Scholarships and Bursaries
The scholarship programme at Harrow Hong Kong is intended to provide merit-based financial awards for pupils with gifts in academic work and/or extra-curricular pursuits. The School’s desire to fund scholarships is based on the belief that the education and personal development of all pupils in the School will be greatly enhanced by the presence of talented pupils in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits.
A scholarship is a financial award for excellence and its value will usually be 10% of the School tuition fee. A bursary is a means-tested award for parents who could not otherwise afford the fees. Scholarship awards can be supported by bursary funding to help those who require further financial assistance to take up a place at the School and, therefore, enable the School to draw gifted pupils from all sections of the global community, irrespective of their parents’ financial circumstances. The parents of such pupils will be means-tested annually to determine the level of bursary support required, but it is possible to gain virtually full remission of fees through additional bursary support depending on need. In addition, honorary scholarships with no fee reduction may also sometimes be awarded to pupils in recognition of their achievements in the School.
Most scholarships and bursaries are awarded prior to entry to Harrow International School Hong Kong, and are available from Year 6 upwards.
Information on fees for tuition, boarding and the Capital Levy is available on this website.
There are Academic Scholarships for academic excellence and Outstanding Talent Scholarships for music, art, drama, sport or other talents. These awards are held throughout a pupil's time at the School, subject to annual reviews of satisfactory performance. Pupils may apply for a combination of awards, both academic and outstanding talent.
Scholarships are normally worth 10% of the School tuition fee irrespective of parental income.
All candidates for entry to the School are automatically considered and the decision is made based on information in the application as well as their performance in the admissions tests and interviews. If the information in the application suggests that a prospective pupil may be eligible for an Outstanding Talent Award, a member of the Admissions department will contact you to invite the pupil in.
Academic Scholarships are available to all new applicants to the School in any year group, pupils who are progressing from the Harrow Hong Kong Lower School and those who are already members of the Upper School. Academic Scholarships may be awarded to pupils who show outstanding ability in one or more academic disciplines.
Scholarships are awarded to new applicants based on their performance in the School’s admissions tests, the interview and the reports from their previous school, based on the criteria below. For those applying for entry to the Sixth Form, their GCSE predicted grades will also be taken into account.
Each year at the beginning of the Summer Term, the Principal Deputy Head (Curricular) and the Deputy Head (Academic) review the eligibility of current pupils in the Upper School for possible Academic Scholarship awards based on recommendations from Heads of Department, House Masters and House Mistresses and the Head of Lower School. Such recommendations are made on the following criteria:
- A proven track record of academic achievement, consistently performing at a standard significantly above their peers in one or more subjects showing the following:
- Academic curiosity
- An ability to communicate their ideas cogently
- An ability to develop their own opinions and the flexibility to modify and develop them
- The ability to apply their knowledge to new and unfamiliar problems
- The insight to make connections between different areas of academic study
- A genuine love of learning, evidenced by knowledge and commitment that goes beyond that required by examination specifications
- Taking responsibility for their own learning and showing enthusiasm to constantly seek out new challenges
- The ability and desire to show leadership skills through their approach to academic work, and act as a role model and mentor to other pupils
The level of academic performance in internal assessments, examinations, half term grades and end of term reports will also be considered. The Principal Deputy Head (Curricular) and the Deputy Head (Academic) then make recommendations of possible awards to the Head.
Through their area of expertise, Outstanding Talent Scholars are expected to role model the School’s leadership attributes, and show ability and commitment at a level that sets a ‘bar’ other pupils can aspire to. Pupils who are awarded an Outstanding Talent Scholarship must play an active part in these areas throughout their time at the School to retain their award.
Harrow Hong Kong has a very well-equipped Art Department with facilities for painting, printmaking, sculpture and pottery. The department is open every day for pupils to pursue their interests outside the timetable.
External candidates applying for an Outstanding Talent Scholarship for Art are invited to an interview with the Head of Art once they have satisfied the academic entrance requirements. Candidates should bring a portfolio of their work to be discussed during the interview. External candidates will be expected to show evidence that they can meet the criteria for internal candidates as set out below.
Each year at the beginning of the Summer Term, the Head of Art reviews the eligibility of current pupils in the Upper School for possible Outstanding Talent Scholarships for Art and makes recommendations to Head based on the following criteria:
- Recognised excellence in academic Art classes with abilities considered significantly beyond their peers with wide-ranging work being selected for display in School exhibitions.
- Outstanding creative ability and a desire to push boundaries through experimentation supported by strong observational drawing skills and confidence with a wide range of materials.
- Strong commitment to Art within the wider school through the ECA programme and other opportunities for creation and display of artwork.
- The ability and desire to undertake a leadership role through art-based mentoring of pupils.
Harrow Hong Kong has a thriving Music Department with many pupils playing a leading role in the musical life of the School. The awards are open to both new applicants to the School and current pupils.
External candidates applying for an Outstanding Talent Scholarship for Music will be invited to the School to audition and interview with the Director of Music once they have satisfied the academic entrance requirements. Information about the nature of the audition will be given in advance. In the audition and interview, external candidates will be expected to show evidence that they can meet the criteria for internal candidates as set out below.
Each year at the beginning of the Summer Term, the Director of Music reviews the eligibility of current pupils in the Upper School for possible Outstanding Talent Scholarships for Music and makes recommendations to Head based on the following criteria:
- Outstanding ability in at least one instrument or voice at a standard significantly beyond their peers.
- Proven commitment to the School’s extra-curricular Music programme. Specifically, a Music Scholar should have been a very effective member of a least one ensemble for over a year.
- An evident and genuine love for music, a passion about their own music-making and an interest in the academic discipline of Music Theory.
- The ability and desire to show leadership skills and act as a role model in School ensembles.
In addition to the tuition fee remission, an Outstanding Talent Scholarship for Music may include free tuition in two instruments or one instrument and singing.
Pupils who can demonstrate outstanding talent in one or more sports as well as the character to make a significant contribution to the School’s reputation for excellence in sport may apply for an Outstanding Talent Scholarship for Sports. Awards made for Sport are designed for those with outstanding achievement and promise in at least one sport which is played at Harrow Hong Kong.
External candidates applying for an Outstanding Talent Scholarship for Sports will be invited to an assessment, during which candidates will be asked to demonstrate appropriate skills, and interview with the Director of Sport once they have satisfied the academic entrance requirements. In the interview, external candidates will be expected to show evidence that they can meet the criteria for internal candidates as set out below.
Each year at the beginning of the Summer Term, the Director of Sport reviews the eligibility of current pupils in the Upper School for possible Outstanding Talent Scholarships for Sport and makes recommendations to Head based on the following criteria:
- Outstanding ability in at least one sport at a standard significantly beyond their peers.
- Clear evidence of playing ability at least or very likely to be at Hong Kong national level.
- Representation of the School in at least two core sports throughout the course of the year.
- Strong commitment to all elements of the Elite Sports Mentoring programme.
- The ability to inspire others through their performance and commitment on the field, their attitude on and off the field, a consistent level of enthusiasm in training and an evident desire to contribute to a team ethos and continual personal improvement.
The School offers bursaries to ensure that talented pupils, irrespective of their parents’/guardians’ income, are able to study at Harrow Hong Kong. All prospective pupils are eligible to apply and bursaries can cover up to virtually the whole fee following a means-testing procedure. The Admissions Department should be informed at the application stage if parents would like their child considered for a bursary.
The granting of a bursary is discretionary, but only families with a relatively low household income are likely to receive bursary assistance. In making its decisions, the School considers a wide range of appropriate matters including, but not limited to, parental/guardian income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other matters that are particular to the pupil, such as family circumstances. If parents indicate that they are likely to need bursary support, they will be asked to complete a strictly confidential form in order to assess their financial circumstances and establish the level of assistance that the School believes is required. All bursaries are reassessed annually by means of a newly completed form and disclosure of up-to-date financial circumstances.
All pupils applying for a bursary are expected to satisfy the School’s academic entrance requirements and if the demand exceeds the number available, bursaries are awarded with reference to performance in the Entrance Examinations.
Pupils who receive bursaries may also apply to receive assistance with the funding of ‘extras’ such as uniform, Music instrument lessons and School trips. The award of a bursary does not preclude pupils from holding a scholarship award.