The very best schools understand that the possibilities for learning are endless: it cannot be reduced to isolated, formal interventions and will not be mandated, quantified or curtailed. What Harrovians experience through the arts and sport, and by leading and serving others, are just as important as their lessons. Combined, these elements shape their development as a whole person and have a life-long impact.
As well as helping boys gain admission to top universities, the academic life at Harrow encourages scholarship, intellectual curiosity, independent thought and effective learning habits. We offer a coherent and balanced curriculum that responds quickly to changing requirements, as well as a challenging and inspiring Super-Curriculum that widens and enriches boys' knowledge and understanding.
Engagement with the creative and performing arts teaches our boys to be more self-disciplined, attentive and better at organising their busy lives. Through the arts, boys find their own voice, the confidence to express their individual creativity, and a connection with the most enduring and significant elements of our cultural past.
Participation in sport helps Harrovians to grow, learn and enjoy themselves, while nurturing their personal, physical and intellectual skills, and developing healthy minds and bodies. For growing boys, the value of being outside, expending energy and getting stuck into House and School teams is well recognised: through sport, they learn about teamwork and leadership, and how to conduct themselves with integrity. The health and social benefits also remain with them long after School.
Leadership and Service
Boys experience opportunities for leadership throughout their School career by helping to run extra-curricular programmes, by having a position of responsibility, and by carrying out their duties. All of these activities have service at their core. Every role at Harrow is thought of as job, not an accolade, an opportunity to serve the community rather than being rewarded by it.
Coordinating these myriad elements makes for a robust School routine. Preceded by Speech Room or Chapel, there are eight lessons a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a shorter time for activities; and five lessons a day on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with the whole afternoon given over to sport, music art or drama. Lectures and rehearsals typically take place before supper or after prep. While it would be impossible for a boy to access all that Harrow has to offer during his five years with us, his House Master and Tutor will guide him to achieve the optimal mix, based on his strengths, interests and potential.