Harrow High School is a co-educational academy in the London Borough of Harrow. and a specialist Sports College. It was previously called Gayton High School and Harrow County School for Boys. There was an independent school with the same name on a nearby site until the late 1980s.
Harrow County School for Boys crest.
The site was formerly the home of Harrow County School for Boys, a grammar school. In 1975, when the London Borough of Harrow adopted a comprehensive system of education, the school became known as Gayton High School: it remained an all-boys school.
Gayton High School was the last school in Harrow to become comprehensive in September 1975. Later, in 1998, the school became coeducational and changed its name to Harrow High School, a specialist sports college.
The school has gained a number of national awards for the quality of its provision, including the Artsmark Gold award (2003), Sportsmark award (2002), Investors in People (1999) and Careers Education and Guidance award (1996).
On 1 August 2011, Harrow High School officially gained academy status.
The name "Harrow High School" previously belonged to an independent school which, until its closure in the late 1980s, occupied a site across the road from the current school, on Gayton Road.
Old Gaytonians Association (OGA)
The Old Gaytonians Association gained its first two members in October 1911 but the association was officially established on 27 September 1912.
It was named after the school publication of the same name, this name was chosen because the school site was on 'Gayton Road'.
Notable Old Gaytonians
Harrow County School for Boys
The following were educated at the then Harrow County School for Boys:
- Peter Ackroyd, Biblical scholar
- Clive Anderson, Comedy writer and broadcaster
- Air Chief Marshal John Boothman KCB KBE DFC AFC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Coastal Command 1953-1956, and outright winner of the Schneider Trophy in the Supermarine S6B, 1931
- Donald Box, Conservative MP for Cardiff North 1959-66
- Sir Sydney Caine KCMG Director, London School of Economics 1957-1967
- Sir Horace Cutler OBE, Leader Greater London Council 1977-1981
- Professor Nicholas de Lange FBA, Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Cambridge
- Professor Kel Fidler, vice chancellor of University of Northumbria 2001-2008, and Chairman of the Engineering Council 2005-2011
- Andrew Findon, flautist
- Professor Robin Ganellin FRS, Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University College London
- Roger Glover, musician, Deep Purple, Rainbow
- Carl Jackson MVO, director of music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court
- Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC (Hon), formerly HM Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Service
- Robin Leach, actor & broadcaster
- Sir Leigh Lewis KCB, former permanent secretary, Department for Work and Pensions
- Donald McMorran RA, architect
- Professor Roger Mercer OBE, archaeologist, and president, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 2005-2008
- Sir Derek Morris, former chairman of the Competition Commission; Provost, Oriel College, Oxford
- Simon Napier-Bell, music manager and record producer
- Stephen Norrington, film director, Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Sir Paul Nurse FRS, 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; president, Royal Society 2010-2015
- Paul Oliver MBE, architectural historian and writer on the blues and other forms of African-American music.
- Geoffrey Perkins, writer, and former head of comedy, BBC Television
- Geoffrey Pinnington, editor of The People 1972-82
- Michael Portillo, journalist and broadcaster, former Conservative politician and Cabinet Minister
- Major-General Andrew Ritchie CBE, commandant, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 2003-2006
- Cardew Robinson, comic
- Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG, British Ambassador to the United States 2007-2012
- Professor Anthony Smith CBE, director, British Film Institute 1979-1988; president, Magdalen College, Oxford 1988-2005.
- Stephen South, Formula Three driver
- Jamie Stewart (The Cult), musician, The Cult
- Martin Walker, editor-in-chief emeritus, UPI
- Martin Townsend, journalist and former editor of the Sunday Express
- Anthony Young, Baron Young of Norwood Green, former deputy general secretary, Communication Workers Union; former governor, BBC; formerly Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Postal Affairs and Employment Relations, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Gayton High School
Harrow High School
- May, Trevor. "The History of the Harrow County School for Boys". Harrow: Harrow County School for Boys, 1975 ISBN 0-9504535-0-1, 199p.
- "Golden Jubilee Book, 1911-1961". Farnham Common: R. G. Baker & Co., 1961, 124p.
- "The Gaytonian: The magazine of the County School, Harrow". 1911-1975.