A full-boarding school for boys aged 13-18, founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Elizabeth I.

We are one of just a few full-boarding, all-boys schools in the United Kingdom.

Through the full-boarding model, we are able to use the whole day productively: the timings of games and lessons change with the seasons and the available light; groups and societies meet after prep and at weekends; and extra subjects find room around the timetable. Although we never pretend that single-sex schooling is the only way to educate someone, it does help to prolong childhood in a very healthy way, enabling children to express themselves intellectually, emotionally and creatively without feeling self-conscious. Our rare full-boarding, all-boys environment is key to what makes Harrow, Harrow.

As a steward of many cherished traditions, today’s Harrow is shaped by the best of its past.

Harrow was founded in 1572 under a royal charter from Queen Elizabeth I by local landowning farmer, John Lyon. It soon became one of the greatest schools in the country, attracting pupils from all over the world. This distinguished history enriches the daily life of our entire community. From the boys’ distinctive dress and the carving of their names onto boards in the Houses, to our own unusual form of football, archaic slang and the communal singing of Harrow Songs, these customs develop a strong corporate spirit and a sense of belonging to something bigger than oneself.

Visitors are often astonished to find such a green oasis so close to London.

Harrow’s 300 acres comprise six conservation areas, a registered park, a nine-hole golf course and even a working farm. Coupled with its buildings of special architectural and historic interest, the School has the quality of a village. Positioned as we are on the Metropolitan Line, 20 minutes from Baker Street on a fast train, we enjoy the best of both worlds – a spacious boarding community within easy reach of the vibrancy of the capital.

Harrovians have diverse background and abilities.

No two Harrovians are the same: some live in London, others much further afield in the UK or overseas; a number come from established Harrow families, others have no experience of public schooling; many excel in sport or the arts, others are very strong academically. Whatever they bring to the Hill, all come together on an equal footing, to be judged by their contribution alone. In this environment, individuals flourish, learn from each other and build relationships that last.

Harrow has produced many great men, whom we call the Giants of Old.

Our “School on the Hill” has a global presence.

John Lyon’s Foundation consists of Harrow School, The John Lyon School (an independent day

school for boys) and John Lyon’s Charity. In our Foundation Family, there are also four Harrow International Schools, in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Harrow’s own diverse pupil body means that a boy from London or Yorkshire or the Scottish Highlands may become a close friend of someone who lives in the USA, South Africa or South Korea. About 20% of our boys live overseas: half of those are expatriate British boys, with the others coming from around 35 different countries. Our old boy organisation, the Harrow Association, has a membership of approximately 9,000 Old Harrovians, who are dispersed around the world. The Association’s 22 clubs, thriving events diary, and extensive careers guidance and work placement programme are testament to an OH’s loyalty to his peers and the School – be they 18 or 80, Old Harrovians will often gather to socialise and sing Harrow Songs.



Harrow has been instrumental in the development of a number of sports.

The sport squash (originally called ‘Squasher’) was invented in Harrow out of the older game rackets around before the game spread to other schools, eventually becoming an international sport.

An annual cricket match has taken place between Harrow and Eton College at Lord’s Cricket Ground since 1805. It is considered to be the longest-running cricket fixture in the world and is the oldest fixture at Lord’s (see: Eton v Harrow). Eton won the match in 2013, and Harrow in 2014 and 2015.

Harrow has its own unique style of football called Harrow Football, which was pivotal in the formation of association football as it is known today.



Harrow alumni are known as Old Harrovians, they include seven former British Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill and Robert Peel and the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Twenty Old Harrovians have been awarded the Victoria Cross and one the George Cross.

The School has educated three monarchs: King Hussein of Jordan and his cousin, Faisal II, the last King of Iraq, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the current Emir of Qatar, and has had amongst its pupils a number from the Thai, Indian, Malaysian and Middle Eastern royal families. Members of the British Royal Family have also attended the School.

Other alumni include writers Lord Byron, Sir Terence Rattigan and Richard Curtis, the 6th Duke of Westminster and the prominent reformist Lord Shaftesbury and business people (including DeBeers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer, Pret a Manger founder Julian Metcalfe) and the big game hunter and artist General Douglas Hamilton, as well as Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. In sports, the school produced the first two Wimbledon champions (Spencer Gore and Frank Hadow) as well as FA Cup founder C.W. Alcock and current England rugby international players Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje. Alumni in the arts and media industry include actors Benedict

Cumberbatch and Cary Elwes, singer James Blunt and horse racing pundit John McCririck.

Additional Info

牛津剑桥大学录取率 Oxbridge rateN/A
城市 CityLondon
邮编 PostcodeHA1 3HP
最低年龄 Start Age13
最高年龄 End Age18
宗教信仰 ReligionChristian
A-level排名 A-level RankingExcellent
ISI教育质量报告 ISI Integrated/Education quality report
ISC综合报告 ISC Compliance report