Prep Houses

Pupils in Year 6, 7 & 8 are assigned Prep House. There are six in total; three boys' and three girls'.

Boys' Prep Houses


Mr Oliver Paulin 
Prep School House Master and Teacher of French

Oliver Paulin grew up in Cambridge, moving to Manchester for Sixth Form and university, where he read European Studies and Modern Languages.

After completing his PGCE he moved to France, where he worked and taught for four years. Returning to the UK, Oliver worked in Milton Keynes for a number of years teaching French and German before he and his family decided to teach abroad, working in Saudi Arabia and as Housemaster in South Korea and Thailand before joining Harrow Hong Kong.

Oliver is joined by his wife, Valérie, who is also a languages teacher, and their two children, Leo and Laura. They are all looking forward to exploring Hong Kong and the surrounding regions. Outside of school Oliver tries to keep fit and is an enthusiastic cyclist, as well as every now and then trying to revive old glory days on the rugby field.

Oliver and his family welcome you all to Banks House and hope to make everyone feel part of a friendly, supportive and encouraging extended family.


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. Michael StricklandMr 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.

Girls' Prep Houses


Ms Kirsty Lowery
Prep School House Mistress and Teacher of Science

Ms Lowery grew up in the North East of England in the small coastal town of Seaham in County Durham. At university she read a joint honours in Chemistry and Biochemistry. After graduating she studied for a PGCE Science at the University of Nottingham.

She is a very experienced teacher, having taught in a variety of schools in the UK holding a number of positions including Head of Department and several pastoral roles.

The majority of Ms Lowery’s career has been in the North West of England but in 2008 she returned to her home town teaching in Durham where she was Director of International Students. Working alongside students who had travelled from all over the world for a good education gave Ms Lowery the inspiration to seek employment overseas taking up the role of Housemistress in a British Boarding School in Malaysia.

Ms Lowery loves to travel. She has been to some great countries and places over the years but her holidays usually encompass some kind of wildlife theme. She is very enthusiastic about animal welfare and the threat to survival of species. Ms Lowery has two beautiful black Labradors, Errol and Flynn who live in the UK with her mother while she is teaching overseas.

In her spare time Ms Lowery likes to decorate cakes. She had her own business (alongside teaching) back in the UK decorating celebration cakes for all occasions. Now this is just a hobby. 


Mrs Holly De Vies
Prep School House Mistress and Teacher of  Biology

Born in Leicester, in the English Midlands, Mrs De Vies spent the majority of her life living in the Leicestershire countryside, residing in both Loughborough and Long Whatton.

Having always had a passion for travel, she opted to study at Aston University, Birmingham as it provided the opportunity for an international placement year. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biology and English and spent a year working as a teaching assistant at The British International School of Kuala Lumpur. In Malaysia she met her husband, Theo, who was also working as a teaching assistant and here they were inspired to pursue careers in teaching.

With a Biology specialism, she completed her Science PGCE at Loughborough University and spent four years as a Biology Teacher at Loughborough High School, England. In her final two years there, she took a leadership role as Hastings House Mistress.

Mr and Mrs De Vies joined the Harrow community in 2016 as a Teacher of Biology and Year 5 Teacher respectively. 

As a couple, they love to travel and spend their free time exploring Hong Kong and Asia. At the moment they are working on an ambitious travel goal: to visit 80 countries by 2020. In addition, they are both very active. Mrs De Vies is a keen runner and can usually be found on the Maclehose training for her next race, whilst Mr De Vies plays rugby for the Typhoons RFC and football in a local league.

In April 2019 Mr and Mrs De Vies were married in Koh Samui, Thailand. They are both absolutely delighted to be House Parents and are excited by their new challenge. They are looking forward to offering the Nightingale girls a smooth and fun-filled transition into the Upper School.


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.