Harrow Bengaluru shall provide an internationally adapted program based upon the English National Curriculum, modified and enriched by the school faculty to incorporate the local environment and culture of India. Initially the school will accommodate students from Grade 6 to Grade 12, with junior year groups being added subsequently. Students will take international examinations, including Cambridge IGCSE in Grade 10 and A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) in Grade 12. At the same time, the school will adopt a holistic educational model, hence ensuring all round development of students and the building of character and humane values.
Is there a minimum eligibility for students to enroll at Harrow International School?
Harrow Bengaluru aims to enrol students regardless of previous educational experience, race, religion or other characteristics, provided that the minimum academic, language and character standards are met and satisfactory references from previous schools are provided.
All applicants will be invited to complete the Harrow Test prior to entry, which will aim to ascertain both their academic potential and their holistic engagement. This broad-ranging assessment procedure reflects our desire to offer places at Harrow to students who have both the academic strengths to flourish within our international programme and the enthusiasm to take the wider opportunities which our school community will offer.
For what classes are admissions open currently?
Enquiries are now welcomed from students applying for entry into Grade 6 and upward in August 2023.
When does the academic year commence at Harrow International School Bengaluru?
The academic year will start in mid-August and will follow a similar pattern to that of other international schools in India.
What are the school timings?
Harrow Bengaluru will be a boarding and day school. Those who choose to board will enjoy a full programme of activities from early morning until late evening throughout the week.
For day students the school day begins at 8 am and the regular programme ends by 4pm. However, day students may choose to remain at school to take part in the rich variety of after school activities, extending through the late afternoon and into the evening.
What are the admission criteria and what is the assessment process?
Families are invited to register their son or daughter with us, using the online form which can be found on our website.
Selected candidates will be invited to attend an assessment session called the Harrow Test. Where possible, this will take place through an in-person appointment, although arrangements can be made for it to be carried out online when necessary. The Harrow Test comprises a 20-minute interview, a computerised English and Maths assessment (one hour in total) and a classroom-based group activity (20 minutes). This broad-ranging assessment procedure reflects our desire to offer places at Harrow to students who have both the academic strengths to flourish within our international programme and the enthusiasm to take the wider opportunities which our school community will offer.
In the days following completion of the Harrow Test, applicants receive one of the following results:
A List - the offer of a place at the School;
B List - the offer of a place on our Waiting List, allowing reappraisal at a later date;
C List - no offer.
Families are asked to confirm their acceptance of a place within 2 weeks of receiving the admission offer letter, paying the required deposit as detailed in the invoice.
Offers will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory reference from the applicant’s current school, which will be sought as soon as a place is accepted.
What are the subjects taught in primary years?
Students in the primary school will follow a curriculum in line with the English National Curriculum but incorporating additional aspects which ensure the full engagement of all Harrow pupils in a holistic cocurricular programme. Full details of this programme will be published closer to the opening time of the primary school.
What are the subjects taught in secondary years?
Middle school students (in Grade 6 to Grade 8) will enjoy a varied curriculum which both emphasises the importance of the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and Modern Language, as well as providing opportunities to engage in a wider range of subject including Geography, History, Global Perspectives, Computer Studies, Technology and Wellbeing. On top of this, students will have multiple opportunities to take part in holistic activities in a wide number of sports and varied artistic pursuits, including Music, Dance, Drama and Fine Art.
Students in the senior school (Grade 9 to Grade 12) will continue to have the opportunity to engage with the holistic school programme, whilst focusing on a narrower core of academic subjects for external international examinations.
Students in Grade 9 and 10, then, will study an examination curriculum in preparation for IGCSEs. They will have classes in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and a Modern Language, as well as selecting between 3 and 5 further IGCSE elective subjects.
Students in Grade 11 and 12 will either prepare for A levels (in up to 4 subjects of their choice) or, from August 2024, the IB Diploma (requiring the study of 3 higher and 3 standard level subjects, in addition to the IB Core).
Will my child need to bring a computer to school?
It is intended that Harrow Bengaluru will operate a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Students in the middle and senior schools will, therefore, be expected to bring a device to school, so as to allow full engagement with the many opportunities presented through computer based learning.
Does the school provide a bus service and what are the charges?
Yes. The school will have its own buses, providing daily transportation on numerous major routes across Bengaluru. The details of the bus routes will be uploaded to the website in due course. Further information on bus charges can be obtained by writing to the school admissions team at email@example.com
Will all of the teachers at Harrow Bengaluru be from outside of India?
Harrow Bengaluru will endeavour to recruit the best available teaching talent from across the world and India. A large number of the teachers will be from overseas, but we anticipate that a minority of teachers will be outstanding teachers from within India.
Does the school have a school dress?
Yes. A school uniform will be an important part of the identity of our community. Full details of the uniform requirements will be published in due course.
Do I need to pay for textbooks?
Most materials will be supplied by the school but there will be some incidental costs that parents incur with equipment needed for class. Full details of these costs will be provided to applicant families.
Is there an attendance policy at harrow school?
Students are expected to attend school at all times unless excused by the school following requests from parents (or caregivers appointed by their parents). Please refer to our Attendance Policy for further details, which can also be found in the parent handbook.
What is the Teacher : student ratio?
We anticipate that the teacher: student ratio in our founding year will be 1:8
What is the fee structure?
The full fee arrangements can be shared with parents by contacting the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What type of boarding services are available at school campus?
Harrow Bengaluru will offer world class boarding facilities for students. All boarding houses are located in their own dedicated building within the school campus. Students up to Grade 9 will enjoy twin study bedrooms, whilst those in Grade 10, 11 and 12 will benefit from single rooms with en-suite facilities.
Boarders will be able to select whether to be either full (7 day) boarders or weekly (5 day) boarders.
How does the school ensure the mental and emotional wellbeing of children?
The mental and emotional wellbeing of our students will be our highest priority, as we know that students only excel academically if they are thriving emotionally.
The pastoral care provided to our students will be centred around a robust and supportive house structure which will yield a strong sense of community and belonging to day and boarding students alike, as well as trusting and well-established communication between staff and students. All of our faculty members will therefore be trained to follow and deliver prescribed practices to support student wellbeing, whilst we will also have a certified counsellor whose dedicated role will be to support emotional wellbeing and build the mental immunity of our children from an early age.
Our holistic programme of activities will further support student wellbeing, allowing each pupil to develop their own specific interests and passions, and providing multiple opportunities for students to develop new friendships and enthusiasms. At the same time, the holistic programme will cultivate courage, conviction, bravery, resilience, compassion, and a greater sense of belonging, so that our students are able to thrive in life with utmost joy.
Finally, all students will engage in an ongoing wellbeing programme which will be fully embedded into the weekly schedule and will ensure that everyone in our community places appropriate priority on this key area.
What kind of sports facilities will you provide on the school campus?
Harrow Bengaluru will be equipped with outstanding sports facilities, which will include an Olympic sized 50m swimming pool, extensive cricket facilities, a full size sports hall providing ample space for multiple badminton courts and other indoor sports, several outdoor basketball courts, an extensive gym, a full sized 5G astroturf football field, a 400m running track and squash courts.
How are parents informed of their child’s progress?
Twice termly written reports will be provided to parents, updating them on their child’s progress in social, emotional, physical and academic areas, as well as identifying appropriate goals and strategies moving forward. In addition, parents’ evenings will be held for each year group, allowing parents to meet individually with their child’s teachers.
Most importantly however, the house based pastoral structure will ensure that parents and pupils have a well-established relationship with key staff, allowing ongoing informal dialogue and a clear communication pathway when additional conversations are needed.
What other facilities are present on the school campus?
The campus, which is currently under construction in Devanahalli, a new part of the city in the northern corridor, close to Bengaluru International Airport, will benefit from a wide range of outstanding facilities.
The secondary school academic building alone will provide 17,000 sq m of learning space, providing spacious, well-equipped classrooms, an 800 sq m dedicated science and technology zone, a 600 sq m library and multiple break-out spaces to encourage collaboration and independent learning.
Ample space for the arts will be provided through an extensive music wing which will incorporate performance halls and numerous practice rooms, as well as multiple soundproofed teaching spaces. Further dedicated zones for fine art, sculpture, dance and drama will ensure that creativity thrives at Harrow Bengaluru, further supported by a performance auditorium measuring some 1,750 sq m and sitting immediately alongside the secondary school academic building.
What is the size of the campus ?
Harrow Bengaluru is currently being built in phases on a 60 acre plot.
Are lunches and snacks provided by school?
Yes. The main secondary building incorporates a large and bright dining hall where all students will take lunch. Each boarding house is additionally equipped with its own dining room in which boarders will take their breakfast, evening meal and other snacks.
What foreign languages are offered?
Harrow Bengaluru offers an extensive language programme which provides wide-ranging options for students across the year groups and hence meets a wide range of needs and interests. Further details of our language programme can be found within the parent handbook.
Do you offer any scholarships and if yes, how can one apply for them?
Harrow Bengaluru will offer a structured scholarship programme. Further details can be obtained by contacting the admissions office at email@example.com.
Does the school follow a house system?
Yes. The house system is a central feature in all Harrow Schools and plays an important role in supporting student wellbeing, ensuring the highest quality of pastoral care, building a strong community and providing opportunities for collaboration, leadership, competition and teamwork. Both day and boarding students will be house members, allowing them to build a sense of ownership within an integrated and supportive collective.
Is Harrow Bengaluru a co-educational school?
Yes. Harrow Bengaluru is a co-educational school and looks forward to welcoming girls and boys across all year groups.
What is the provision for gifted and talented students?
Harrow has a global reputation for its ability to support students with special talents in a broad range of areas. The school’s scholastic facilities and highly qualified faculty ensure that the most academically able are stretched and challenged, both through differentiation in the regular classroom and, very significantly, an extensive super-curricular programme. The latter provides regular opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the standard academic programme through a variety of clubs and societies and through working alongside faculty on advanced level projects.
Harrow Bengaluru will also provide excellent support to those with special talent in cocurricular areas. Our outstanding facilities, and the extended school day permitted by our boarding ethos, will allow students to dedicate extensive periods of time to the development of their talent under the guidance of experts in their field of expertise, whether it be a particular sport, music, drama, art, or a variety of other pursuits.
What is Harrow Bengaluru’s approach to bullying?
Harrow Bengaluru has a very robust and clearly defined counter bullying policy which lays out our zero-tolerance attitude towards bullying, which is accompanied by a strong educational approach, hence confirming that all of our community understand the importance we attach to this issue.
The School ensures that parents are clear that bullying-type behaviour is not tolerated and are aware of the procedures to follow if they believe that their child is being bullied. Working in close partnership with parents on this issue is absolutely essential and always in a student’s best interests.
Similarly, the School ensures that students understand the School’s approach and that they are clear about the part they can play in preventing bullying, including when they find themselves as bystanders. Students need to know where the boundaries are and that we take those boundaries seriously.
Our preventative approach is further reflected in the proactive engagement with all students on this issue which includes the publication of clear Codes of Conduct, an extensive PSHE educational programme, the creation of student-led pastoral teams in every house, the establishment of diversity and inclusion groups, and the sharing of regular surveys which allow the school to identify any emerging trends.
The School ensures that disciplinary sanctions are applied in such a way that the consequences of bullying reflect the seriousness of the incident, so that others see that bullying is unacceptable. Our approach to sanctions is always fair and consistent. Sanctions almost always include a reflective written work component in which students are required to consider carefully their actions and write about how they intend to move forward positively.
How can we best prepare our child for life at Harrow Bengaluru?
We will provide a huge amount of support and structure for your child whenever they arrive at Harrow Bengaluru. This will extend to both pastoral and academic contexts. However, the more independent they are, the quicker they will be able to adjust, settle in and thrive.
Whilst they are at their current school, encourage them to take responsibility, in so far as is possible, for the management of their own academic work and their other activities. Encourage them to pursue as wide a range of interests as possible, so that they can make the most of all of the opportunities on offer at Harrow. We encourage our students to read. So please encourage your child to always have a book on the go, so that this is the norm before they arrive.
Talk to them about the importance of community and the need to look out for and support other people. They will be joining a community where they will need to be very much a team player, where engaging with others and with the many opportunities of Harrow life is highly valued.
# The fees will be charged in INR on the basis of the prescribed fees in USD and the fees mentioned in INR is only indicative and will change basis the fluctuation in the conversion from USD – INR