Welcome to Canons High School

Hello, and welcome to the Canons High Website.

We are an extremely vibrant, multicultural school in Harrow, NW London and are very proud to serve a comprehensive intake of students who make fabulous progress and achieve highly in their time with us.

In 2010 and 2013, the excellent work of our staff, our students, their families and the wider community was recognised by Ofsted as being outstanding.  In 2014 the Department for Education recognised our leading work in staff development and the quality of teaching by designating Canons High as one of only 500 Teaching Schools across the country.

At Canons, we pride ourselves on the training and development of all our staff so that students are taught effectively and supported within and beyond the classroom to the highest levels.  School leaders at all levels are well-equipped to use their professional judgment and a wide range of information to challenge and engage all students to achieve success, identify underachievement, act upon it and help students get back on track.  We offer a well-balanced two year KS3 programme that enables students to enjoy very high levels of success in their GCSE exams, which begin in Year 9.  Students also have the opportunity for enrichment courses that allow them to go beyond the confines of academic qualifications and follow their dreams.  

This wonderful provision ensures that students make progress that is better than the vast majority of schools, and that many of our GCSE, BTEC and A-Level courses have extremely high pass rates. Students with special educational needs, those from deprived backgrounds and those with very high levels of achievement at primary school all make exceptional progress, with over 90% of our A-Level students securing places at University.  

Just as importantly to us, students leave Canons High School with a keen sense of right and wrong, a commitment to going above and beyond what is expected of them, a willingness to help others and the confidence to be helped by others.  In short, they leave as fully-rounded and very likeable human beings who constantly challenge themselves to be better at everything they do.  It is a pleasure to work with these students on a daily basis, and to work with the staff who create the conditions in which they can thrive. 


Keven Bartle


Canons High School






Canons High School one of the best in the country for student progress at GCSE


Canons High School has received national recognition for the value it adds to students’ achievements at GCSE.


SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified Canons High School’s success. 


The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.


The school has been invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT at Holland Park School in London on 12 May.


Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:


‘Canons High School should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope they will join us at the celebration evening for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.


‘These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Canons High School, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.’


Ofsted judge Canons High School ‘Outstanding’ in all categories


We were judged ‘Outstanding’ in all categories following our latest Ofsted inspection on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 2013

                                Overall effectiveness:         Outstanding:1

                                Achievement of pupils:      Outstanding:1

                                Quality of teaching:           Outstanding:1

                                Behaviour and safety:        Outstanding:1

                                Leadership & management: Outstanding:1

The new Ofsted framework is incredibly rigorous and schools are given just half a day’s notice. To be graded ‘Outstanding’ means that outstanding student progress, together with high quality teaching and learning happens at our school every day and over a number of years.








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