The School proactively promotes and safeguards the welfare of students and is concerned about the wellbeing of every member in the School community. In all aspects of pastoral care, the School follows the UK’s Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) standards. The partnership between parents and the School is crucial in enabling students at the School to flourish as learners, people and leaders, and the School seeks to actively engage parents in the pastoral issues relevant to boys and girls as they grow up.
Admissions into boarding
The School offers the option of boarding from Year 6 when students enter the Upper School. In fact, all students from this age, whether day or boarding, become members of a House and have a House Master or House Mistress who takes responsibility for their pastoral care. Boarding is on a weekly basis (Sunday evening to Friday afternoon) and currently over 50% of Upper School students are boarders.
The House structure
There are currently three boys’ and three girls’ Prep School Houses (Years 6 to 8), and three boys’ and three girls’ Senior Houses (Years 9 to 13).
Resident in each House is a House Master or House Mistress, a Resident House Tutor and, in Prep Houses, a Gap Tutor. However, Upper School visiting tutors (all Upper School teachers are members of a House pastoral team and have responsibility for a group of tutees in their House), together with two resident matrons and a day matron, are also very much involved in the supervision and monitoring of activities in the Houses in the evenings and at weekends.
Boarding is available on a weekly basis when students go home on Friday evening, returning by 8.00pm on Sunday evening.
Daily life in the Houses
The personal and organisational skills of boarders develop strongly from the close interaction between students from many different backgrounds living together and managing their daily lives. The school day at Harrow Hong Kong is a long one with academic lessons and extra-curricular activities integrated into the timetable, but students learn to take responsibility for meeting their commitments throughout the day. However, living onsite means there is also time to build relationships formally and informally within the Houses and the School. Students take breakfast, lunch and supper with their House groups in the Dining Hall, where emphasis is laid on manners and the art of proper conversation. The opportunities for enrichment in sports, music, art, drama, other cultural and academic extension activities in enrichment time before and after the formal School day are extensive – and the time usually spent on travel time to and from school, especially in Hong Kong, can be utilised more fruitfully. Boarders do their Prep (homework) in their study bedrooms in the evenings in their Houses, but benefit from the supervision of the House staff and interaction with other students.
In the Prep School Houses, there is a mixture of study bedrooms for 2, 3 and 4 students; in the Senior School Houses, they include single rooms, usually with a shared bathroom, as well as for 2 or 3 students.
Each House has a common room with a variety of facilities in which its residents can relax and socialise. In addition, all boarders share a common room on the ground floor together with an outside patio area in front of the boarding block.
The boarding facility also contains a medical centre where 24-hour medical care is available. Fully qualified members of nursing staff are on duty throughout the day and night.
Facilities such as the sports hall, swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts and music practice rooms are available to boarders out of School hours.