Harrow International School: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
November 29, 2017 | BY Hong Kong Tatler
With giving students opportunities to lead as its core value, Harrow International School prepares pupils for the challenges of life and careers
Harrow International School Focus
Since opening its doors in 2012, Harrow International School Hong Kong has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading schools in Hong Kong and in Asia, combining the best of a British education in a vibrant, international setting.
Embedding elements of philosophy and practice from its mothership Harrow School in London, founded in 1572, academic excellence is integral to Harrow Hong Kong’s ethos.
In 2017, 35% of all A-Level grades achieved by Harrow Hong Kong pupils were A*; 67% of all grades were A* or A, and almost 90% were A*-B. Thirty-two of its pupils achieved straight A* or A grades across all of their subjects. Harrow Hong Kong alumni can now be found studying a range of subjects in world-leading universities across the globe.
Opportunities to Lead
But, as Head Girl Emma Bilney points out, the strength of a Harrow Hong Kong education lies in a far richer experience, which prepares pupils for the challenges of life and careers far beyond the School’s impressive crescent-shaped building near Gold Coast.
“Pupils of all ages extend their learning beyond the classroom through the numerous extra events within the School’s Leadership in Action programme,” Bilney explained. “This provides a diverse range of opportunities and immerses us in extra-curricular activities both inside and outside Hong Kong, such as the Model United Nations at Harrow Hong Kong, and in Singapore and The Hague, and nationwide cultural and sports competitions in China, Spain, the UK and the USA.”
The School is under new leadership this year, with Ann Haydon having taken up the reins as Harrow Hong Kong’s Head at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
An award-winning educator and joining after nine years as Principal of the prestigious Surbiton High School in the UK, Haydon is entrusted with maintaining Harrow Hong Kong’s high standards. Her guiding principle is that pupils should develop the motivation, skills and determination to make a positive difference in the world.
“We believe that success should be measured not only by examination grades but by one’s influence on the world and our focus is based on learning, leadership and values,” Haydon explained.
“The willingness and ability to learn, to lead, to create, to compete and to care are fundamental aspects of a Harrow education. It is my view that an education full of opportunities is one where we can truly get the very best out of our boys and girls.”
The world of work into which today’s pupils will emerge is ever-changing. Employers are looking for recruits not just with an academic background, but who are team players and good decision-makers. They are looking for people who have a positive attitude to new experiences and who are able to demonstrate flexibility.
Haydon believes that a Harrow Hong Kong background provides just that. “We have a responsibility not only to ensure that our pupils are prepared for university but that they have the relevant skills to compete for jobs in the global market.”
“I want us to develop leadership skills in all our pupils and to give them the confidence and self-belief to think that anything is possible,” Haydon continued. “Whether our young people want to be astronauts or ambassadors, sculptors or surgeons, politicians or a Prime Minister, we will inspire, encourage and empower them to fulfil their dreams.”
Studying at Harrow Hong Kong is an inspiring, enriching and exciting experience. Come and visit our thriving community and see for yourselves.
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