Harrow International School 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 2 to 18. 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 implemented through the skills students develop by studying our wide and varied curriculum and further evidenced through our co-curricular enrichment programmes.
The school focuses 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 1,500 students of 24 different nationalities attending the School. There are 86 students in Sixth Form and 39 students in Year 13.
The school has two campuses, the main school in Hegezhuang and our city campus serving the needs of younger learners. Students from Harrow Beijing command places in the world’s top universities, particularly in the United Kingdom and North America.
Harrow School London has been home to world leaders, poets and royalty. It has educated such inspirational characters as Winston Churchill, King Hussein of Jordan, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Byron and more recently actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Laurence Fox and singer songwriter James Blunt.
If Harrow on the Hill as it is affectionately know, can be seen as the roots of the Harrow family tree, then its branches are now spreading the Harrow philosophy worldwide through its associated schools of Harrow Bangkok (1998), Harrow Beijing (2005), Harrow Hong Kong (2012) and Harrow Shanghai (2016).
Harrow Beijing proudly shares Harrows’ core values, and as a school celebrates both its British heritage and its Chinese perspective in striving to cultivate “Leadership for a better world”. Setting Harrow Beijing apart from its competition are its unique strengths, its History and Traditions, its Holistic approach to Education, its outstanding Academic Achievements and its Close Personal Tutoring of the students in its care.
Maybe a 4 star if it’s not that expensive.
The school is not like what the public imagines - there are a lot of things that are different, or have changed massively since it moved its main campus to Shunyi:
School food quality is below average, this year in particular. The money spent on a “healthy school meal” buys you greasy and oily food, and it’s included in the tuition fee meaning you pay for it either way.
People looking for cultural diversity and an international community will be disappointed. Over 50% of the students are Chinese - but they are generally nice and easy-going, just not in the posh upper class private school way the public thinks.
I studied here through year 9-13 so I don’t really know much about the lower school. The upper school’s quality of teaching has fluctuated throughout the years, but since GCSE and A-level relies heavily on self-study and self-motivation the issue isn’t as significant as it seems. Besides, the resources are all there.
The teachers are generally good. They all have unique personalities, care about students and really put effort into making the school a better place. You may find some average, even mediocre teachers, but you don’t find irresponsible and horrible ones.
The administration team sometimes get criticized by students but overall it’s not that bad.
(I do want to point out that a music teacher screwed me over hard by recommending a dodgy institution programme for my gap year)
Conclusion: It is good, just pricy - I personally think it’s overpriced (tuition fee even higher than some unis in UK), but it is one of the last few schools in mainland China that teaches A-level, and you will receive help from teachers even after you graduate if you ask for it.
They may not be completely honest when advertising themselves, you may feel disappointed upon enrolling, it may not be the best international school to go to, but there’s no doubt that it is still a decent school.
btw, I rdon’t know anybody that takes drugs here - the ones that did drugs left a long time ago.
Students consistently make fun and tease other people while the teachers watch as ehy do it. They’re students have spit on and hit many other children. I do not understand how the teachers tolerate this.