London Borough of Harrow - Education

Education

The borough is often perceived as having a good educational record, and features many state-funded primary and secondary schools as well as a handful of large tertiary colleges. The state school system differs slightly from other London Boroughs, with entry to secondary school starting at the age of 12+ as opposed to 11+, following on from middle schools. Similarly, for a long time the secondary schools of Harrow did not feature integrated sixth-form education, with all school leavers having to join the large tertiary colleges such as Harrow College, Stanmore College or St Dominic's Sixth Form College. There have been critics of the tertiary colleges, with many arguing the standard of education does not continue the standard set by the Borough's secondary schools. Indeed, Harrow suffers a significant number of pupils leaving the Borough for their tertiary education. However, as of 2005-2006 session, select Harrow secondary schools introduced sixth forms in the hope to retain more of the pupils and to provide them an alternative to the large tertiary colleges. From September 2010, the primary sector will be modified to enable transfer to secondary education at age 11 in line with other London Boroughs.

The Borough has a Music Service which provides instrumental tuition for 15% of all Harrow state sector pupils (the national figure is 8% of all state pupils receiving instrumental tuition) and a range of ensemble opportunities for pupils.

The independent schools of the Borough are dominated by the presence of Harrow School and John Lyon School for boys and North London Collegiate School and Heathfield School, Pinner for girls, which consistently rank as among the best schools in the country. Notable independent primary schools include Orley Farm School and Reddiford School, both of which are co-educational.

There are also a number of voluntary aided schools in the Borough. These include: Salvatorian College (Roman Catholic, Boys), Sacred Heart Language College (Roman Catholic, Girls) and Moriah Jewish Day School (Jewish, Co-ed).

There are two special needs high schools; Kingsley High School (Co-ed) and Shaftesbury High School (Co-ed).

Other state secondary schools in the London Borough of Harrow are: Bentley Wood High School (Girls); Canons High School (Co-ed); Harrow High School (Co-ed); Hatch End High School (Co-ed); Nower Hill High School (Co-ed); Park High School (Co-ed); Rooks Heath College(Co-ed); Whitmore High School (Co-ed).

Middle schools include Whitchurch Middle School.

GCSE examination performance
School A*-C Pass Rate
2008
A*-C Pass Rate
2009
A*-C Pass Rate
2010
English Baccalaureate
Pass Rate
2010
A*-C Pass Rate
2011
English Baccalaureate
Pass Rate
2011
Bentley Wood High School 59% 58% 61% 30% 69% 36%
Canons High School 49% 46% 54% 2% 52% 12%
Harrow High School 52% 43% 31% 5% 35% 3%
Hatch End High School 51% 59% 55% 24% 49% 20%
Nower Hill High School 68% 57% 79% 27% 78% 16%
Park High School 66% 72% 66% 15% 71% 23%
Rooks Heath College 37% 42% 52% 11% 48% 12%
Sacred Heart College 76% 86% 77% 53% 84% 59%
Salvatorian College 67% 67% 74% 27% 73% 26%
Whitmore High School 65% 64% 60% 35% 70% 40%
Average for London Borough of Harrow 57.7% 60.8% 60.7% 22.6% tba tba
Average for England 47.6% 50.7% 55.2% 15.1% tba tba
  • The table on shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, for state schools in the London Borough of Harrow
  • The rightmost column shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, in five core subjects - maths, English, two science qualifications, a foreign language and either history or geography.
  • Source: Department for Education
Pupil Exclusions 2007/2008

The London Borough of Harrow has one of the highest pupil exclusion rates in Greater London, coming second to the London Borough of Croydon.

School No. of Permanent Exclusions School No. of One-term Exclusions
Nower Hill High School 0 Bentley Wood High School 68
Bentley Wood High School 1 Canons High School 68
Harrow High School 1 Nower Hill High School 70
Rooks Heath High School 3 Park High School 71
Whitmore High School 4 Whitmore High School 75
Park High School 4 Salvatorian College 87
Salvatorian College 5 Harrow High School 135
Hatch End High School 10 Rooks Heath High School 161
Canons High School 11 Hatch End High School 230

Note: The figures for Sacred Heart High School are not included.

Source: Harrow Observer The London Borough of Harrow claim that these are the latest figures available.

All of Harrow's pupils have the chance to be elected on to the Harrow Youth Parliament. This is a group of around 50 young people in the Borough who come together to work on projects that benefit other young people. They are also the official youth voice for the Council and are in constant communication with the Council on all youth matters.

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