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A brief history of Hatch End High School in Harrow

Hatch End High School is one of the most popular and widely known schools in Harrow.

Praised by Ofsted for it’s ‘welcoming and inclusive’ ethos, the school continues to be one of the best high schools across the borough with a consistently good rating.

To look back at the school and its history, you have to travel back to when the school first opened it’s doors in 1948. Back then, the school went by its original name – Blackwell School. Throughout the 1950’s, the school continued to flourish and the Great Hall, which current and former students will know is where all assemblies and school productions are held, was constructed in 1953. The Hall boasts an impressive theatre-style outlay and has a capacity of over 500 seats making it a popular venue for other local events as well as school activities.

In 1974 the school officially become known as Hatch End High School after Blackwell School was renamed. Following the renaming, the school continued to build upon its already large grounds with the construction of an outdoor swimming pool in the 1980’s and large gyms for both boys and girls. The pool was eventually replaced with an astro-turf football pitch in more recent years.

The school made the news 1n 1995 when it was revealed to be the filming location for the BBC1’s children’s television show – The Demon Headmaster. The show aired in 1996 and starred Terrence Hardiman and Tessa Peake-Jones, widely known for he role as Raquel in Only Fools and Horses. At the time, pupils from the school were invited to take part in the show as extras and were invited for special viewings of the show before it was aired on television.

Another notable event came in 2004 when Hatch End High School constructed their Roundhouse – a special music and drama studio specifically designed to host performing arts and help establish creative students.

In 2006 the school established its Sixth Form for students, officially opened by Gareth Thomas MP in 2010 as a brand new building, the Sixth Form was only available to 90 students in its inception, but is proud to host 300 each year now as of 2022. The school also opened it’s doors to year 7 students the same year.

In 2014, Hatch End Radio Studio opened and allowed students to host a radio station during their breaks. The show is known for winning a world record for the ‘Longest Marathon Radio Show (Team)’, by staff members Richard Parker and Chris Firth which lasted for an incredible 74 hours!.

In 2018, the Great Hall underwent a major refurbishment, upon its reopening, former staff, and pupils dating back to it’s early Blackwell School days returned for a special night of celebration in what was described as ‘a very special occasion in Hatch End High’s history’.

Notable pupils at Hatch End High School who lived in Harrow over the years include, football players Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace), Jerome Thomas (ex Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion), actor Philip Glenister, Gareth Thomas MP and singer Loick Essien.

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