Spear's School Index
Pupils in Years 9-13 are assigned to a Senior House.
Mr Simon Mildinhall
Senior 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 Sandhurst.
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.
Since joining the School, he has established and coordinated the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme which gives him the opportunity to spend more time exploring the great outdoors. Mr & Mrs Mildinhall reside at Harrow International School Hong Kong with a growing number of pets, including their dog Marra and the House mascot, Clemmie the turtle*. Mrs Mildinhal is a Clinical Psychologist, seeing patients on Hong Kong Island. She is also the CEO of Mind HK, a charity that aims to ensure that no one in Hong Kong is facing a mental health problem alone.
Both Mr & Mrs Mildinhall care deeply about pastoral care, and take a particular interest in the mental health of all in Churchill House. In their spare time, Mr & Mrs Mildinhall enjoy keeping active, largely through hiking, and love to travel, having used their time here 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.
*Banks House alumni will remember her as Josephine!
Mr Darren Barker
Senior School House Master, Teacher of History and Teacher of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Mr Barker was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alberta, before moving to McGill University in Montreal where he completed his Bachelor of Education in Secondary History and Geography. Upon moving to London, England, he completed his Master of Arts at Brunel University. His ethos of lifelong learning has led to continued engagement in postgraduate education, including SENCo qualification with the Institute of Education.
Mr Barker has spent the majority of his teaching career at schools in London including Drayton Manor High School, Cranford Community College and Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls as both a Head of Department and Head of Year. Along with teaching in London, he has taught at Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina and Forest Lawn High School in Alberta. His love of travel and history stem from his upbringing in a military officer’s family. In addition to being fully committed to a teaching career, he has been a very successful basketball coach winning multiple league titles and a national title.
Mr Barker is married to Mrs. Georgia Barker, Teacher of Biology, and they have three children, all of whom attend the School.
Mr Robert Powell
Senior School Day House Master and Teacher of Chemistry
Mr Powell studied his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Oxford, with a year of research in organic Chemistry, before completing his teacher training at the University of Manchester. Since then, he has worked at the King David High School, Manchester as a form tutor in both Year 7 and Year 12, before being appointed Head of Year 9. During that role, he was inspired by the challenges and variety of pastoral work in schools and valued the positive and productive relationships formed between pupils, staff and parents.
Mr Powell has shown an interest in travel as a way of learning about new cultures and customs. Some of the highlights of his professional life involved leading Year 9 on a trip to Israel for nine days in 2016, and accompanying Year 12 on a trip to Poland.
Mr Powell joined Harrow Hong Kong in 2016 and was immediately enthused by the rich and varied opportunities offered by the School and Hong Kong. As part of the Banks House Pastoral Team, he has enjoyed working with the pupils, particularly supporting the House with their Drama and Music performances. Living in Hong Kong has enabled him to further pursue interests such as hiking, swimming, travel and international food.
Mr Oliver Paulin
Senior School House Master and Teacher of French
Oliver Paulin grew up in Cambridge, before moving to Manchester where he read European Studies and Modern Languages at University. 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 move abroad. Oliver taught in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Thailand before joining Harrow Hong Kong as House Master of Sun House and teacher of French.
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 trying to revive old glory days on the rugby field.
Oliver and his family welcome you all to Sun House and hope to make everyone feel part of a friendly, supportive and encouraging extended family.
Miss Naina Nightingale
Senior School House Mistress and Teacher of English
Miss Nightingale grew up in Hong Kong before moving to the Cotswolds in England, where she completed her schooling.
Following a gap year in Africa, where she discovered her love of teaching, she read English and Film & Theatre at Reading University. At university she was part of her University Air Squadron, where she learned to fly small aircraft and enjoyed a number of sports and expeditions overseas.
She trained as a secondary English and Drama Teacher at the Institute of Education in London and has been teaching in a London comprehensive for the last five years.
Miss Nightingale is a keen traveller, musician and actress and is passionate about the conservation of animals and the environment.
She is so pleased to be back in Hong Kong after a number of years away and hopes that the girls in Gellhorn House regard it as a home away from home where their interests and talents are valued and nurtured.
Mrs Gillian Nightingale
Senior School House Mistress and Teacher of Physics
Mrs Nightingale completed an honours degree in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield in 2005. She began working in surgical sales for Covidien Healthcare, specialising in cardiac sutures and later hernia repair before moving into education.
Having always had a passion for Physics and a desire to work with children, Mrs Nightingale decided to join the Physics Enhancement Programme at Loughborough University which trained her as a specialist Physics teacher. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in July 2009 and a Master of Science in Science Education in 2014, both at Loughborough University.
Mrs Nightingale's first role of Physics teacher at Nottingham High School for Girls ended in 2011 when her husband’s job secondment took them to Xiamen, China for two years. This experience led Mrs Nightingale to a passion for the exploring the Far East and working with children with ESL.
During her six years at Loughborough High School in England, she worked as a Teacher of Physics and a rotational Head of Years 10 and 11. She was able to pursue her love of winter sports and the outdoors, running a number of European and US ski trips, regularly volunteering with DofE and organising a number of school cross-curricular enrichment weeks. Mrs Nightingale has also had the opportunity to write and produce resources for Kognity, Pearson and Cambridge International publishing groups.
Mrs Nightingale has two children, Alex and Eliza, with her husband James. As a family they are looking forward to promoting a warm and caring atmosphere for all pupils in Keller House.
Ms Lee Collins
Senior School Day House Mistress and Teacher of English and Drama
After finishing her studies at the University of Sydney, Ms Collins worked in schools in London and Cairo and travelled extensively around Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Having spent most of her teaching career in an international setting, Ms Collins is energised by environments where there is a rich diversity of backgrounds and cultures; this is something that she particularly values about living and working in Hong Kong.
Ms Collins joined Harrow Hong Kong in August 2014 as an English and Drama teacher and has directed many of the School’s productions. She feels extremely privileged to teach and work with the School’s creative and imaginative young people both inside and outside the classroom. While passionate about English and Drama, she strongly believes that education should foster young people’s natural desire for adventure, fun and collaboration, and that schools should balance high expectations with supportive structures. As such, she is excited about the opportunity to develop the vibrant and thriving community that has already been established in Wu House. Ms Collins brings to the role six years of pastoral expertise as Head of Key Stage 3 at her previous school, as well as a thorough understanding of the House system at Harrow Hong Kong from her experience as a Tutor in Gellhorn House.
Passionate about theatre and literature, Ms Collins enjoys creating and watching performance based theatre and is an avid reader and writer. She also loves hiking, camping and travel.
Ms Kim Gration
Senior School House Mistress and Individual Needs Teacher
Ms Gration grew up in Gosport on the
south coast of the UK, and attended
Bay House School before completing
a pre-professional Music course at
South Downs College. She studied Music at Oxford University, Magdalen and followed this up with a PGCE in Southampton. After four years of teaching in Portsmouth, Ms Gration taught in Finland for seven years where sledging, skating and skiing were new challenges in the Sports curriculum.
During her time in Finland, she also had a year as a ‘Finnish’ Fulbright Scholar, teaching at the UN School in New York before moving to the Bahamas for some warmer weather and beautiful, clear waters! After four years of island life, she then moved to West Africa, to Luanda International School, Angola, for seven years where she was first a Music teacher and then an IB Curriculum Coordinator.
Ms Gration moved to Harrow Hong Kong with her two children in 2015 as the Whole School Individual Needs Coordinator and is now the founding House Mistress of Anderson House.