Harrow International School Hong Kong

Harrow International School Hong Kong (Chinese: 哈羅香港國際學校) is a British international boarding and day, all-through school in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. When it opened in September 2012, it became the first British boarding school in Hong Kong. It was also the third in the Harrow family of schools in the Asia region in association with Harrow School and The John Lyon School in London. The School provides a British independent style of education from Early Years to Y13.

Harrow International School Hong Kong
Harrow International School Hong Kong
Harrow International School Hong Kong
38 Tsing Ying Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Coordinates22.376418°N 113.99087899999995°E / 22.376418; 113.99087899999995
TypeIndependent, international, day and boarding school
MottoLeadership for a better world
Head teacherMs Ann Haydon
Years offeredEarly Years (K1 & K2) to Y13
Age range3–18
Enrolment1,180 (for the academic year 2016–17)
Campus size37,000 sqm
SongAmong the Pillars, A Thousand Voices, May Fortune Reign, New Harrow
Harrow International School Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese哈羅香港國際學校
Simplified Chinese哈羅香港国际学校


The School is built on the site of a former army barracks,[1] in So Kwun Wat,[2] Tuen Mun District in the New Territories.[1] The land was allocated by the Hong Kong government in late 2009.[3]

The school

Student composition

The Lower School begins in the Early Years Centre for students aged 3 and the Upper School ends for students in Y13 aged 18. The student body is very diverse and currently includes 35 different nationalities. The student mix of the School more than fulfils its agreement with the EDB that at least 50%[4] of its admissions will be non-local students who are eligible to study in Hong Kong. The School looks to admit students with the aptitude, ability and personality to thrive in and contribute to its community and the distinctive education it provides. The admissions process has a clear timeline, but applications are considered from strong applicants after the published deadlines, subject to places being available, if they are from overseas and do not have a place in a school in Hong Kong.

Teaching staff

As of August 2016, the School has 140 teachers and teaching assistants. The majority of the teachers are British; with experience in British independent and state schools, and international schools.[5]

School structure

The School is divided into five phases of progression under the umbrella of the Lower School (up to and including Y5) and the Upper School (Y6-Y13).

  • The Early Years (K1 and K2) follows the English-based ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ Curriculum.
  • The Pre-Prep School (Y1 to Y5) follows the English-based ‘National Curriculum of England (2014)’.
  • The Prep School (Y6 to Y8) offers a skills-based curriculum based on the National Curriculum designed to manage the transition from the homeroom environment in the Pre-Prep School to the more subject-specific environment in the Senior School.
  • The Senior School (Y9 to Y11) curriculum is based on IGCSE courses studied over three years.
  • The Sixth Form (Y12 to Y13) curriculum is based on A-level courses studied over two years, together with the Extended Project Qualification and the School's own Harrow International Perspectives course.

Teaching media

English is the inclusive language of the classroom, playground and boarding Houses for all students irrespective of their mother languages. In addition to English, all students have the option of studying other languages: Mandarin, French and Spanish.

In June 2018 the administration of Harrow Hong Kong decided to only teach simplified Chinese in its kindergarten and primary school Mandarin classes, even though the territory it is located in uses traditional Chinese, on the basis that Hong Kong's environment will be different when 2047, the scheduled end of the special administrative region period, occurs. The school maintained its course despite controversy occurring in Hong Kong.[6]

Extra-curricular activities

A varied extra-curricular programme is an essential part of a Harrow education and, distinctively in Hong Kong a significant part of it is integrated into the School day for all students from Y1 to Y13. Through activity option choices and a number of core activities that take place within the timetable, as well as in enrichment time after 5.15pm for boarders, the extra-curricular activities programme aims to develop skills associated with service, charity, teamwork, creative expression, leadership and challenges through a wide range of team and individual sports, music, art, drama, cultural and academic extension activities. For example, Harrow Hong Kong has competed in the International History Bee and Bowl Championships[7] since its inception in Hong Kong in 2014, and it won the 2016 Hong Kong History Bowl Championships for both the Junior Varsity and Middle School Divisions.


The School offers the option of boarding from Y6 when students enter the Prep School. Just over 50% of students in the Upper School board, but all students, whether day or boarders, are members of a House and have a House Master or House Mistress who takes responsibility for their pastoral care. The boarding Houses provide rich opportunities for interacting with students from a wide range of backgrounds; there are currently three boys’ and three girls’ Prep Houses (Y6 to Y8), and four boys’ and four girls’ Senior Houses (Y9 to Y13).

The campus

The campus features a variety of buildings and facilities:

Astro turfLearning loungeScience laboratories
Boarding HousesLibrarySpecialist art, music and drama facilities
Dining hallLower SchoolSports hall
Early Years CentreMulti-purpose roomsUpper School
Indoor swimming poolRecording studio

Scholarship and bursary

The School makes available merit-based financial awards for students who are gifted in academic work and/or extra-curricular pursuits where outstanding talent is evident. The aim of the scholarship and bursary programme is to enable the School to draw gifted students from all sections of the global community, irrespective of their parents’ financial circumstances. With bursary supplementation, virtually full remission of fees is available depending on need. Scholarships are available from Y6.[8]

UK governance

The School operates under an agreement with the Governors of Harrow School in the UK. Two Governors from the Harrow School Board of Governors in the UK are members of the Governing Body; they attend its meetings and visit the School in Hong Kong three times a year to ensure quality control and guidance from the Harrow family.

Parent involvement

The Friends of Harrow is an association of parents and teaching staff that provides practical support for and assists with additional opportunities to enhance the educational experience for the students and promotes and extends productive relationships within the School community. Its committee and sub-committees have successfully organised external speakers, work placements and Career Fairs for students, as well as major charity fund-raising events.

In addition, each term there are meetings of the Parent Governors consultation group, the Lower School Class Parent, Prep School House and Senior School House Parent committees, in which parent representatives discuss matters of School policy and procedures with members of the senior management. Parent representatives also sit on two focus groups: the Food Committee and the Transport Committee.

Individual needs support

The School has a full-time Psychologist, Individual Needs Coordinator and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Coordinator.

Student achievements

University Destinations and Public Examination results

Harrow Hong Kong Leavers have been highly successful in gaining places at top universities on competitive courses. In 2016, many of the Year 13 leavers have already confirmed their places at university, with the majority going to the UK. Places accepted and confirmed[9] so far include Cambridge University, Oxford University, London School of Economics. Outside the UK, places have so far been accepted at the University of California, Berkeley; The Hong Kong University; and at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.[10]

  • A-levels

49 students in Year 13 received 172 A-level grades in examinations in 14 subjects. Seven students received 4A*. Of the grades achieved by the Year 13 cohort, 38.4% were A* grades, 74.8% were A*-A, and 89.9% were A*-B.

Total number of students in Y1349
Students with four A* grades7
Students with three or more A* grades13
Students with two or more A* grades22
Students with four or more A*-A grades19
Students with three or more A*-A grades30

58 students in Year 11 received 600 grades in IGCSE examinations taken in 20 subjects. Of the grades achieved by the Year 11 cohort, 60.0% were A*, 85.2% were A*-A, and 97.5% were A*-B. No grades below C.

Total number of students in Y1158
Students with 11 or more A* grades4
Students with 9 or more A* grades15
Students with 7 or more A* grades23
Students with 5 or more A* grades42
Students with 9 or more A*-A grades37
Students with 7 or more A*-A grades51
Students with 5 or more A*-A grades57

School publications

  • "The Hong Kong Harrovian"[11]
  • "Scientific Harrovian"[12]

Capital certificates and debentures

Capital Certificates and Debentures do not guarantee an entry to the School. Individual Capital Certificates and Individual Debentures are refunded if the applicant fails to get through the assessments.

The school planned to expand its school building for new facilities. Some parents felt a lack of consultation when the school announced to increase the annual capital levy by HKD10000 to non-debenture holders and issue new capital certificates at HKD5million.

See also


  1. Roland Lim Harrow Hong Kong to open in Aug 2012 14 April 2010 Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 1 May 2012
  2. Chong, Dennis (4 September 2012). "Harrow International School opens to first intake of pupils in Tuen Mun". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 22 August 2016. – print title: "Staggered start catches out Harrow School pupils"
  3. "Greenfield sites allocated for international school development". www.info.gov.hk.
  4. "LEGCO paper LC Paper No. CB(2)2409/08-09(01)" (PDF). Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  5. http://www.harrowschool.hk/teachingstaff.aspx
  6. Su, Xinqi (6 June 2018). "Harrow Hong Kong sticks to its guns over controversial switch to simplified characters only in Chinese lessons". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 7 July 2018. - print title: "institute defends language decision"
  7. http://www.harrowschool.hk/news/harrown16616.aspx
  8. "Scholarships and Bursaries". Harrow International School Hong Kong.
  9. "Exam results". Harrow International School Hong Kong.
  10. "Harrow International School's outstanding examination results". South China Morning Post Education Post.
  11. "Harrow Hong Kong The Harrovian Issue 8". Issuu. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  12. "The Scientific Harrovian - Issue 1, June 2016". Issuu. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
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