Harrow International School Hong Kong is located in the Gold Coast area of the New Territories and its pupils come from a wide catchment area over the majority of Hong Kong.
It is accessed by road by the majority of its day pupils via Castle Peak Road, which connects to Tuen Mun, and then Tsing Ying Road.
Castle Peak Road can experience significant amounts of traffic congestion, especially on weekday mornings, and as the local area undergoes further development and population growth over the next few years; parents, pupils and members of staff in the Harrow Hong Kong community share responsibility with other road users in the local area for the safety and efficiency of the road system in the area. The School will continue to work with the HKSARG Transport Department to investigate short, medium and long-term structural measures to enhance traffic efficiency in the local area.
The School encourages its day pupils whenever possible to take its bus service run by City Motors to travel to and from the School in order to make an effective contribution to alleviating traffic congestion in the local area as well as keeping daily traffic flow in, around and out of the School campus manageable as the School roll grows. Equally, it has implemented other measures to help in managing the number of vehicles which need to access the School campus.
The School’s bus service has been provided by City School Bus Service Limited since 2012. City School Bus Service Limited operates routes to and from Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Discovery Bay, Gold Coast, Siu Lam, Tuen Mun etc. Approximately 600 pupils (including Weekly Boarders) currently use this bus service for travel to and from the School. The buses are equipped with appropriate seat belts and each bus has its own adult supervision.
The School’s Bus Coordinator, Ms. Marianna Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org), liaises with City School Bus Service Limited on the day-to-day running of the bus service and handles individual queries from parents. Questions about the service more generally, the fees and the routes should be addressed to City Motors via telephone on +852 3912 9626, or email at email@example.com.
All new pupils are required to use the School bus service. Only new pupils in the younger age groups (Year 6 or below) who live in areas without access to the School bus service will be able to apply for a car permit.
No car is allowed to enter the School campus without a car permit, for which parents are required to apply to the Director of Operations in advance of each academic year.
Parents of pupils in Year 7 and above, who do not have siblings in Year 6 or below, are not issued with morning car permits; their children must use either the School bus service or drive to one of the School’s shuttle bus transit locations by private car (see below) for their children to take a shuttle bus to the School.
Parents of existing pupils in Year 6 and below who are non-bus users were requested to apply for a car permit for the 2017-18 academic year before 30 June 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.
From September 2017, parents of current and new school bus users in the afternoon will not be issued with afternoon car permits. If day pupils need to be picked up after post-enrichment programmes or any other after school activities, parents will need to register at the gate before entering the School in advance.
An online directory has been developed that can be accessed through the School’s Parent Portal to encourage car-pooling by parents and enables them to get in contact with other parents living in their local area.
SHUTTLE BUS TRANSIT LOCATIONS
Since August 2016, the School has been running morning shuttle buses to the School for private car users from three transit locations at:
- View Point near Tsing Ma Bridge
- Siu Lam Flea Market (first stop) and Golden Beach (second stop)
- Sam Shing Estate, Tuen Mun
The selection of locations has taken into consideration the local traffic situation and the geographical location of pupils.
STAGGERED ARRIVAL AND PICK-UP TIMES FOR PARENTS DRIVING CARS WITH PERMITS
Parents with children only in the Early Years must arrive after 8.00am and pick up pupils before 2.15pm.
Parents with children only in the Pre-Prep School must arrive before 8.00am and pick up pupils before 4.10pm.
Parents with children only in the Upper School must arrive before 7.40am and pick up pupils before 5.10pm.
Boarders should be picked up on Fridays before 5.30pm. No vehicles should arrive and queue at the gates before these times and no waiting in the School campus is allowed when vehicles drop off and pick up pupils. The School may withdraw car permits if vehicles breach these important rules.
PARKING ALONG TSING YING ROAD
No cars are allowed to queue on Tsing Ying Road before pupils’ respective dismissal times. Any cars arriving early should either wait at the Cafeteria Beach or Golden Beach Public Car Park. The School may withdraw car permits from cars which queue on Tsing Ying Road before the dismissal times without any prior warning.