Getting good GCSE results is an important base for any young person as they begin a chosen career path.
So while results have not plummeted in the borough this year,schools should keep a close eye on the small decline in pass rates.
As a local authority,Harrow may continue to be one of the best performing in the country.
One or two percent may not seem like a real problem but we cannot become complacent and allow this slide to continue.
Harrow High School allowed this gradual decline, leaving it on the brink of closure, but it has proved this year that work can be done to turn things around.
So let's hope this minor blip will be addressed in a similar manner and standards of results are maintained across Harrow.
A designer opportunity
NO ONE wants to see Harrow become an identikit town centre with boring buildings and a lack of infrastructure. That's why Harrow Council should not look a gift horse in the mouth after a group of architects founded the Harrow Architects' Forum to use their collective expertise to influence planning policy.
Councillors should not pass over this opportunity,given the authority's stretched staff and the obvious enormous public concern surrounding the town centre.
It must be recognised that the forum is not simply opposing development in Harrow out of any sense of nimby-ism or resistance to change but will offer informed suggestions and solutions.
Given that the future of the town centre will be governed by what is built on a small number of large sites, the community needs all the help it can to get it right, as we may not get a second chance.