Harrodian School was founded in 1993. Before that our riverside location on the south bank of the Thames in Barnes served as a farm, a private residence and a sports club. This time line charts the history of our beautiful site as well as Harrodian's growth into maturity over its first quarter century as a school.
Mill Farm is established on 138 acres of meadows, alongside the River Thames, and is built on the site now occupied by the main school.
Mill Lodge, becomes the home of entrepreneur and Justice of the Peace, Samuel Keene.
A 25-acre sports club, with palatial clubhouse, is built ‘for the mental and physical betterment of Harrods' employees’.
The Harrodian Sports Club closes and the site is put up for sale.
The Club and grounds are purchased by Sir Alford Houstoun Boswall.
The Harrodian opens with 65 pre-prep and prep age girls and boys and 13 staff.
Peter Thomson, charismatic former head of Emanuel School becomes Headmaster.
The first 15 common entrance pupils achieve a 100 per cent pass rate.
The first Harrodians sit GCSE exams.
James Hooke, Deputy Head and Director of Studies, is promoted to Headmaster.
Peter Thomson becomes Principal and unofficial Pre-Prep ‘Grandfather’.
The newly built Senior School building opens.
First Harrodian Art Exhibition featuring work by pupils and local artists.
The Harrodian opens its Sixth Form. Pupil numbers reach 700.
First overseas Sports tour (Cricket and Netball) to South Africa.
The Harrodian stages a tenth anniversary week of celebration.
In September, Harrodian welcomes children all the way from 4 to 18 for the first time.
New music department building opens; first music department international tour (to Prague).
The first wave of Harrodians sit their ‘A’ Levels.
The 11s take their first Easter visit to Italy, a trip now established as an annual tradition.
First drama department visit to Edinburgh Festival.
First Harrodian pupils play for age group national teams (Tom Joslin for football and James Middleton for Rugby).
Lucy Horan appointed head of the Pre-Prep department.
Harrodian wins its first Cambridge University places.
First Harrodian Carol Concert at St Paul's, Hammersmith.
Harrodian celebrates its 20th anniversary with a party and a large cake.
New dedicated Sixth Form floor opens on top of the Senior Building.