Vision: Leadership for a better world

The School’s vision is for students at Harrow Hong Kong to develop the motivation, skills and determination to make a positive difference to the world in which they live through leadership in a variety of forms; leading from the front; being an effective team player; and being a positive role model.

Leadership, of course, is a very Harrovian quality and some of the great Old Harrovians such as Winston Churchill, Nehru and King Hussein of Jordan are renowned for providing profound leadership at significant points in modern history. The School defines leadership as making a positive difference through people and strongly believes that leaders are not necessarily born, but they can be made. Leadership for a better world aims to equip and challenge Harrow Hong Kong students to use their knowledge, skills and talents to make life better for other people in their community and the wider world through developing six identified key leadership attributes:

  • Contributing positively to the community
  • Applying knowledge with compassion
  • Solving problems collaboratively
  • Solving problems creatively
  • Making fair and just choices
  • Facing challenges with determination

With input from teachers, students and parents, a social vision statement was generated in May 2015 to outline the expectations of how members of the School community are expected to treat each other.

“A caring, respectful community in which everybody thrives”

This social vision statement goes to the heart of the meaning of the Leadership for a better world attributes and the role modelling of them in the Harrow Hong Kong community, and provides a framework for teachers, students and parents in their interactions with each other.


The School’s mission is to promote the Leadership for a better world attributes through an outstanding education that, in an age-appropriate way from the Early Years to the Senior School, blends elements of philosophy, practice and tradition from Harrow School with an awareness of the cultural context of Hong Kong and the needs of its international community. While inextricably linked together, the key characteristics are:

  • High levels of academic achievement with significant value-added academic performance that culminate, in the Senior School, in first-rate public examination results and entry to top universities across the world.
  • A diverse, high quality Leadership in Action programme that inspires commitment a desire for excellence and a breadth of activities. Distinctively, it includes an extra-curricular activities (ECA) programme that is integrated into the School timetable for all students, supported by opportunities for further enrichment outside the timetable.
  • High quality pastoral care that, with a strong boarding ethos and House system at its heart, promotes an inclusive School community in which its members feel happy, secure and valued, and that places emphasis on the personal formation of character of each student. Supporting this, a bespoke personal, social and health education programme that, in an age-appropriate way, encourages the development of resilient students, who adopt a positive, solution-focussed approach to any challenge.

Harrow Hong Kong aims to embed opportunities for each student to acquire the Leadership for a better world attributes in all aspects of its life, including the types of learning experiences that teachers prepare for students in the classroom, the academic curriculum itself, the Leadership in Action programme, and opportunities to take on leadership roles within and outside the School community.


The School’s mission is underpinned by a moral purpose; to act with integrity and commitment at all times in supporting the development of students to achieve their potential and enabling teaching staff and pupils to achieve outstanding results across a broad curriculum.

Core values lie within this ethos:

  • Aspiration to achieve the highest standards in all that is attempted and to be aware of future opportunities.
  • Awareness to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Compassion to treat other people with tolerance, respect and consideration whether in the School community or in communities beyond the School.
  • Confidence to act courageously with the right convictions.
  • Creativity to realise dreams and possibilities.
  • Determination to engage with opportunities and overcome barriers to reach goals.
  • Enthusiasm to pursue talents and interests with ambition.
Last updated: 19 Sep 2016 11:32