Pupils in Year 6, 7 & 8 are assigned Prep House. There are six in total; three boys' and three girls'.
Mr Simon Mildinhall
Prep School House Master and Teacher of History
Mr Mildinhall grew up in the East of England, spending his formative years in Essex, moving on to read History at the
University of York (later joined by an MA
at King’s College London), before
attending the Royal Military Academy
After nearly eight years in the British
Army, Mr Mildinhall decided to make the move into teaching. Since doing so, he has taught History and Politics in London, where he was also the head of the School’s Combined Cadet Force and assisted in the provision of outdoor education before moving to Harrow Hong Kong to take over the reins of Banks House. In the last year, he has established and coordinated the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme at the School which gives him the opportunity to spend more time exploring the great outdoors.
Mr Mildinhall and his wife Hannah reside at Harrow with a growing number of pets, including their cat Kingsley and the House mascot, Josephine the turtle. Hannah read Psychology at Oxford, holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCL, and practises on Hong Kong Island. She is also the CEO of Mind HK, an initiative aimed at raising the provisions for all individuals experiencing mental health problems in Hong Kong.
They both care deeply about pastoral care and take a particular interest in the mental health of all of those in Banks House. In their spare time, they enjoy keeping active, largely through hiking, and love to travel, having used their time to visit Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mount Everest to name but a few, as well as experiencing the sights and sounds of the vibrant city that is Hong Kong.
Mr Tim Leverton-Griffiths
Prep School House Master and Teacher of Mathematics
Mr. Leverton-Griffiths grew up in Gloucestershire, England. Being a former member of Mensa, a sports coach and a professional cricketer, he decided that the teaching profession would suit him best; specialising in Science and Sports in his Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Gloucestershire.
Before deciding that international schools were his future, he spent his formative teaching years in traditional English Prep Schools including Kelly College and Truro Prep School, leading Maths, Science, Sport, and child mentoring. Prior to joining Harrow Hong Kong, he was at Repton School, Dubai, for four years where he was Head of Year 6 and taught Mathematics, Science, cricket, and football.
Mr Michael Strickland
Prep School House Master and Teacher of History
Mr Strickland is a graduate in History from the University of Exeter in England, where he also completed a Master's degree focusing on Early Modern and Medieval Studies. Before moving to Hong Kong, he taught at Norwich Cathedral School where he was Master in Charge of Hockey, and then later, Head of History.
Mr Strickland is a very keen sportsman. Having played first team hockey, cricket and rugby at school, it was hockey he decided to pursue at university, club and representative level. Since becoming a teacher, he has fulfilled numerous coaching roles and has led hockey and cricket tours to the Netherlands, Malaysia, and South Africa. He now prefers to play golf and tennis with his family in his spare time, and, as a keen skier, runs the snow sports trip here at the School.
During a successful game of beach cricket, Mr. Strickland met his wife Caroline on the Norfolk coast. Mrs Strickland shares her husband's passion for education and adventure. She writes for Master Investor Magazine and the SCMP, and sits on the board of the Hong Kong Royal Geographical Society. Mr and Mrs Strickland have a young son, Harding, and a daughter named Lily.
Mrs Christine Duffner
Prep School House Mistress and Teacher of Music
A move from the wilds of rural Cumbria to being a Music Scholar in Scotland’s capital gave Mrs Duffner a taste for more exotic locations, which she has retained all her life, so she is delighted to be at Harrow Hong Kong.
From an early age, she was passionate about music and ballet, going on to do a degree in Music and finally to become a Music teacher, which she does with the same huge enthusiasm and passion she has always had.
Her ability to pick up new languages and appreciate new cultures has quickly stood her in good stead in her international posts and an interest in supporting those less fortunate is important to her.
Her own enjoyable experience of boarding at Sixth Form level led her to take up a boarding post in the UK when she started her teaching career. From there, her interest in foreign cultures led her to both boarding and day school posts in Hong Kong, Kuwait and South Korea, before returning to her beloved Hong Kong to take up her present post at Harrow.
Mrs Kate Fox
Prep School House Mistress and Admissions
Mrs Fox graduated from Bristol University with a BSc (Hons) in Biology and then went on to become a qualified lawyer. She worked in the UK as an Intellectual Property lawyer for four years before moving to the education sector.
Over the past 12 years, she has worked in Boarding in Independent Schools in the UK as a House Parent and subsequently at Harrow Hong Kong.
Prior to joining the School, Mrs Fox worked at Foremarke Hall, Repton Preparatory School, Derbyshire where she ran the Boys' House along with her husband Mr Rob Fox.
Mrs Fox joined Harrow Hong Kong six years ago and supported Mr Fox running a Boys' Prep House as well as working in the Admissions Department.
Mrs Helen Cowie
Prep School House Mistress and Teacher of Psychology
Mrs Cowie is very excited to be starting her new role as House Mistress of Parks House. She attended Bedales School as a boarder and is looking forward to returning some of the high quality pastoral care that she received as a young girl.
Being a House Mistress brings together her passion for pastoral and strong organisational skills, which she has previously employed in her roles as Head of Year and House Coordinator. In addition, she has spent time working as a counsellor, Drama coach, Oxbridge mentor and UCAS Coordinator and feels that these skills will also help her to maintain a happy and productive
House environment. She is passionate about helping to guide young people to achieve their full potential, and believes in the holistic framework of education.
Mrs Cowie has an honours degree in English Literature and Drama, and, after gaining her PGCE from Goldsmiths College, London, she began her career in the primary sector, working at Barrow Hill School in St John’s Wood, London. After further study, where she gained a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, she returned to the educational arena. She has spent the last twelve years teaching A-level Psychology at a variety of independent schools in Surrey, England, including City of London Freemen’s, Dunottar School and Surbiton High School. In addition, Mrs Cowie and her husband, Tim, spent time in Australia where she taught Psychology at Camberwell Anglian Girls School in Melbourne. She has a love of Drama and Literature and is a keen photographer.
Mr and Mrs Cowie have a young son who will be starting in Year 2. All three are excited about joining Harrow Hong Kong and welcoming the girls to Parks House.