Expat Parent visits Kellett School’s new Kowloon Bay campus.
Kellett School is a popular choice for families looking for a British-style international education in Hong Kong. It was set up in 1976 by like-minded parents to provide high-quality teaching, rich in the arts and delivered in a small- school setting. The first two classes had 44 mainly expatriate children and these families developed a strong sense of community that continues today.
In 1978, the school relocated to leased premises in Taikoo Shing and established the Kellett School Association, which was officially registered as an international kindergarten and primary school. Two years later, it moved to purpose-built premises at the Kellett School Pok Fu Lam’s current location in Wah Fu Estate. To meet the lack of international secondary places in Hong Kong, a senior school was established in 2007 to accommodate all the school’s Year six students, and last year Kellett opened a second state-of-the-art campus in Kowloon Bay with spaces for 300 prep students and 600 seniors.
Applications are accepted at birth for reception and prep classes and two years prior to entry into the senior school. Applicants are placed on a waiting list and assessed when an offer of a place is imminent. Kellett operates a debenture system (for details visit the website, www. kellettschool.com), with priority for siblings of existing students and children covered by a corporate debenture. Annual fees are $123,500 for the prep school, $160,800 for Years Seven to 11 and $168,800 for Years 12 to 13.
“We have a waiting list for almost all year groups [at the Pok Fu Lam campus], but we do have an occasional vacancy and we still have some vacancies in the senior school,” says principal Ann McDonald, who has been head of the school since 1996. “Quite a few families moved from Pok Fu Lam to the Kowloon Bay school and Sai Kung was already home to a number of Kellett families. With the opening of the new campus, this number has grown and we expect it to continue to grow year on year, along with our school.”
The Kowloon Bay campus is spacious and bright, with multi-functioning sky-lit atrium spaces containing living trees in both the prep and senior sections. There are outdoor gardens, a sports pitch and running track on the roof, shaded outdoor areas for the prep students, plus sports halls, an indoor swimming pool with moveable floor that can be raised for younger children or lowered for water polo and other senior activities.
There’s a world-class theatre with a moveable orchestra pit, black box dance studio and expansive music suites, plus an artist-in-residence programme. The teaching spaces have been built to support 21st-century learning with fully equipped science, design and technology labs, and separate libraries for the Prep and Senior schools.
“The architectural design works so well in supporting a learning environment with an emphasis on light and space,” McDonald says.
Kellett’s teachers are recruited locally and internationally. All have strong academic profiles and are proven within their specialist fields. Strong links with Britain are maintained to ensure staff stays abreast of the best practice and public examination expectations.
“We strive to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in a rapidly changing workplace, and help them to develop not just social awareness but global awareness,” McDonald says. “This new campus supports our aims and goals and our top-quality teaching staff.”
Address: Kowloon Bay Prep and Senior, 7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: 3120 0700