Why Harrow needs support

Harrow is believed by many to be a rich school. The fact is that without the generosity of Old Harrovians, parents, beaks, charitable foundations and others connected with the School, Harrow would not have survived to become one of the world’s greatest schools. Although rich and varied in many ways, Harrow’s general reserves are minimal and school fees do not generate a substantial surplus for reinvestment. Today, the School still needs your support.

The endowment that the Founder of Harrow, John Lyon, left the School was never sufficient to fund capital projects. Apart from the Old Schools, almost every building you see on the Hill, as well as the playing fields, has been paid for by gifts from parents, former pupils and School staff. We are able to pay for the maintenance of existing buildings out of fee income, but for major new developments the School relies on the generosity of its supporters.

In addition to the School’s ongoing need for capital improvements, a major priority for the School is to raise substantial funds to create a new and effective Scholarships and Bursaries Fund. Much has changed in the educational environment over the last decade and we hope, with your support, that we can continue to enhance opportunities for our pupils and maintain our exceptional standards of teaching.

Click here to read the Bursar's comments.

"It may be desirable to explain at the outset the peculiar financial position in which Harrow stands. Harrow has virtually no endowment. The Trust Fund administered by the Governors is quite inconsiderable, amounting to a very few hundreds a year, and is practically absorbed by annual and unchanging demands. Hence, when any improvements on a wide scale become necessary, there is no resource but to apply to the friends of the School for voluntary subscriptions…My gratitude will be very great if, at the close of our third century of School life, we are enabled to continue with ampler appliances, but with unchanged spirit, those labours of our predecessors which have left their mark – we trust for good – on the public life of England."
Revd Montagu Butler, Head Master of Harrow, speaking in 1871