The Contio Latina provides a unique insight into Harrow’s past. Delivered by the Head of School to the Governors in Latin every year, on the second Saturday in November, it reports events of the year at Harrow and in the wider world.

The Contio

The Contio was first delivered in 1674. The School Archive holds copies dating back to 1770 which are now available as a digital resource. The Classics department are working with boys to translate the Contio for the years where no translations exist, and these will be uploaded to the website as they are completed.

Every Contio has been digitally scanned and stored, and the text has been put into a searchable database. Using the search facility, visitors to this site can search by year, Contionator or keyword.

This project has been funded by the Harrow Association, in conjunction with the Harrow School Archive. Access is free for Harrow Association Members, Old Harrovians, current pupils and staff at Harrow School.

To obtain a user name and password, please contact Chelsea Caterer at or Tel: +44 (0) 20 8872 8504.

If you would like more information about the Contio Latina, this website or the Harrow School Archive, please contact the Archivist on