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Municipal Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Harrow
London borough
Official logo of London Borough of Harrow
Council logo
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Status London borough
Admin HQ Civic Centre
Station Road
Incorporated 1 April 1965
 • Type London borough council
 • Body Harrow London Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader and Cabinet (Labour)
 • Mayor Cllr Asad Omar
 • MPs Gareth Thomas
Bob Blackman
 • London Assembly Navin Shah AM for Brent and Harrow
 • EU Parliament London
 • Total 19.49 sq mi (50.47 km2)
Area rank 270th (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 240,500
 • Rank 62nd (of 326)
 • Density 12,000/sq mi (4,800/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1] 47.5% White British
3.7% White Irish
4.9% Other White
0.7% White & Black Caribbean
0.4% White & Black African
1.0% White & Asian
0.9% Other Mixed
22.0% Indian
2.5% Pakistani
0.6% Bangladeshi
5.5% Other Asian
3.0% Black Caribbean
3.5% Black African
0.5% Other Black
1.4% Chinese
1.9% Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postcodes HA, NW
Area code(s) 020
Police force Metropolitan Police

The London Borough of Harrow /ˈhær/ is a London borough of north-west London, England. It borders Hertfordshire to the north and other London boroughs: Hillingdon to the west, Ealing to the south, Brent to the south-east and Barnet to the east. The local authority is Harrow London Borough Council.


Harrow Urban District was formed in 1934 as an urban district of Middlesex by the Middlesex Review Order 1934, as a merger of the former area of Harrow on the Hill Urban District, Hendon Rural District and Wealdstone Urban District. The local authority was Harrow Urban District Council.

The urban district gained the status of municipal borough on 4 May 1954 and the urban district council became Harrow Borough Council. The 50th anniversary of the incorporation as a borough was celebrated in April 2004, which included a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1965 the municipal borough was abolished and its former area was transferred to Greater London from Middlesex under the London Government Act 1963 to form the London Borough of Harrow. It is uniquely the only London borough to replicate exactly the unchanged boundaries of a single former district. This was probably because its population was large enough. According to the 1961 census it had a population of 209 080, making it the largest local government district in Middlesex.


The presence of Harrow School on the main 'hill' of Harrow has preserved the myth that it is an affluent, leafy area (recent house price averages on the hill were £1,500,000), but the affluence of the hill is now surrounded by typical north-west London suburbia of semi-detached houses and flats.

Some may consider it affluent in comparison to other similar areas of London but more recent studies are proving that there is increasing poverty. Crime figures are low; the borough had 2,618 notifiable offences in April 2009, compared with an average of 2,204 across London's boroughs.[2] Harrow Council is focusing regeneration efforts on areas such as Wealdstone and South Harrow and many new 'key service workers'-type flats are springing up. In the north part of the borough, there is a greenbelt strip of highly affluent housing in the areas of Northwood, Pinner and Stanmore. Its site on and near the greenbelt and ease of access to central London (20 minutes by train to Marylebone and 12 minutes to Euston via London Midland) makes Harrow a good place to live not only for families but affluent singles as well. Rising property prices in all London areas have helped to see a large increase in property redevelopment of its existing Edwardian and 1920s to 1940s housing stock, which in turn is attracting new residents looking for a clean, safe, and relatively green environment to live in, close to central London.

Harrow is considered a borough of "contrasts", with high levels of affluence in such areas Harrow-on-the-Hill, Pinner, and Stanmore and high levels of deprivation in Wealdstone. Save the Children reported in 2011 that over 7,000 children are living in poverty in the Borough.[3]

Harrow is a diverse borough, having 63.8% of its population from the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities, with the largest group being of Indian ethnicity.(Specifically those from Gujarat and South India.) The borough can also claim to have the largest concentration of Sri Lankan Tamils in the UK and Ireland (North Harrow, South Harrow, Rayners Lane) as well as having the highest density of Gujarati Hindus in the UK.[4] According to the 2011 census 25.3% of Harrows population identified as Hindu. Since 2005, on the last Sunday in June Harrow Council hosts Under One Sky - Harrow's largest festival, to celebrate and the joint communities of Harrow. This has a programme of dance, world music, sports activity, youth music, spoken word, free children's activity, a carnival parade, information and stalls, health promotion, a world food zone and outside radio broadcast. Harrow is the most religiously diverse local authority area in the UK, with a 62% chance that two random people are from different religions, according to Office for National Statistics, October 2006.[5] A large number of Jewish people live in Stanmore and Hatch End. The Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue boasts the largest membership of any single synagogue in the whole of Europe.[6]

As per the 2011 census, Harrow has a larger than average Jewish, Hindu and Muslim population.

Religion Harrow
Christianity 37.3 59.4
Hinduism 25.3 1.5
Islam 12.5 5.0
Judaism 4.4 0.5
No religion 9.6 24.7
Religion not stated 15.4 7.2

Arts and culture

The first and only contemporary artist-led gallery in Harrow was set up in 2010 by the Usurp Art Collective. The space is called the Usurp Art Gallery & Studios and is based in West Harrow, a bohemian part of Harrow. Usurp Art provides professional support to artists and runs the only public artists studios in the borough. It is a flagship project for Arts Council England. [7] [8] [9] [10]


Curvy Kate has its headquarters in Unit 1 of the Hawthorn Centre in Harrow within the borough.[11]

Sport and leisure

The London Borough of Harrow has three non-League football clubs: Barnet F.C., who moved to The Hive Stadium from the borough of Barnet in 2013, Harrow Borough F.C. who play at Earlsmead Stadium and Rayners Lane F.C. who play at the Tithe Farm Social Club. Five of the 30 cricket clubs which play in the Middlesex County Cricket League are based in the London Borough of Harrow: Harrow, Harrow St Mary's, Harrow Town, Kenton and Stanmore. Hatch End Cricket Club previously played at Shaftesbury playing fields in Hatch End but moved to Elstree in 2011.


Harrow is divided into 21 wards, each represented by three councillors on Harrow London Borough Council. After the most recent council elections, the borough was controlled by the Labour party, but following a split in that group it fell under No Overall Control, with the newly formed Independent Labour Group as the governing group.[12] The number of councillors are as follows: Conservative 25, Labour 25, Independent Labour 9, Independent 3, Liberal Democrat 1.[13]


The borough is often perceived as having a good educational record, and features many state-funded primary and secondary schools as well as a handful of large tertiary colleges. For a long time the secondary schools of Harrow did not feature integrated sixth-form education, with all school leavers having to join the large tertiary colleges such as Harrow College, Stanmore College or St Dominic's Sixth Form College. There have been critics of the tertiary colleges, with many arguing the standard of education does not continue the standard set by the Borough's secondary schools. Indeed, Harrow suffers a significant number of pupils leaving the Borough for their tertiary education. However, as of 2005-2006 session, select Harrow secondary schools introduced sixth forms in the hope to retain more of the pupils and to provide them an alternative to the large tertiary colleges. From September 2010, the primary sector will be modified to enable transfer to secondary education at age 11 in line with other London Boroughs.[14]

The Borough has a Music Service which provides instrumental tuition for 15% of all Harrow state sector pupils (the national figure is 8% of all state pupils receiving instrumental tuition) and a range of ensemble opportunities for pupils.[15]

The independent schools of the Borough are dominated by the presence of Harrow School and John Lyon School for boys and North London Collegiate School and Heathfield School, Pinner for girls,[16] which consistently rank as among the best schools in the country. Notable independent primary schools include Orley Farm School and Reddiford School, both of which are co-educational.

There are also a number of voluntary aided schools in the Borough. These include: Salvatorian College (Roman Catholic, Boys), Sacred Heart Language College (Roman Catholic, Girls) and Moriah Jewish Day School (Jewish, Co-ed).

There are two special needs high schools; Kingsley High School (Co-ed) and Shaftesbury High School (Co-ed).

Other state secondary schools in the London Borough of Harrow are: Bentley Wood High School (Girls); Canons High School (Co-ed); Harrow High School (Co-ed); Hatch End High School (Co-ed); Nower Hill High School (Co-ed); Park High School (Co-ed); Rooks Heath College(Co-ed); Whitmore High School (Co-ed).

Middle schools include Whitchurch Middle School.

GCSE examination performance
School A*-C Pass Rate
A*-C Pass Rate
A*-C Pass Rate
English Baccalaureate
Pass Rate
A*-C Pass Rate
English Baccalaureate
Pass Rate
Bentley Wood High School 59% 58% 61% 30% 69% 36%
Canons High School 49% 46% 54% 2% 52% 12%
Harrow High School 52% 43% 31% 5% 35% 3%
Hatch End High School 51% 59% 55% 24% 49% 20%
Nower Hill High School 68% 57% 79% 27% 78% 16%
Park High School 66% 72% 66% 15% 71% 23%
Rooks Heath College 37% 42% 52% 11% 48% 12%
Sacred Heart College 76% 86% 77% 53% 84% 59%
Salvatorian College 67% 67% 74% 27% 73% 26%
Whitmore High School 65% 64% 60% 35% 70% 40%
Average for London Borough of Harrow 57.7% 60.8% 60.7% 22.6% tba tba
Average for England 47.6% 50.7% 55.2% 15.1% tba tba
  • The table on shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, for state schools in the London Borough of Harrow
  • The rightmost column shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, in five core subjects - maths, English, two science qualifications, a foreign language and either history or geography.
Pupil Exclusions 2007/2008

The London Borough of Harrow has one of the highest pupil exclusion rates in Greater London, coming second to the London Borough of Croydon.

School No. of Permanent Exclusions   School No. of One-term Exclusions
Nower Hill High School 0   Bentley Wood High School 68
Bentley Wood High School 1   Canons High School 68
Harrow High School 1   Nower Hill High School 70
Rooks Heath High School 3   Park High School 71
Whitmore High School 4   Whitmore High School 75
Park High School 4   Salvatorian College 87
Salvatorian College 5   Harrow High School 135
Hatch End High School 10   Rooks Heath High School 161
Canons High School 11   Hatch End High School 230

Note: The figures for Sacred Heart High School are not included.

Source: Harrow Observer[18] The London Borough of Harrow claim that these are the latest figures available.

All of Harrow's pupils have the chance to be elected onto the Harrow Youth Parliament. This is a group of around 50 young people in the Borough who come together to work on projects that benefit other young people. They are also the official youth voice for the Council and are in constant communication with the Council on all youth matters.

Notable residents


Population 215,000 -
Households 83,000 -
Violence against the person 18.6 15.0
Sexual offences 0.9 0.9
Robbery offences 2.5 1.0
Burglary dwelling offences 7.4 4.3
Theft of a vehicle offences 2.6 2.3
Theft from a vehicle offences 7.4 6.3

Districts and postcodes


In April 2009, a full council meeting voted unanimously to support in principle the proposed North and West London Light railway (NWLLR). Harrow would benefit because all its radial Underground and main-line railway routes would be interconnected by this light-rail system, even though it would not actually pass through the borough.[19]

London bus route 32, 79, 92, 107, 114, 140, 142, 182, 183, 186, 204, 223, 251, 258, 282, 288, 292, 302, 303, 324, 340, 395, 398, 487, H9, H10, H11, H12, H13, H14, H17, H18, H19, night route N5, N18 and N98.

The numerous National Rail, London Overground and London Underground stations in the borough are:

See also


External links

  • Harrow Council
  • Harrow Borough F.C.
  • road running club)
  • Old Salvatorians (unofficial)


Coordinates: 51°34′N 0°20′W / 51.567°N 0.333°W / 51.567; -0.333

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