About the School

Harrow Hong Kong is the first international boarding and day school in Hong Kong. It opened in September 2012 and now has a combined roll of c.1300 pupils from Early Years to Sixth Form.

Located in a magnificent crescent-shaped building with custom-built facilities near the Gold Coast, Tuen Mun, the School integrates elements of educational philosophy, practice and traditions from Harrow School in England into the diverse international community of Hong Kong to provide a highly distinctive education.

Key Characteristics of a Harrow Hong Kong Education

  • High academic expectations: excellent public examination results and entry to top universities combined with inspiring pupils who want to learn for their own sake and to aspire to scholarship. In 2017, of the A Level grades achieved, 35% were A* grades, 68% were A*-A, and 89% were A*-B. At GCSE, 55% of grades were at A* and 84% at A*-A.
  • A diverse extra-curricular programme, which seeks to develop skills associated with service, charity, teamwork, creative expression, leadership and challenge in all pupils.
  • A strong emphasis on community, the quality of relationships and the personal formation of character that stems from the School’s ethos.
  • The sense of tradition, and the adoption of elements of philosophy and practice, that comes from being a member of the Harrow family of schools and its heritage.


Learning activities and experiences in and out of the classroom focus on the development of the six leadership attributes outlined in the School’s vision statement Leadership for a better world:

  • Contributing positively to the community
  • Applying knowledge with compassion
  • Solving problems collaboratively
  • Solving problems creatively
  • Making fair and just choices
  • Facing challenges with determination

Pupil Development, WellBeing and Boarding

Boarding can begin from Year 6 in the Prep School on a weekly basis from Sunday evening to Friday evening. Just under 50% of pupils in the Upper School board, but all Day pupils are members of a House. There are currently three boys’ and three girls’ Prep Houses (Year 6 to Year 8), and three boys’ and three girls’ Senior Houses (Year 9 to Year 13). House Masters and House Mistresses, supported by designated Upper School teachers who are tutors in their House pastoral team, have the primary role in the pastoral care of pupils and are responsible for managing the daily routines for boarders from getting up to going to bed. Liaising closely with parents to provide personal support for all pupils in the House, day and boarding, they encourage them to develop their talents, help them in times of difficulty, and guide them to pursue excellence.

School Structure

The Lower School

  • Early Years (K1 and K2)
  • Pre-Prep (Years 1 to 5)

The Upper School

  • Prep (Years 6 to 8)
  • Senior (Years 9 to 11)
  • Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

Class size

When pupils join our Early Years department they are in classes of 16. This rises to 18 in K2 and 22 in the Pre-Prep. There are 24 pupils in Year 3 to Year 11, and in the Sixth Form, class sizes are approximately 14.

School hours

Lower School Early Years (K1 and K2)

8.00am to 2.00pm

Lower School Pre-Prep School (Years 1 to 5)  

8.00am to 3.30pm

Upper School (Years 6 to 13)   

8.00am to 4.30pm


  • The Early Years (K1 and K2) follows the English based ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2012) (England and Wales)’.
  • The Pre-Prep School (Years 1 to 5) follows the English based ‘National Curriculum of England (2014)’.
  • The Prep School (Years 6 to 8) offers a skills-based curriculum based on the UK National Curriculum designed to manage the transition from the Pre-Prep School to the more subject-specific environment in the Upper School.
  • The Senior School (Years 9 to 11) curriculum is based on GCSE courses studied over three years.
  • The Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) curriculum is based on A-Level courses studied over two years, together with the Extended Project Qualification.

Teaching media

English is the inclusive language of the classroom, playground and boarding Houses for all pupils, irrespective of their mother languages.

Other Language Programmes

In addition to English, all pupils have the option of studying other languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French and Spanish.

Pre-Prep (Years 1 to 5)

All three languages are offered in Pre-Prep and pupils either follow a four-hour programme in Chinese, or study Chinese and French or Spanish for two hours per language.

Prep School (Years 6 to 8)

All pupils study Chinese for four hours and either French, Spanish or EAP for three hours in the Prep School.

Senior School (Years 9 to 11) and Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

Pupils continue to develop their linguistic skills in Year 9 then choose at the end of the academic year whether they wish to continue to study Chinese, French and/or Spanish for GCSE in Years 10 and 11 and A-Level in Years 12 and 13.

Leadership in Action

A varied extra-curricular programme is an essential part of a Harrow education and, distinctively in Hong Kong a significant part of it is integrated into the School day for all pupils from Year 1 to Year 13. Activity option choices and a number of core activities take place within the timetable, as well as in enrichment time before School and after School. These programmes, together with the Facing Challenge programme (the School’s bespoke pastoral education programme), aim to encourage pupils to attain excellence in those activities in which they show talent while engaging over time in a broad range of activities that enable them to develop the skills associated with six key themes: service, charity, teamwork, creative expression, leadership and challenge.

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Teaching staff

  • The School has 118 full-time teachers and 30 teaching assistants as of August 2017.
  • The majority of the teachers are British with some from Commonwealth countries.
  • The highly qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff has a tremendous blend of collective experience both in UK and international schools.

Pupil support

Specialist support includes the School Psychologist, Pupil Support Coordinator and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Coordinator.

University destinations

Harrow Hong Kong Leavers have been highly successful in gaining places at top universities on competitive courses in the UK, the USA and Hong Kong as well as across Asia and Australia.

Almost 90% of our alumni at UK universities are within the Russell Group, with 14% at Oxbridge.


Public examination results 2017


Of the grades achieved, 35% were A* grades, 68% were A*-A, and 89% were A*-B.


Of the grades achieved, 55% of them were A* and 84% of them were A*-A. Fourteen pupils achieved nine or more A* grades with two achieving 11A*. In Biology 99% of all grades were at A*-A, 97% in Chemistry and 99% in Physics. In History 92% of all grades were at A*-A and in Spanish 92% of all grades were at A*-A.

UK governance

The School operates under an agreement with the Governors of Harrow School in the UK. Two Governors from the Harrow School Board of Governors in the UK are members of the Governing Body; they attend its meetings and visit the School in Hong Kong three times a year to ensure quality control and guidance from the Harrow family.

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Parent involvement

Friends of Harrow is an association of parents and teaching staff that provides practical support for and assists with additional opportunities to enhance the educational experience for the pupils and promotes and extends productive relationships within the School community. The association organises external speakers, work placements and Career Fairs for pupils, as well as major charity fundraising events.

In addition, each term there are meetings of the Lower School Class Parent, Prep School House and Senior School House Parent committees, in which parent representatives discuss matters of the School’s operations and procedures with members of the Senior Leadership Team. There is also a Parent-Governor group, which meets termly to discuss matters related to the School’s strategic direction.

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Scholarships and bursaries

The School provides merit-based financial awards for pupils who are gifted in academic work and/or extra-curricular pursuits where outstanding talent is evident. The aim of the scholarships and bursaries is to enable the School to draw gifted pupils from all sections of the global community, irrespective of their parents’ financial circumstances. With bursary supplementation, virtually full remission of fees is available depending on need. Scholarships and bursaries are available from Year 6.

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