Harrow International School Beijing
About Harrow International School Beijing
School and Community
Harrow Beijing is a vibrant community affiliated to the renowned Harrow School in London and Harrow International Schools in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Shanghai. It offers a British-based international education to students aged from two to eighteen.
The school is known for its commitment to academic excellence and for the way each student is supported through personal tutoring. Our mission statement of, ‘Leadership for a better world’ is supported through the skills students develop by studying our wide and varied curriculum and further evidenced through our co-curricular enrichment programmes.
Initially, the School opened to serve the needs of older students from the international community in Beijing, to forge positive progression routes into top universities worldwide. The school has now developed into an ‘all through’ school which focusses on developing students with the necessary skills and attributes to allow them to be life-long learners and to take ownership of their progress from the Lower School through to the Upper School. The transition between the phases is supported by our strong pastoral and academic guidance. Students in the Upper School work toward earning a Harrow Beijing Leadership Award that identifies individual achievements and leadership qualities additional to academic performance. English language support services are available for students who are working in English as an Additional Language.
Currently there are over 1500 students of 25 different nationalities, attending the School. The A-level programme is globally accepted, with 82 students enrolled in the two-year programme during the 2019-20 academic year, 37 of whom are in the graduating class. Students from Harrow Beijing command places in top world universities, particularly in the United Kingdom and North America.
The Upper School curriculum is structured towards the external awards of IGCSE, AS and A-level, the standard used in England and Wales that has also been adopted in other countries. Students who enter the School and need EAL, known at Harrow Beijing as Language & Learning, will start in our English Intensive Curriculum in order to progress to the AS curriculum. The A-level is fully recognised by universities worldwide for matriculation.
Extra Curricular Programmes
Students participate in a wide selection of Enrichment Activities of their choice, as well as a large variety of sports including the ISAC, ACAMIS and FOBISIA tournaments. Intra-house competitions in debate, singing, charity fund-raising events as well as specific community service projects are also the focus of the School’s six houses in which each student is a member. Through this wide range of activities students have the opportunity to complete the Harrow Leadership Award.
The school has two purpose-built state-of-the-art campuses.
The Main Campus
The school has two purpose-built state-of-the-art campuses. The Main Campus is located in Hegezhuang Village, where in addition to the usual classroom facilities, there is a 20,000-sqm library, a large multi-purpose theatre, two ‘black box’ drama areas and a music centre with a recording studio. The sports facilities include a 25-m swimming pool, a 2,220-sqm gymnasium for sports such as badminton, volleyball and basketball as well as a top-rope climbing wall. Outdoors there are tennis courts, as well as playing fields for football and rugby.
There is also the opportunity for some students to take up a residential position within either a boys or girls house. As a residential student they will experience the independence of living away from home within the supportive environment of the Harrow community. Harrow students experience a high level of support and guidance during their time at the school which will allow them to build the independent life skills that will stand them in good stead for life beyond Harrow Beijing.
The City Campus
Due to strong demand the school reacquired its original campus in the centre of Beijing and in August 2018 opened its new City Campus. Situated in a tranquil neighborhood near the Third Ring Road, the City Campus only enrolls pupils from Early Years to Year 1. Its facilities include a fully kitted out sports hall, library, a dining room, and a specialist learning zone which includes Art, Music and Drama areas. There is a playground and a sports pitch which has been developed to support the young pupils’ physical development.
The School runs a calendar of three terms spanning one hundred and eighty days with a timetable structured around a thirty period week and extra-curricular activities running after school and into the weekends.