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Our Purpose

Harrow prepares boys with diverse backgrounds and abilities for a life of learning, leadership, service and personal fulfilment.

Harrow broadens access to our world-class education through full-fee assistance places and other bursaries on a means-tested basis.

Harrow as a community commits significant resource to building long-term relationships with partner schools and organisations to provide programmes to improve the life chances of young people who face significant barriers to progress.

Harrow commits to working for these purposes in the most environmentally sustainable manner.

Our purpose is underpinned by our Values of Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship and is delivered through: 

Scholarship - Encouraging intellectual curiosity, independent thought and effective learning habits.

Opportunity - Ensuring boys become their better selves by developing their potential, thereby increasing their educational and career opportunities.

Character - Developing and maturing the individual, enabling boys to uncover the talents, skills and values to be of good influence beyond Harrow.

People - Admitting boys who will thrive and contribute at Harrow and recruiting and nurturing staff who facilitate excellence.

Operations - Providing environments, infrastructure and functions that make us leaders in our field.

John Lyon, founder, established Harrow School as a Christian Foundation for the studies of 'Godliness and Good Learning' in a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1572.