Harrow Shanghai is a co-educational school for pupils aged 2-18. Pre-Nursery to Year 10 opened in August 2016 on the newly-developed Sunland project in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, thirty minutes from the centre of Shanghai. In August 2017 the school opened Year 12, for the study of A levels.
Harrow Shanghai is the fourth international school in the Harrow family of schools. They are Harrow School and John Lyon School both in London, and the Harrow international schools in Bangkok (opened 1998), Beijing (opened 2005) and Hong Kong (opened 2012).
At Harrow Shanghai, as with its namesake, Harrow School, and the other Harrow International Schools, pupils are expected to be fully involved in school life and to achieve their best in academic studies, extra-curricular activities and House events. The House is central to pupil life at all the Harrow schools. The Houses at Harrow Shanghai are named after famous alumni from Harrow School in the UK: Byron, Churchill, Rothschild and Shaftesbury.
The curriculum at Harrow Shanghai is based upon the English national curriculum, culminating in IGCSEs for Years 10 and 11, and A levels for Years 12 and 13. However, there is a strong emphasis on an all-round education, and the Harrow Shanghai teachers pride themselves on incorporating in their teaching the very best practices and initiatives from other international curricula. The vast majority of the teaching staff also live in close proximity to the Shanghai campus, so adding to the strong sense of community at Harrow Shanghai.
The surrounding Sunland project is a fully integrated district with commercial, business, residential, recreational zones including a golf course, rugby and tennis clubs, an equestrian centre and a lake providing water sports. All of these facilities and resources are or will be available to pupils and parents at the school.