In 2015, we were delighted to announce that Shrewsbury had been selected by the Education Bureau in Hong Kong to open a new world-class international school in the Tseung Kwan O (Siu Chik Sha) district of Hong Kong.
The new school will open in August 2018 and will initially operate as a co-educational Primary School for up to 850 children aged 3 to 11 years.
Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong will be the second international school to be established by Shrewsbury School UK. Its first sister school, Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, was opened in 2003 and has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. It now has 1,600 pupils and is regarded as one of the leading schools of its type in Thailand.
The Board of Governors of Shrewsbury Hong Kong is led by Sir David Lees, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of Shrewsbury School UK and also a former Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England. "From its first day, Shrewsbury Hong Kong will achieve the standards of excellence of the school in Britain. We are putting in every resource necessary to make that happen - from ensuring that there are a sufficiently large number of children in every age-group to enable the best learning environment, to enrolling the finest teachers through a recruitment programme conducted in the UK."
Ensuring the excellence of Shrewsbury Hong Kong is Mr Stephen Holroyd, Director of Schools for Shrewsbury in Asia and an educationalist with 12 years' experience in the region as Principal of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok. "We are doing something truly exceptional and establishing no fewer than six classes in every primary year group, each with around 20 children. It's an unusually big commitment, but one that will lay the foundations of a genuinely great school. Having a critical mass of 120 children of similar age in every primary year group lets the school design age-appropriate environments specifically to suit the needs of a particular age group as well as to build function-specific space that is equipped just right for that particular year group.”
Shrewsbury Hong Kong is the only new school in Hong Kong to have made such a deep commitment to every age group and will also be enrolling more than 70 age-specialised teaching staff.
Mr Ben Keeling has been appointed as Principal of Shrewsbury Hong Kong. Having been an Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal in two international schools in South East Asia, including four years in another international school in Hong Kong, he is a highly respected educationalist with specialist experience in primary schools and extensive knowledge of local needs.
Parents are invited to visit the Admissions Office or attend the weekly Open House information session, where parents can meet the Principal and his team to learn more about Shrewsbury in Hong Kong and the UK.