Through Shaftesbury Enterprise, Harrovians engage purposefully and genuinely with our local community, in the spirit of the 19th-century reformer, philanthropist and Old Harrovian, the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (The Head Master's 1813³). Around 200 boys, mainly in the Sixth Form, are regularly involved in the programme.
In a recent development, each of our 12 boarding houses is now attached to its own project, with many new projects for this year. Druries, for example, has partnered with Harrow Club W14, a centre for sport and education for young people in Notting Dale. The Head Master’s is linked to Shaftesbury High School, a special needs school who are sending Year Eight pupils to Harrow for sports coaching. Moretons boys are reading one-to-one with pupils from Grange Primary School.
Other new House projects include a partnership with Wiseworks, a day service centre for adults with enduring mental health problems, for whom boys are helping to build a float for the London New Year's Day Parade; another reading programme with Saint Jérôme Bilingual School; Mathematics masterclasses with Welldon Park Primary School; and support for New Chapters, a business that employs people with learning disabilities to sell second-hand books online.
Pilot projects have also begun, including tutoring and activities sessions for looked-after children and young carers.