Digital innovation enables Harrow School to become first leading public school to offer British curriculum to international learners online
LONDON UK 18, SEPTEMBER, 2019 – Pearson, the world’s learning company, has partnered with Harrow School to enable the launch of a new online school, Harrow School Online. Founded on the traditions and academic excellence of Harrow School, the new, co-educational online sixth-form school will open its ‘digital gates’ from September 2019 for international students from all over the world to apply for a place to start their sixth form education in September 2020.
Harrow School Online is for ambitious students aged 16 and over, who have strong English skills and are looking for a prestigious, high-quality British education that suits their lifestyle. Students will be given the opportunity to study virtually for the Pearson Edexcel International A Level examinations. Focusing initially on STEM subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics) and Economics, the school will help prepare students for higher education and employment opportunities of the future.
Pearson 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. Pearson continues to invest in its digital transformation, as it sees the benefits of using technology to increase access to education for more learners across the world.
Using the Pearson platform, students will 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 learner, and regular coaching sessions that will provide them with personalised support and feedback. As well as the focus on academic excellence, the school will also aim 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.
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).
Heather Rhodes, Harrow School Online’s Principal, said: “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. We are pleased to be partnering with Pearson using their expertise in this area to make it a reality. I look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students in September 2020.”
Sharon Hague, head of Pearson Schools in the UK, said: “Pearson is investing in digital innovation and our collaboration with Harrow School builds on our existing leadership in online schooling in the US and worldwide. Through this innovation we are helping export high quality, British curriculum internationally, using technology to increase access to quality education for international learners.”
The news supports findings from Pearson’s newly launched Global Learner Survey, gauging the views of 11,000 learners from across 19 countries. A key finding of the survey noted 76% of learners agreed that more college students will attend school virtually vs. attending a traditional 'bricks and mortar' institution within ten years.
Interest in the online school is expected to come from across the world, particularly in markets such as China, Russia, Nigeria, UAE and Hong Kong, where Harrow School currently sees significant interest.
Harrow School Online is now accepting applications for Academic Year 2020-21 - limited spaces are available. To find out more, request a prospectus and apply, visit: www.harrowschoolonline.org.
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About Harrow School
Harrow School is a full-boarding school in the UK for boys aged 13-18. It was founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I. In 2019 at A-level, approximately one third of grades achieved an A*, while 49% of Pre-U results were D1 or D2 (the highest possible grades). Last year’s leavers will be taking up places at seven of the world’s top 10 universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford and Harvard, with boys also taking up places at six of the eight Ivy League schools including Yale, Princeton and Columbia.