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Public Benefit

Harrow's 16th-century Royal Charter states the School's objects as the 'bringing up, teaching and instruction of children and youth in grammar', such that those young people give 'a very good example to all others to imitate the like hereafter, and also to the common profit of all our subjects'.

As a charity, we remain mindful of this commitment to public benefit by working to fulfil four charitable aims.


1. To provide an independent secondary education of very high quality which maximises each pupil’s potential and lifelong interests to the benefit of the wider community.

A number of Harrow’s former pupils have gone on to make significant contributions to society. Details of many of them can be found here, in the appendix of The Timeline History of Harrow School by Dale Vargas (Druries 1952³) and in Mr Vargas' latest publication, 101 Eminent Harrovians, which was written in collaboration with Ross Beckett OBE.

2. To deploy the corporation's resources and voluntary funds to develop its facilities and educational opportunities and maintain and, where possible, improve the quality of teaching and learning.

We continually invest in improving our pupils’ educational experience. Investments in the past year include:

  • Co-location of Design & Technology and Sculpture with Art and a new Photography studio, alongside a new digital design suite.

  • New digital audio-visual system in Speech Room.

  • New laboratory and Harkness room in the Biology Schools.

  • Firefly, a digital learning platform, and a new Head of Digital Learning.

  • Introduction of GCSEs in Computing and Ancient History.

  • Development of our links with US universities.

  • Around 1,400 new items in the Vaughan Library’s stock of 30,000 books.

  • Floor-to-ceiling whiteboards in the Maths Schools, as well as bespoke software in Mathematics, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Physical Education.

  • Two new Beaks in Learning Support, as well as an Artist in Residence and a Director in Residence.

  • Ongoing Masters’ training and development (four Beaks completed their PhDs).

  • Support of Masters’ own writing and research.

3. To widen access by increasing bursary funding.

Bursary funding supports several pupils who would not otherwise be able to afford the School’s fees. In 2014/15 (our most recently published accounts), 73 pupils benefited from bursaries amounting to £1,719,000. Of these awards, 22 attracted remission of at least 95% and a further 42 attracted remission of between 50% and 95%. We continue to supplement bursary funding and, in 2014/15, raised over £1.5 million for this purpose through donations made via the Harrow Development Trust.

4. To provide educational facilities to members of local schools and to other members of the community, so far as is consistent with the above aims.

The School runs over 150 projects and partnerships with local schools and community groups. To see a growing list of case studies, visit the Harrow School profile on the Independent Schools Council's website, Schools Together.