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Overall Guide to Harrodian

Harrodian is set on a 25 acre riverside estate in South West London. It’s a co-ed independent school for those aged 4 to 18. The site includes departments for all of Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior & Sixth. All parts of the school come together to form one ‘close-knit whole.’ The school emphasises that it combines ‘strong academic performance with warmth, friendship and community… a special environment in which children can develop, grow and flourish.’ The school was founded in 1993 – prior to that the site was a farm, then a private residence, and finally a sports club for employees of Harrods – hence the name, presumably. Application to the senior school is highly intensive, meaning that it might be better to apply to the prep school and then remain in the school until 18 – something that many students now do. There were roughly 330 applications for 30 places at 11+ in the latest data available. In total there are 424 pupils at the school, all of whom are day pupils. The school doesn’t subscribe to a particular faith. Fees are £7,315 per term.

Harrodian Ranking & Results

In the latest set of results, 71% of all GCSE grades were 9-7 (A* to A), an increase from 67% the year before. There were two pupils who scored ten straight 9 grades, and thirteen others scored only 8s and 9s. At A Level, 52% of grades were A* or A, again an increase from 49% the year before. 80% of grades were A*, A or B.

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Harrodian Curriculum

The curriculum is designed so that pupils study 11 core subjects in Year 9, in preparation for the GCSE years to follow. In Years 10 and 11, the GCSE years, pupils are required to  study seven compulsory core subjects:  English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, at least one modern foreign language, and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Additionally, option subjects allow pupils to choose from at least 13 other subjects. These are set out below:

Block A
French, Italian & Spanish

Block B
Art, Business, History, Religious Studies, Geography, Computer Science, Physical Education, Media Studies

Block C
Geography, Latin, Religious Studies, Business, Media Studies, 3D Design, French, Drama, Music

Block D
Art, Geography, History, Music, Business, Drama, 3D Design, Classical Civilisation

At A level there are 22 subjects to choose from. These are as follows:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • 3D Design
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What is the admission process at Harrodian?

The school outlines that it welcomes ‘young people who can benefit from Harrodian’s academic, sporting, cultural and social opportunities and who are ready to make their own contributions to school life and community.’

In general, there are 35 – 40 places available in Year 7. The school has recently decided to use the ISEB Common Pre-Test, which can be sat by registered applicants at their current schools. This is a ‘respected and widely used online test for children moving from primary or prep schools to secondary schools.’ There are four sections, which are: Mathematics, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

What kind of questions are asked at interview at Harrodian?

The School:
What makes you a good fit for our school?
What is your current school like?
What do you think you will enjoy most about studying here?
What makes a good school?
What do you think some of the characteristics of a good student are?
Which of the subjects that you’re studying at the moment do you think is the most important?
What do you think some of the characteristics of a good teacher are?

Do you play any team sports?
Do you play any solo sports? What do you think the difference between team and solo sports ism in terms of the qualities required to succeed?
Do you play any musical instruments?
Do you do any drama or public speaking?
What kind of music do you like to listen to?

Personal Qualities & Values:
What is the most important characteristic for someone to be a good friend?
How do you deal with conflict and difficult situations?
What is your greatest weakness?

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