The House System at Harrow International School Beijing


True to the tradition of all Schools in the Harrow Family, the House system is at the heart of the students’ lives at Harrow International School Beijing (HISBJ). The House plays a pivotal role in each student’s development and is a means to prepare our learners to become ‘Leaders for a better world’.


What do we want for our students at HISBJ?

We are committed to developing the whole student in terms of their academic, intellectual, emotional, social and physical capabilities by providing an outstanding, holistic education.


What does our House system consist of?

Harrow Beijing has six Houses led by a team of housemasters and mistresses (hms), as well as student leaders who hold a range of positions with specific responsibilities, for example, House Captains and Deputies, Sports Captains, and Form Representatives.

All students and staff are allocated to a House. Each House is named after a leader who is known for having courage and determination. Each of these individuals displayed the leadership qualities that we hope will inspire our young Harrovians to become the leaders of their generation.

Each House has an associated colour, on display each day on its House tie. Many school activities are House-related, covering a wide and varied spectrum of interests in the Arts, Sports, Academic and Community Service fields. We have House assemblies, and Friday is House Day, when students gather for a House Lunch followed by an activity where students of all years of the House come together.


Meet our Housemasters and Housemistresses:

Ju Ching House John Lyon House Marie Curie House
Carol Yeung Stephen Cobb Siobhan Crowley
Song Qing Ling House Kong Zi House Churchill House
Claire Harrington Darryl Evans Darshak Pandya






















What does the House mean for each of our students?

All students who join HISBJ enter a House, even those in the Early Years phase! In Lower School the students are in tutor groups, which are organised around a class teacher. Here the students are from all Houses, however, they still participate in activities in Houses across all the year groups in Lower School, including House Lunch.

Once the students enter Upper School in Y6, they are registered by House, and the form tutor and Housemaster become the key guiding forces in regard to the student’s pastoral support and academic monitoring. Their role is to encourage students to recognise, respond, reason, create, reflect and show resolve in both their academic pursuits and personal growth. The process gives each student, and indeed the student’s family, a unique bond to their House and Housemaster as they grow up through the House.

Membership in the House enhances each student’s sense of identity and belonging and creates a spirit of friendly competition, collaboration and cooperation. This friendly rivalry is given ample opportunity to manifest itself in a wide range of inter-house events.

Student leadership is at the heart of the House system, with students able to hold a range of positions with specific responsibilities. The Houses provide a variety of opportunities to challenge each student; the array of competitions, the range of events and the dynamics of the House community provide the mechanisms for this.

At HISBJ, we want our students to demonstrate the attributes of Leadership for a better world.  We recognise this through the Leadership Award, which students work towards both in Lower and Upper School.


Who do parents contact if they wish to discuss their son and daughter with the school?

It is important to remember that the first and most important point of contact for both students and their parents/guardians at school is the Form Tutor.  The Form Tutor will then liaise with other people on your behalf.  In particular, they will discuss your child with the Housemaster.

At HISBJ, we pride ourselves that a key principle of our school is ‘close personal tutoring’, therefore, within each House, led by the Housemaster, every student is assigned to a Form Tutor.

The Form Tutor plays a central role in integrating each student into the tutor group and the culture of HISBJ. It is the tutor’s responsibility to get to know each student and help them achieve academic success and personal progress, which is why each student sees them at the start and end of every day as well as in House activities with the Housemaster.

For parents, it is the Form Tutor and Housemaster who provide the link between school and home. 


The House System was introduced in 2008. The House System is modelled on the Houses of Harrow School in London, UK.

The school is divided vertically into six Houses at Harrow Beijing: 

Churchill (yellow) - named after Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, Old Harrovian.

Curie (green) - named after Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winning chemist and physicist.

Ju Ching (red) - named after the philanthropist and mother of Daniel Chiu, founder of Harrow International School Beijing.

Kong Zi (blue) - named after Confucius (Kong Zi), Chinese philosopher.

Song Qing Ling (purple) - named after Madame Sun Yat-sen (Song Qing Ling) politician.

Lyon (orange) - named after John Lyon, founder of Harrow School in London.

Each House is led by a teacher called the Head of House. Each house also has House Captains as well as other leadership roles. The House Captains assist the House Leader with the coordination and organisation of student participation in house events.

All students from Pre-School (age 3) to the Upper Sixth (age 18) are enrolled in the Houses.

The Houses compete in a number of competitions and activities held throughout the year in order to win House trophies. The Houses are very involved in local community and charity work and this has been their main focus. The House Representatives in each Year Group help the house captains to arrange activities and lead the houses.

The house events turn leadership into actions and help the students to develop a number of key leadership skills. These include, amongst other things:

  • Sports Day
  • Charity Events
  • Dance Competition
  • Music Competition
  • Football Competitions

These houses afford the student a smaller, closer community within the school, and broaden the range of activities and support available to the students.

As members of the respective houses, students’ uniform will include a House tie and House t-shirt, which is worn during house events. Points are awarded to the houses for winning competitions – with a decreasing number of points available going down in placing. House points are also awarded for reds and for students who successfully participate in other (‘non House’) events. At the end of each academic year, the number of points accumulated by each house is totalled and the ‘winning’ house recognised.

Last updated: 30 Nov 2015 09:48