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FAQS

General Information

Q: When did Harrow International School Shenzhen Qianhai open?

A: Opened in October 2020, Harrow International School Shenzhen Qianhai is an international boarding and day school.

Q: How many pupils are in Harrow?

A: Our School has approximately 700 pupils from up to 20 different countries. 

Q: What is your class size?

A: Our classes are between 16-24 pupils per class depending on the year group. Classes in core subjects, such as Maths, English, Science, Chinese and Modern Foreign Languages are smaller as are iGCSE and A Level classes. 

Q: What time does the day start and end?

A: Morning registration starts at 7:45 am for all pupils.

Our EYC pupils end their day at 3:00 pm, our Lower School pupils end their day at 2:40 pm, and our Upper School pupils finish at 2:50 pm. Although pupils in the Lower School and Upper School have LSA program & activities available to them after school, ending at 3:40 pm for Lower School pupils and around 3:50 pm for Upper School pupils.

Q: Can my family visit the school?

A: Harrow arranges Open Events for prospective families to visit the school. You can find information about our Open Events via https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/news-events/school-open-day/.

Q: Are there school buses?

A: Our school buses provide routes from the many residential areas in Shenzhen to and from Harrow Shenzhen Qianhai. The service is a safe, reliable way for your children to travel to school. All buses have escort on-board to look after your children.

Our current bus routes are listed via https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/the-school/school-bus/. These change each term as we accommodate new parents who request new pick-up/ drop-off points. We try as far as we can to accommodate these requests.

Q: Where can I get school uniforms?

The school has a strict Uniform Policy to encourage students to take pride in their appearance and school identity. Upon joining the school, students are required to wear the standard school uniform including wearing the Harrow Hat to and from school. Any student arriving at school in non-uniform clothing may expect to be sent home to change. Please contact the School Operations department services.HIS@harrowshenzhen.cn for more information.

Admissions, Fees, and Scholarships

Q: What is the eligibility?

Harrow Shenzhen Qianhai only accepts applications from foreign passport holders or residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. At least one parent of the applicant must be a foreign passport / foreign permanent resident holder or a resident from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. For applicants with a Chinese passport, at least one parent must provide a Diploma Certificate authorized by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, and valid proof of employment in Qianhai for a minimum of 90 days.

Q: How do I apply to the School?

A: Families can apply for a place 1 years before the date of the admission.

Please refer to  the information below with regard to Admissions – https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/admissions/admissions-process/  – and our age guideline for the appropriate year group – https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/admissions/age-guidelines-for-entry/ .

Please apply via our online application system. at https://harrowshenzhen.openapply.cn/ .

For further information, please contact the Admissions department at admissions@harrowshenzhen.cn or (+86) 755 8898 7616.

Q: What is the assessment date and format?

Once we receive your application, with all required documents, we will reach out to schedule assessments and interviews within 2 weeks.

Please refer to our key dates for the approximate date for your applying year group – https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/keydates/.

The assessment system evaluates the current level of proficiency in English of the applicants in an age-appropriate way in different age groups, in addition to their academic performance, co-curricular interests, and their potential to thrive in and contribute to the School’s diverse international community.

Please find out more about the assessment format at https://www.harrowschool.hk/admissions/admissions-process/assessments.

Q: What are the tuition and boarding fees?

A: Please visit https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/admissions/fees/ for a detailed breakdown of the current tuition and boarding fees.

Q: Do you offer Scholarships?

A: Harrow Shenzhen Qianhai offers Scholarships to the brightest and most gifted applicants to the school, in order to support, nurture and challenge their talents, their academic prowess and their dedication.

Harrow Shenzhen operates a Scholarship Programme which provides targeted, enhanced curricular provision for those students that are, based on current academic performance, on a trajectory to attend one of the world’s highly selective universities. The School is committed to ensuring that all students, including our most able, are challenged and stretched to fulfil their potential within and beyond the classroom.  For further information, please visit https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/admissions/harrow-shenzhen-scholarship/.

Q: Do you offer Bursaries?

A: The School offers bursaries to ensure that talented students, irrespective of their parents’ income, are able to study at Harrow Shenzhen.  All students are eligible to apply for bursaries. For further information, please visit https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/admissions/harrow-shenzhen-scholarship/.

School Curriculum

Q: What curriculum does Harrow follow?

A: Harrow follows the UK National Curriculum.

The Early Years (K1 and K2) follows the English-based ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (England and Wales)’.

The Pre-Prep School (Year 1 to Year 5) follows the English-based ‘National Curriculum of England’ with additional stretch and challenge work.

The Prep School (Year 6 to Year 8) offers a skills-based framework centred around the UK National Curriculum plus, designed to manage the transition from the Pre-Prep School to the more subject-specific curriculum in the Upper School.

The Senior School (Year 9 to Year 11) curriculum is based on iGCSE and GCSE courses studied over three years.

The Sixth Form (Year 12 to Year 13) curriculum is based on A level courses studied over two years, together with the Extended Project Qualification.

Q: What is the language of instruction and what foreign languages does Harrow offer?

English is the inclusive language of the classroom, playground and boarding Houses for all pupils, irrespective of their mother languages.

In addition to English, all pupils study Chinese, either as native or new speakers.

Q: When do pupils start to learn Chinese and how many lessons do they learn?

Pupils start Chinese lessons from K1. Year 1-2 pupils have 5 lessons every week Year 3-5 pupils have 4 lessons every week. Pupils in Years 6-8 pupils have 6 lessons a week, pupils in Year 9 have five lessons a week, and pupils in Years 10 and 11 have four lessons a week. In Year 12, pupils also have the option of taking Chinese at A level.

Q: What are the university destinations for your graduates?

A: We have extremely high expectations for our Sixth Form students and anticipate that, like many Harrovians throughout the world, they will be aspiring to matriculate into some of the leading Universities in the UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and throughout Europe.

Aspirational destinations throughout the world could include some of the following: USA Ivy League: Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, MIT, Stanford University, Columbia University, New York University and University of Chicago. Russel Group UK: University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College, Edinburgh University, Durham University, Bristol University, and UCL. We anticipate that most of the year-group will attend one of the QS world top 100 universities. You may find out more about last year’s Harrow Group university offers at https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/academic/university-counselling/.

Q: What kind of Leadership & Services Activities (LSA) does Harrow offer?

A:The purpose of our activities programme at Harrow Shenzhen is to encourage our students to broaden their horizons, develop a breadth of practical, interpersonal and transferrable skills and thereby to enrich their curriculum and help them to acquire and hone the leadership attributes required to traverse our everchanging and complex world with confidence and resilience. The Leadership and Service Activities Programme which takes place from 2:50pm to 3:50pm (Lower school: 2:50pm-3:40pm, Upper School: 2:50pm-3:50pm) each day is tailored to empower students to explore new and varied interests, to reach high levels of competency through instruction; whether academic enrichment, sporting, creative and performance, linguistic or service orientated and to excel and lead others in these pursuits. With over 150 activities, the possibilities and student potential are limitless. You can find out more at https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/holistic-education/leadership-and-service-activities-lsa/

Boarding Provision

Q: What is the school boarding capacity?

A: The School is designed to cater to a capacity of 90 boarders with outstanding facilities for year 5 and above students. Our boarding facilities provide a safe, secure and diverse environment where our students are valued, supported and inspired. Our Boarding Heads of House and all staff in Boarding and Pastoral Team have a wealth of boarding and pastoral experience to support the needs and development of our students.

Q: What is a normal schedule for boarders?

A: The general timetable of boarders weekday routine is listed below.

6:30am Wake up call

6:30am-7:00am Dress and get ready for school

7:00am-7:10am Morning roll call, uniform and bedroom check

7:10am-7:40am Breakfast

7:45am-3:50pm School and LSA

3:50pm-4:50pm Free time in boarding

4:50pm-5:00pm Afternoon roll call / Briefing

5:00pm-6:00pm Supervised study time / Targeted grouped study sessions

6:00pm-6:30pm Dinner

6:30pm-7:30pm Supervised study time / Targeted grouped study sessions

7:30pm-7:45pm Evening roll call / Briefing

7:45pm-9:00pm Evening activities / Free time in boarding

9:00pm-9:30pm Hand in devices and getting ready for bed

9:30pm Night out (Senior students (Year 10-12) have a more flexible night out time and device collection schedule.)

 

Q: How many pupils share a room?

A: Pupils are offered single, twins room, and triple-bed room. For further information, please visit https://www.harrowshenzhen.cn/holistic-education/boarding/.

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