Senior Houses

Pupils in Years 9-13 are assigned to a Senior House.

  • Churchill
  • Peel
  • Shaftesbury
  • Sun

Mr Simon Tyley
Senior School House Master, Teacher of Physical Education and Teacher of Economics

Mr Simon Tyley was born in Hong Kong and spent his formative years at boarding school in the UK before reading Economics at Durham University.

Mr Tyley left Durham and joined the Teach First programme before moving into the Independent School sector, where he has held a number of positions including Head of Department and Housemaster. Having always wanted to return to Hong Kong, he moved back in 2015 with his wife. Mr Tyley took up a position as Head of House at Kellett School whilst Hannah Tyley began teaching at Harrow International School. Mrs Tyley still works at Harrow as Assistant Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of History, and Mr Tyley is excited now to be moving on to Churchill House at Harrow. Mr Tyley teaches PE and Economics, and enjoys the variety that teaching both subjects can bring. He is looking forward to being back in a boarding environment.

Beyond teaching, Mr Tyley can usually be found trail running, (or hiking when the humidity rolls in!) or planning his next ski trip.

Mr Dominic Berner
Senior School House Master, Teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Mr Berner was raised in London, and attended Ampleforth College, a global and prestigious boarding school in North Yorkshire. Prior to University, he spent six months teaching English and working in pastoral care at San Lorenzo School in Santiago, Chile. Mr Berner was awarded a Bachelor of  Arts in Theology at the University of Durham, before subsequently completing his Postgraduate Certificate of Education at Bangor University in Wales.

Mr Berner has spent the majority of his teaching career in an all-boys environment, most recently at Loughborough Grammar School. Here he played a lead role in promoting character education in teenage boys, as well as leading in several areas of the school.

In addition to his teaching career, Mr Berner has worked for a Minister of Parliament at Westminster. This led to a role at the Football Association at Wembley where he was responsible for Public Affairs and International Relations.

Mr Berner is entering his fifth year at Harrow Hong Kong, and is moving from his position as Assistant Housemaster in Sun House, recently completing a BSA Advanced Certificate in boarding practice.

Mr Berner is a keen sportsman, having raced in several Ironman triathlons in Europe and Asia. Most recently he completed Hong Kong’s very own Maclehose Trail within 24 hours. 

He is delighted to be joining Peel House with his wife Lauren Berner, who is Deputy Head (Pupil Wellbeing) of the Lower School. They are expecting their first child in November, and are very much looking forward to being part of the Peel community.

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.

  • Gellhorn
  • Keller
  • Wu
  • Anderson

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.