Facing Challenges

Whilst our pastoral practices and structures are in place to protect and support our pupils, it is through education that we develop their resilience and ability to cope with the range of issues that life is likely to throw at them.

At Harrow Hong Kong, pastoral education is a broad offering that takes place both in and out of the classroom. There will always be an emphasis on learning through exposure and experience. More formally, at Harrow Hong Kong we place great value on the importance of Personal, Social, Health and Economic PSHE) education, which is delivered through our ‘Facing Challenges’ curriculum for K1 to Year 11 and the
‘Beyond Harrow’ programme in the Sixth Form.

It is intended that this programme should:

  1.  Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  2.  Prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  3.  Provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
  4. Encourage pupils to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
  5. Teach pupils to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning

The learning that takes place via the Facing Challenges programme is consolidated on the ‘Pastoral Hub’ where information relating to a given topic is stored. Those resources and sources of support signposted during a session can be accessed here, ensuring that the learning is not just confined to the classroom.


The Beyond Harrow Programme continues this work in the Sixth Form and prepares our pupils for the crucial transition from school to university. With a bespoke schedule of lessons that intertwines pastoral, academic and co-curricular support, our pupils become equipped with the practical tools they will need after they leave the Sixth Form. The programme is made up of two sessions per week, a Monday morning lesson led by the Head of Sixth Form and university advisors specifically focussing on university applications, and a Wednesday afternoon session focussing on pastoral support and practical preparation for life after school led by tutors and specialists.