A good education enables young people to contribute to and thrive in society once their school days are over. Personal development is at once the least tangible and the most important aspect. It cannot be examined nor certified, but instead presents itself in less obvious ways: spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.

At Harrow, we seek to produce young men of good influence: men who will think carefully about others' needs, who will be warm and inclusive in company, who will show gratitude, who will be a good son, friend and - in time - possibly husband and father. Our Values of courage, honour, humility and fellowship are at the heart of our approach.

We encourage boys to apply these Values to all aspects of life, but they are most heavily cemented in the Boarding House. Here, through an incremental system of duties, boys learn what it means to be an independent adult, to contribute on an equal basis, and to experience genuine responsibility by leading and mentoring others. Elsewhere, boys learn social skills through events internally and with girls schools, and expand their cultural sensibilities by participating in and enjoying art, and through trips and clubs that explore other places and peoples. A well-developed system of prizes and rewards, coupled with measured sanctions, recognise achievements and reinforce what we expect.

By living together in this environment, Harrovians address the age-old themes of relationships, group dynamics, regulation and disappointment, as well as contemporary issues such as social media and global living. These are not merely survived by muddling through, but tackled head on through structured and well-resourced health education and tutorship. An experienced team of health educators deliver a pastoral curriculum that tackles all of the usual concerns within a moral framework, through small group sessions, parent presentations and an annual Shell conference.

Our values are underpinned by our Christian foundation and placed in a higher context through worship. We have three Chaplains, two Anglican and one Roman Catholic, and the chaplaincy is ecumenical. Almost 100 boys are confirmed each year, daily attendance is in double figures and between 30 and 40 boys attend the Christian Union. For Catholics, Mass is celebrated daily in the School Chapel. For Church of England and other non-Catholic Christians, the Eucharist is celebrated daily in the Crypt Chapel. Morning Prayer takes place Tuesday to Friday and there is similar provision on a Sunday.

We welcome pupils from all religious backgrounds and make provision for their spiritual welfare. The Crescent Society caters for the needs of Muslim boys and special provision is made for those who wish to observe Ramadan. The Jewish Society arranges a termly Shabbat meal and other instruction and activities. Boys may return home if it is the custom of the family to keep major days, such as Yom Kippur.