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Harrow 450

Celebrating our past, refounding our future

Celebrating our past

This year, Harrow School will celebrate 450 years since Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to John Lyon to build a School on Harrow Hill. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on four and a half centuries of tradition and excellence and to look forward to a future of greater innovation and scholarship and an environment fit for the 21st century.

450 years on, we follow in the footsteps of the Giants of Old, from our founding benefactor himself to Lord Byron, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, Jawaharlal Nehru, King Hussein of Jordan, Sir Winston Churchill and the many distinguished Harrovians in all fields of endeavour today.

We celebrate their legacies, together with the many unique and cherished traditions that distinguish Harrow and give it the reputation of being one of the finest schools in the world. Throughout 2022, Harrow School and our wider community will celebrate our long and venerable past with an exciting calendar of events to be held on the Hill, in many regions of the UK and across the world.

Refounding our Future

We have an ambitious development programme for the School which will see considerable investment in our bursaries and buildings as well as the preservation of our key historic buildings and innovation in learning and scholarship. In keeping with John Lyon’s original vision, we will deliver a significant social impact, not just through our bursaries but also through strengthening authentic partnerships with the local community, benefitting thousands of young people in North London and further afield.

Over the next five years, the Harrow Development Trust, our fundraising team, aims to raise over £100m to help fund a range of projects. You can read more about the Harrow 450 Campaign here.