About HIC

Harrow Independent College (HIC) is a specialist sixth form college of Mathematics, Science and Economics, based in the heart of London’s Harrow.

HIC’s mission is to identify the individual needs of learners and satisfy them, to improve their skills and knowledge and achieve their maximum potential.

As a way of development and learning, HIC values:

  • All our students and their individual achievements
  • The commitment and professionalism of our members of staff
  • The highest standards in all that we do
  • Working together to meet the needs of our college and the wider community
  • Effective, efficient and appropriate use of resources
  • Respect, equality and honesty for all


HIC believes that personal attention is the hallmark of a successful college. With this in mind, we have an average class size of six, and we allocate a personal tutor to every student.

The College strives to stimulate independent enquiry and intellectual curiosity and to foster a secure sense of individuality. This is achieved within a framework of sensible discipline based on sound moral values.


Harrow Independent College benefits from a strong, competitive community which fuels student learning, but also from a relaxed relationship between staff and students, based on mutual trust and respect.

The College tailors its teaching abilities to individual student needs. From entry to HIC, the tutors work with each student to build a student plan consisting of negotiated individualised realistic targets alongside a work timetable to best ensure such aspirations are met. HIC has discovered that it is in fact those who struggle in a more traditional school environment who benefit most from such personal profiling and individualised  attention.

As the student progresses at HIC so their ambitions and desires may change. Each week every student has a tutor meeting where the aims of the student plan may be iteratively amended as needed. This process continues until the student exits HIC. Many students are targeting medical schools or high-demand universities and so our target setting on these courses is especially rigorous. The main generalised target of HIC is to enable each students to achieve the outstanding grades they strive for so that they have the ability to enter into Russell Group and other universities.

We never lose sight of the very specific examination needs of each subject. HIC strongly believes examination testing to be integral to ensuring student success. Regular practice is a feature of which HIC is very proud. Students are tested once a fortnight in each subject, covering the previous fortnight’s work. We find that this helps to build their confidence and motivation.

Results are monitored and discussed with students. Concerns at this stage are reported to parents so that constructive conversations can take place between us. However, whilst grades remain the key focus we never forget the importance of gaining a breadth of knowledge across all subject areas.


  • High Standards of education
  • Strong desire to achieve excellence
  • One-to-One student-teacher relationship
  • Small class sizes
  • Quality education yet affordable
  • Highly Qualified & Long Serving Staff
  • Location


We encourage all our students to use the SMART approach to Examinations


to the subject, career ambitions, student-centred Individual Learning plan (ILP) and targeting of most appropriate university


in Marks/Grades


within the student’s control and ability


to the syllabus and exam


target date for completion before the Exam