The territory’s second international boarding school, Mount Kelly, is on schedule for a September 2017 opening, according to founding headmaster Gary Wright. It will also be Hong Kong’s first preparatory school.
The first phase of opening will include Years one to four, with an intake of 420 students. Interviewing has already begun.
Eventually the school anticipates expanding to include years one to eight by 2019 with a total of 820 students, with years six to eight being offered the option to board.
This is the first overseas venture for the UK-based private school, which was founded in the south-west of England 140 years ago.
“We will be incorporating the very best of British independent education within a Hong Kong setting,” confirmed Wright.
Teaching will be broad-based and follow the National Curriculum for England. It is anticipated the majority of students will continue into Year 9 either in the UK or at British curriculum-based schools in Hong Kong. Mount Kelly will also be the first HK-based international school to offer the UK Common Entrance Exam.
Core subjects include English, Maths, Chinese, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Computing, Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education. The school also offers the Shackleton Programme, which has been developed by Mount Kelly UK and aims to develop leadership and teamwork skills.
An extended school day will allow students to incorporate extra-curricular activities into their regular timetables.
Annual fees are expected to start at $155,000, rising to $185,000.
Construction is currently underway at the school’s campus in So Kwun Wat, Tuen Mun.
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