Meet Orley Farm School

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Head of Orley Farm School, Tim Calvey, tells City Kids about creating a lifelong love of learning.

Tim Calvey took over the Headship of Orley Farm School in 2013 having previously been, amongst other teaching positions, Head of Boarding in two previous schools. He believes that at the heart of the Orley Farm experience is the passion in teachers to light fires in the minds of young people that burn for a lifetime! 

Orley Farm has over 500 girls and boys aged 4 to 13 who are receiving an extraordinary educational experience that develops the whole child preparing them for future success.

Orley Farm School was founded in 1850 and is set in 39 glorious acres of playing fields, woodland and meadow situated at the bottom of Harrow on the Hill. We have exceptional classroom facilities and offer a broad and balanced curriculum which includes drama, music, art and technology and sports alongside the more traditional subjects. Our younger children enjoy our creative curriculum which brings subjects and topics together under one main theme every term.  Fulfilment and happiness start with a deep love of learning and over their time with us, through our unique ‘Thinking Skills Programme’, children will develop their resilience, curiosity, empathy, risk-taking, good judgement, creativity, initiative, focus, flexibility of mind and ambition.

We are privileged to be working with young learners at a point where we can ‘hardwire’ key traits and values that we believe are essential to happiness and success in an ever-changing world.  Our 10 Thinking Skills are the bedrock of ‘The Orley Farm Way’ and we have no doubt that we are giving voice to the ambitious, the creative, the curious, the focused, the resilient and the risk takers as they will possess empathy, flexibility of mind, initiative and good judgement in all that they do! 

Our pupils’ wellbeing and happiness is key to their learning. Children need to learn these skills if they are to enjoy a happy and successful adult life.

We are extremely proud of our pupils’ success and their achievements and of the excellent team of staff who help and guide the on their journey of learning.

We always strive to find the right senior school for each individual and last year Orley Farm pupils were awarded 36 Scholarships, including a Queen’s Scholar to Westminster and gained places at 25 different senior schools. Just before lockdown, we were awarded outstanding in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  During the school closures, Orley Farm managed to continue to teach remotely and keep students together in virtual classrooms.

We have an Open Morning on Friday 20th May 2022 at 9.30am – 11.30am. To register, please go to  We are also offering tours on selected Wednesday mornings with the Headmaster.  

Please contact our Registrar on [email protected] for further details.

Orley Farm School, South Hill Avenue, Harrow HA1 3NU

020 8869 7600

Twitter @orleyfarm

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