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, south-west 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 Harrodian 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 1500 pupils and 120 members of staff.
Fees & charges
As of 2015 the school charges tuition fees of (term/year): £4,431/£13,293 (4.5–7 years of age); £5,076/£15,228 (8–12 years); £5,867/£17,601 (13–15 years) and £6,766/£20,298 (sixth form). In addition to tuition fees, charges are made for: lunch; insurance and registration, these additional charges amount to approximately £1,000/year.
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
- A landmark case for the Harrods name
- Harrods make new claim against school
- "Why I Moved Back to school again". The Times. London. 11 May 2003.
- "Daily Telegraph Obituary Peter Thompson". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- "Obituary - Peter Thomson 1939-2011", TES.com
- Official school website
- Ofsted page
- Achievement and attainment tables 2008 at the DCSF
- League Table entry at the BBC
- Directory entry