The Next Level

One of the lead­ing Bri­tish in­ter­na­tional schools in Hong Kong, Kel­lett School has of­fered top-notch ed­u­ca­tion for nearly four decades

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus -

Founded by a group of par­ents in 1976 to pro­vide a high-qual­ity Bri­tish-style ed­u­ca­tion in Hong Kong, Kel­lett School aims to en­gen­der “a love of learn­ing and con­fi­dence for life”. It pro­vides chal­lenge and op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery stu­dent, and en­trusts them with re­spon­si­bil­ity. Start­ing life as a small prepara­tory school, Kel­lett has re­cently ex­panded into a through-train school for chil­dren aged four to 18, spread across two cam­puses. There are two prepara­tory sec­tions: one in Pok Fu Lam and one in the brand new Kowloon Bay cam­pus, which fea­tures a range of first-class fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a six-lane swim­ming pool, “sky pitch” and state-of-the-art theatre. All prepara­tory pupils are guar­an­teed a place in the se­nior school, which has 600 stu­dents.

The school’s cur­ricu­lum is based upon and goes be­yond the Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum for Eng­land, pro­vid­ing stu­dents with both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tives. The cur­ricu­lum of­fers tight bench­mark­ing, is highly trans­fer­able and is recog­nised through­out the English-speak­ing world—of­fer­ing stu­dents the Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (GCSE) and In­ter­na­tional GCSE ex­ams in Years 10 and 11. Stu­dents in Years 12 and 13 then com­plete the pres­ti­gious A-level pro­gramme, recog­nised world­wide as a great path­way to uni­ver­sity. The A-lev­els are a rig­or­ous aca­demic study based around a sixth form core pro­gramme that in­cludes global cit­i­zen­ship, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sport, lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, and ca­reers and uni­ver­sity guid­ance.

“The A-level pro­gramme has been de­signed to sup­port and en­cour­age stu­dents to use their ini­tia­tive and cul­ti­vate their own time-man­age­ment skills,” says Simon Gid­dings, head of the se­nior school at Kel­lett. “It presents an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop at­trac­tive aca­demic and per­sonal pro­files in prepa­ra­tion for the next stage of their ed­u­ca­tion.”

The A-lev­els are seen as the rec­om­mended route for stu­dents who wish to spe­cialise in a par­tic­u­lar area at uni­ver­sity, as they al­low the stu­dent to choose ap­pro­pri­ate com­bi­na­tions of sub­jects and ex­am­ine them in more de­tail. While the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate cov­ers a broad spec­trum of sub­jects for those that may not have de­cided on their fu­ture pro­fes­sion, the A-level pro­gramme is specif­i­cally de­signed to place more em­pha­sis on in­di­vid­ual sub­ject knowl­edge. The pro­gramme is ideal for stu­dents who have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the path they wish to fol­low.

Kel­lett also of­fers a rich and var­ied pro­gramme of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that con­trib­ute to each stu­dent’s per­sonal devel­op­ment. Th­ese in­clude lo­cal and over­seas ed­u­ca­tional vis­its, as well as a rich reper­toire of per­form­ing arts and sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Kel­lett’s high aca­demic achieve­ment is re­alised within a broad cur­ricu­lum that em­braces 21st-cen­tury learn­ing, cre­ativ­ity, sport and the arts. The in­sti­tu­tion has rightly earned its rep­u­ta­tion as one of Hong Kong’s lead­ing in­ter­na­tional schools.

PLAN AHEAD From left: The en­trance to the Kowloon Bay cam­pus; se­nior stu­dents at the sixth form hub

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