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A year of achievement: rounding up the first year of Harrow School Online

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Gillian Hughes



Our inaugural year has come to a close, and what a year it has been, with new friendships forged and strengthened, thriving scenes in societies and council meetings – even a win in the Tes Independent School Awards, where we found ourselves declared best Strategic Education Initiative: “blazing a trail at the forefront of innovation in education.” 

As the first full-time online British school of its kind, Harrow School Online has already had a major impact on pupils around the world, helping them to settle and prosper, and build creative communities across the globe – from London to Sri Lanka.  

We were thrilled to hear how our students responded positively with a smile when [a Muddy Stilettos reviewer] asked if they felt lonely”, and that our dedicated success coaches “can really help make sure that we’re on the right track.” Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils remains a significant priority for us, in every school interaction our learners have. 

Meanwhile, our teachers reported the inspiration and enthusiasm they felt as they mentored our first student cohort – including Economics teacher Jonathan Shields, who described how “watching Fleming House win the House Music Video competition will always be a great memory… It was the embodiment of the family culture I wanted to create”. 

As we look forward to the second year in the school’s unfolding history, Heather Rhodes – Harrow School Online’s founding principal – explained how: “the support and fellowship we’ve shown to one another through a global pandemic, where our sense of community has cut through lockdowns and restrictions and opened up possibilities to all of us.” 

Among the opportunities that students and staff can build on next year are: 

Expansions are set to continue in our curriculum too, with the addition of a Spanish and Biology A Level course for the September 2021 intake – and further subject launches on the horizon. 

We are delighted to have witnessed our school community blossom with such ease and speed in 2020/21, and are thrilled to continue the journey onwards next year and beyond. 

Limited school places at Harrow School Online remain available for 2021/22. Discover more at our next online open evening on Thursday 26th August 5.30pm BST. More details can be found at