Harrow College is the largest college in the London Borough of Harrow.<ref name="britishCouncil">http://www.educationuk.org/pls/hot_bc/bc_profile.page_pls_profile_details?x=133784075207&y=0&a=0&z=869&p_prof_id=5546&p_lang=31 British Council - Education UK</ref> It opened in 1999 following a merger of two former local colleges, Greenhill College (located in the centre of Harrow Town) and Weald College (10 minutes away in neighbouring town Wealdstone).
Ofsted has reported the college as Outstanding for Social and Educational Inclusion.<ref name="hotcourses">http://www.hotcourses.com/uk-courses/Harrow-College-profile/hc_profile.page_pls_profile_details/16180339/0/z/869/sec_id/1/page.htm Hot Courses Online Course Guide</ref> More than 3,000 full time and 7,000 part time learners come to Harrow College for sixth form and adult courses. Harrow College is also an associate college of Westminster University<ref name="westminster">http://www.wmin.ac.uk/page-189 Westminster University Affiliates</ref> and Middlesex University.<ref name="middlesex">http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/partners/academic/uk.asp Middlesex University - UK Academic Partners</ref>
History and location
Teaching takes place at the Harrow-on-the-Hill campus on Lowlands Road and at the Harrow Weald campus in Brookshill, Harrow Weald. The College also teaches in community locations around the London Borough of Harrow.
In its most recent inspection, Ofsted rated the college as 'good' for overall effectiveness.<ref name="ofstedgrade">http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_reports/download/(id)/113294/(as)/131864_342280.pdf</ref> Ofsted has reported Harrow College as Outstanding for Social and Educational Inclusion. It has been awarded a Centre of Excellence for the Hearing Impaired, which is the only centre of its kind in North West London. The college is also a member of the Westminster Centre of Excellence in Teacher Training (CETT).Template:Citation needed
The college was successfully validated against the Matrix standard for its information, advice and guidance services. It holds the Investors in People quality standard and the Pre School Learning Alliance kite mark.Template:Citation needed
Harrow College provides academic, vocational and occupational courses in its sixth form centre for young people aged 14 to 19 years and a range of vocational, work related, professional and non-professional programmes for adult learners. The college is highly regarded for its ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) courses. The EFL programmes are accredited by the British Council and English UK. The Learning Links programme has set a standard in the communityTemplate:Citation needed for providing courses for students with learning disabilities and difficulties.
The list includes former students of Greenhill College and Weald College.
- Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty
- Tom Fletcher, guitarist in McFly.
- Johann Hari, journalist, former contributor to The Independent
- Matt Lucas, comedian.
- Mark Ramprakash, English cricketer.
- Master Shortie, rapper.
- Paul Staines, political blogger.
- Howard Lamb, Former rugby union player with London Irish. Also represented England 'B' and Under 21's.
Until the credit crunch of 2008, Harrow College was planning to merge the two existing campuses at Harrow-on-the-Hill and Harrow Weald on to one site next to the current Harrow-on-the-Hill campus. The project, which was called One Harrow, ultimately did not happen, thus saving millions of pounds. However, the principal did embark on a series of restructures, all of which involved making key managers and lecturers redundant, thus leaving the 2,000 plus students with fewer than three English lecturers. The new building was meant to provide exemplary learning facilities for the London Borough of Harrow and North West London. The Learning Skills Council was to provide a record £80 million for the One Harrow project;<ref name="BSEE">http://www.bsee.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/4118/Hoare_Lea_appointed_to_Harrow_College.html Building Services & Environmental Engineer Journal Online, 22/3/2007</ref> however, in March 2008, some months before the credit crunch, the LSC was replaced by the Skills Funding Agency.