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Kellet School Creating Global Pathways

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Established in 1976 and one of Hong Kong’s leading international schools, Kellett School is a co-ed, through-train school with campuses on Hong Kong Island (four to 11 years) and in Kowloon Bay (four to 18 years).

For over 45 years, Kellett has earned a reputation for offering an exceptional, British-style education. Outstanding public examination results (over 55% of A-level results at A*, and over 68% of GCSE results at A*) ensure that students go on to attend top universities worldwide. Kellett has evolved its educational approach to ensure that students are equipped with the right mindset and skill set to enable them to thrive and cope with the stresses of modern-day life.

“While our examination results showcase the exceptional academic standard of our students, behind these results is a strong focus on wellbeing, known as Positively Kellett. We believe that wellbeing plays a central role in enabling students to reach their full potential, academically, outside their classrooms and far beyond their school years,” says the school’s Principal and CEO Mark Steed.

In acknowledgement of its approach to wellbeing, Kellett was recently awarded the highest honour of Patron’s Accredited Membership by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). While in 2020, Kellett was named ‘British International School of the Year’ at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards, with Positively Kellett highlighted as being key to that accolade.

“Launched in August 2018, Positively Kellett saw the development of a bespoke Positive Education curriculum, which is now taught in weekly lessons to all year groups,” says Mark. “Carving time out of the curriculum to focus on wellbeing has been central to our approach.”

Beyond the confines of the curriculum, Kellett students also study public speaking, innovation and global citizenship. “Global Citizenship and Critical Perspective lessons help students become informed, responsible and active global citizens,” says Mark. “We have a strong focus on how each of us can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, through advocacy, fundraising and community service.

“The Senior School has a week off-timetable dedicated to global citizenship, known as GOW (Global Outlook Week). Year groups travel overseas to learn about different cultures and make a contribution through community service. In recent years, we have focused more on local issues, most notably on the asylum, refugee and ethnic minority communities in Hong Kong.”

Kellett’s Mini-MBA programme, meanwhile, provides sixth-form students with a practical introduction to the world of business in an engaging, workshop environment. Year 12 students gain a deeper understanding of how businesses function, developing real world skills to help them in their future careers.

Likewise, in Years 7 and 8, Innovation lessons allow students to focus on working collaboratively to understand and solve real-world problems in creative ways. These projects emulate the world of real work, with students harnessing individual strengths to contribute to one shared goal. Teams are also encouraged to experiment and learn from failure. “Kellett’s goal has always been to engender a ‘love of learning and confidence for life,’” Mark concludes.

“Academics are of course very important, and we take great pride in our excellent results record, but we place far greater value in preparing our students for life’s opportunities and challenges, and seeing them flourish, now and in the future.”

Kellett School will be adding a new bus route from Central Ferry Pier to its Kowloon Bay Campus in August. For more information about the school, email [email protected] or visit www.kellettschool.com.

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