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The Harrodian School

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
Established 1993
Type Independent day school
Principal James Hooke
Chairman/Proprietor Sir Alford Houstoun-Boswall
Founder Alford Houstoun-Boswall
Location London
DfE URN 102950 Tables
Students 925 (approx.)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–18
Houses Bridge, Ferry, Lonsdale and Thames
Former pupils Old Harrodians



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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.

In 2011 long-serving principal Peter Thompson died.[4][5]

Fees & chargesEdit

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.[6]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ A landmark case for the Harrods name
  2. ^ Harrods make new claim against school
  3. ^ "Why I Moved Back to school again". The Times. London. 11 May 2003.
  4. ^ "Daily Telegraph Obituary Peter Thompson". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Obituary - Peter Thomson 1939-2011",
  6. ^

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