Harrow School was founded by John Lyon under a Royal Charter
of Elizabeth I in 1572 and is based in the town of Harrow, in north-west London.
The school grew gradually over time but growth became rapid during Imperial
times as British prosperity grew, and the majority of boarding houses were
constructed in Victorian times. It is one of the most traditional and exclusive
schools in the UK and maintains exceptional academic and extra-curricular standards.
It has long been the favoured destination for the sons of wealthy and
influential foreigners seeking the very best example of an English public
Harrow is not built on a campus:
it is fully integrated into the surrounding area; there are private houses and
shops on Harrow Hill, and the main road through Harrow Hill is a normal public
highway and a bus route. The school divides its pupils into twelve houses, each
of about seventy boys, each with its own facilities, customs and traditions.
These houses retain the passionate loyalty of their boys and compete against
each other in a variety of activities for trophies.
Harrow has its own unique style
of football called Harrow Football and the annual cricket match that has taken
place between Harrow and Eton College at Lord's Cricket Ground since 1805 is
considered the longest-running cricket fixture in the world.
Harrow remains one of the four all-boys, full-boarding
schools in Britain and has many traditions, including the use of straw boater
hats, morning suits, top hats and canes as uniform. Its long line of famous
alumni includes eight former Prime Ministers and 20 Victoria Cross holders. Notable
Old Harrovians include Winston Churchill, Robert Peel (creator of the modern Police
Force and founder of the Conservative Party) and Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime
Minister of India. The school has an illustrious sporting tradition and squash was
invented in Harrow out of the older game rackets around 1830. Harrow also was
one of seven schools that met to develop the 1863 Cambridge Rules, which would
influence the Football Association's first set of rules, the 1863 Laws of the
Registration at 11 precedes a reference being sent from the pupil's current school leading to a meeting with any house master who has expressed an interest. A Pre-Selection Assessment the following year may lead to an offer of a place subject to satisfactory performance at Common Entrance or the scholarship exam. Late applicants from UK schools who have not attempted the Pre-Selection Assessment may be considered, and entry into the sixth form at 16 is available.
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