|Kellett School |
(Kellett School - The British International School in Hong Kong)
|School type||International School|
|Age||4 to 18|
|Houses||Bowen, Clementi, MacLehose, and Youde|
Kellett School (Chinese: 啟歷學校), The British International School in Hong Kong, is an international co-educational school in Hong Kong and member of the Federation of British International Schools in Asia.
Founded in 1976, the school's aim is to provide a British style education to students in Hong Kong.
The school's original campus and preparatory school in Pok Fu Lam overlooks Kellett Bay, for which the school bears its name. The school's second preparatory school and Senior School at Kowloon Bay (opened 2013). The School holds membership of The Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC), a professional association of the heads of the world's leading independent schools. The heads of the Prep Schools are members of The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).
Kellett was founded in 1976 by parents who sought a high-quality, British-style education, rich in the Arts and Sport. Originally called Starters, the school was led by Joanne Elliott and her family, working with the first Principal, Vivienne Steer. The school’s first two classes were made up of British, American, Australian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, Norwegian, and Swedish children.
By 1977, the School had tripled to 122 students and had relocated to Taikoo Shing. In 1980, the School moved to a purpose-built facility in Wah Fu overlooking Kellett Bay. The School is still there today and is the Pok Fu Lam campus. The School’s second Principal Ann Mc Donald arrived in 1996 after the retirement of Vivienne Steer.
The growing shortage of local senior school places prompted the Board to extend the School to age 13, offering pupils full UK Preparatory provision. Alongside this extension, the Board sought a permanent Senior School site. In 2007, the school was awarded a temporary Senior site, to be shared with Elsa High School (Carmel School Association) in Shau Kei Wan, less than a kilometre from the Preparatory School's early site in Taikoo Shing.
The popularity of Kellett’s Senior School meant that once again the Board sought to expand. In August 2009, the Hong Kong government awarded Kellett a greenfield site in Kowloon Bay, to develop an additional Preparatory School and a purpose-built four form Senior School.
The Kowloon Bay campus welcomed its first cohort of Prep and Senior students in September 2013 and was recognised for its award-winning campus design and facilities, including a fully operational theatre, a CrossFit gym, swimming pool and Sky Pitch. The School was proud to win a merit award at the Quality Building Awards and has also won the International Property Award for Best Public Service Architecture in Hong Kong.
In 2018, Kellett was awarded membership to the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and The Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC).
Ann Mc Donald retired in 2019, after presiding over the School’s transformation from a small primary to one of Hong Kong’s leading international schools. Mark Steed, Kellett’s third Principal and CEO, took the helm in July 2019 with a focus on using innovation to further Kellett’s educational aims.
Kellet has campuses in Pok Fu Lam (primary) and Kowloon Bay (primary and secondary). There was a temporary campus in Shau Kei Wan which served as the secondary school campus, but the secondary division was moved to Kowloon Bay in 2013.