The Harrodian School
|Type||Independent day school|
|Chairman/Proprietor||Sir Alford Houstoun-Boswall|
|DfE URN||102950 Tables|
|Houses||Bridge, Ferry, Lonsdale and Thames|
|Former pupils||Old Harrodians|
The Harrodian School is an independent day school in Barnes, Southwest London. Formerly the site of Harrods Sports Club, the original premises has been extended and converted for educational purposes. The school opened in September 1993 with just 65 pupils; by 2011 the roll had grown to 925.
The school was founded by Lady Eliana and Sir Alford Houstoun-Boswall with 65 pupils and 12 staff.
Until 1988 the site had been a clubhouse and sports ground for employees of Harrods department store, and known as the Harrodian Club. While the store's owner Mohamed Al-Fayed sold the grounds, he was not happy that the school took the name, and in fact challenged this in court.
Eliana Houstoun-Boswall was the founding headmistress, but in 1996 was left by her husband after her affair with a teacher became public. The publicity again prompted Harrods to object to the school's perceived connection to them. She has gone on to found another independent school - Hampton Court House.
By September 2010 the school had grown to 925 pupils and 120 members of staff.
Notable former pupils
- Robert Pattinson, actor
- Tom Sturridge, actor
- George MacKay, actor
- Will Poulter, actor
- Jack Whitehall, comedian
- Will Heard, musician
- Jack and Finn Harries, youtubers
- Official school website
- Ofsted page
- Achievement and attainment tables 2008 at the DCSF
- League Table entry at the BBC
- Directory entry