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
Lonsdale Road, Barnes

London SW13 9QN

TypeIndependent day school
EstablishedSeptember 1993; 27 years ago (1993-09)
FounderAlford Houstoun-Boswall
Department for Education URN102950 Tables
Chairman/ProprietorSir Alford Houstoun-Boswall
PrincipalJames Hooke
Age4 to 18
Enrolment925 (approx.)
HousesBridge, Ferry, Lonsdale and Thames
Former pupilsOld 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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Coordinates: 51°28′54″N 0°14′47″W / 51.48162°N 0.24632°W / 51.48162; -0.24632