Harrow appoints new head

Alastair Land has been appointed the 35th headteacher of the nearly 450-year-old school

Alastair Land is the new headteacher of Harrow School and the 35th holder of the post.

Land left his position as headteacher at Repton School, Derbyshire to take up the role.

He was appointed to replace interim head Mel Mrowiec who led the school after the departure of Jim Hawkins. He had previously served as deputy head of Harrow for three years before taking up the post at Repton in 2016.

It has a power that reaches across the UK and globally, and with that comes a responsibility to uphold its legacy, whilst ensuring our boys are prepared for the modern world

On his return to the school, Land pledged to maintain the legacy of Harrow while being “unafraid of forward thinking”.

As part of this approach, Land aims to review the school’s curriculum to focus more on “the skills, dispositions and attributes” needed to succeed in the future. As part of this, the school wants to examine “what it means to be a young man in the 21st century, as well as what it means to be a 450-year-old all-boys school today”.

Land said: “Whilst schools can look similar, their ethos is always inherently different – a combination of the teaching staff, pupils, parental expectations, heritage and local community. Harrow School is an extraordinary phenomenon. It has a power that reaches across the UK and globally, and with that comes a responsibility to uphold its legacy, whilst ensuring our boys are prepared for the modern world.”