Harrow School, one of the most prestigious and long-established British independent schools, has broken with tradition to launch the world’s first premier online A level school, Harrow School Online.
The new school is founded on the traditions and academic excellence of Harrow School; a renowned full-boarding school for boys aged 13-18. The school was founded with the approval of Queen Elizabeth 1, who granted a royal charter in 1572 to the founder John Lyon to establish the school.
Harrow School Online is working to the same academic ambitions and targets as Harrow School, but with a mode of delivery which allows pupils to study from home. It is a co-educational school for academically ambitious students aged 16 and over who are looking for a prestigious, high-quality British education that suits their lifestyle. Students will be given the opportunity to study for the Pearson Edexcel international A-Level examinations, focusing initially on STEM subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics) and Economics. In addition to studying full time, students will have the option of studying single A Level courses.
We live in a rapidly changing world, and education must too adapt to the new challenges this presents, and reflect young people’s lifestyles and aspirations. It’s a privilege to be at the forefront of this new chapter of education. I look forward to welcoming our first students in September 2020.” – Heather Rhodes, Harrow School Online’s Principal
Pearson, the world’s learning company, is providing the technology that underpins the online school via a platform that is already used by more than 75,000 virtual school students around the world.
Using the digital platform, students take part in one-to-one academic tutorials, live online lessons with a teacher and other students, self-study lessons completed at a time and pace to suit the individual student, and regular coaching sessions that provide them with personalised support and feedback. As well as the focus on academic excellence, the school also aims to mirror the ethos of Harrow School in England as much as possible through a virtual house system, the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities (such as a chess club and a student newspaper) and the chance to attend a summer course at Harrow School in England. In this way, pupils experience all of the flexibility of self-paced learning within the structure of a complete school programme supported by expert teachers and tutors.
Parents are kept updated in real time to their children’s progress through Harrow School Online’s technology platform. In partnership with Success Coaches, parents are given a clear view of their children’s learning and play a crucial role in their success. Success coaches will also play a key role in supporting students in future planning, progression to university and employment opportunities.
The UK-based and qualified teachers, who are subject matter experts, will be recruited and trained to the same levels of excellence required by Harrow School. Harrow School Online’s Principal is Heather Rhodes who has worked at Harrow School for over ten years as the Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL) and the Academic Principal at Harrow School Short Courses (HSSC).
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