A Conversation with Art
Mrs Rachel Dent, Head of School, read to the City Campus children and reflected on the role that reading plays in education, and in our lives.
About Us
Mrs Rachel Dent Head of Harrow Beijing
Message from the Head
A very warm welcome to Harrow Beijing.
Harrow has been offering an exceptional education for 450 years. At the centre of this education are the Harrow core values of Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship. As a school we are devoted to creating young people who have integrity and who can excel in all that they do. Our students go on to study at some of the world's leading universities where they continue to harness the talents instilled by a Harrow education.
Teaching at Harrow is a phenomenally rewarding experience. All our staff are dedicated and determined to encourage all the children in their care. There is a very clear vision to achieve academic excellence but also to develop a well-rounded, empowered individual who can harness their own strengths and take on challenges. This is partly achieved through the Harrow House system which is another unique aspect of our school along with our enrichment programmes including sport and the arts.
We are very proud to be based in China's capital city and as such we regard ourselves very much as Harrow Beijing.
Our school is a community which has the staff, parents and pupils at its heart. As a parent you will have the opportunity to share your child's journey with others including the ‘Friends of Harrow'.
As an experienced Head and parent myself, I know that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Here at Harrow Beijing, we have a dedicated team of people keen to help you with that decision.
Mrs Rachel Dent
The Head
The Heads' Speech Room
‘Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.’ Winston Churchill, The Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, Mansion House, 10 November, 1942
In the last few weeks the Harrow Beijing community has faced some of its biggest challenges with the return of online learning, travel restrictions and the return of quarantines. Through it all our community has stood together
Yesterday I enjoyed a truly inspiring afternoon. Firstly, there was a fabulous performance by some of our gifted A Level and GCSE musicians. We moved seamlessly between Chopin and Schubert before enjoying 'Vivre' from 'Notre Dame de Paris' & ‘Someone Like You’ from ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. The Upper school audience and I were captivated. The students’ level of poise, confidence and talent were a joy to behold.
8 September,  2022 I am very fond of the expression ‘It takes a whole village to educate a child.’ Within that village it would be fair to say that teachers play an invaluable role. As this summer’s outstanding examination results and university destinations demonstrate, we have some of the most talented teachers in the world. As this new term begins, we welcome our teachers back and indeed those who are new to Harrow, Beijing. These teachers all range in age, background and experience. For some, it is their first time in China; for others, China is very much their permanent home. All have exceptional qualifications from universities including Oxford, Cambridge & New York. During their interviews, it was evident that they shared a common goal of wanting to bring the very best out in our students and that they were passionate about teaching and in particular getting the opportunity to teach at Harrow Beijing. Yesterday, as I took my daily walk through the corridors of the school both at Hegezhuang and City Campus, the classrooms were buzzing with activities and laughter. I was enthralled by the Year 1’s as they engaged in a very active mathematics lesson, whilst some of our new Lower Six got to grips with A Level Chemistry. Outside, I watched the football coaching get underway and the swimming pool was a hive of activities, as our pupils got to grips with the skills of water polo. I very much hope that over the coming weeks and months you will have the opportunity to meet these wonderful people and appreciate as I do what opportunities they provide for your children. —— Mrs Rachel Dent
There is no doubt in my mind that Harrow London is an extraordinary School. One of the main reasons for this is having a history which is 450 years old. Harrow was given its Royal Charter by Elizabeth I in 1572. From the outset the school’s founder John Lyon had a vision for what a Harrow education should be and in particular that it should be built around values and academic enrichment. Today as Harrow continues to flourish so do the children receiving this remarkable education. The present global pandemic has really reminded us all of the importance of courage, honor, humility, and fellowship. For example, I can never forget the joy when we were at last able to welcome back students to school and noting how much they enjoyed being back with their teachers. The community and fellowship at Harrow Beijing have never been stronger and I am immensely proud of all of my staff and pupils. This is a school which has grown together and where we are all committed to ensuring our students can flourish in a world which is changing with breath taking speed. Yet I am sure that John Lyon would be delighted to see our students showing the same joy in education as those first Harrow pupils. —— Mrs Rachel Dent, The Head
The Lower School is a bustling and busy environment where happy children are engaged, enthusiastic and eager to learn. We develop and nurture our students holistically to ensure that they have the skills to be successful, not only in their academic lessons but also their lives. Our curriculum is broad and our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of subjects. Outside of the school day students can participate in our Leadership in Action programme of after school activities. It is here that they can really develop their passions and interests and broaden their horizons learning new things, whilst collaborating with their peers. We hope to instill confidence, self-worth and courage in all of our students from a young age, supporting them to challenge themselves and thrive at school. —— Ms Sarah Davey, Head of Lower School
Welcome to Harrow Beijing Upper School! We offer a diverse and enriching educational pathway, which has a strong focus on academic excellence underpinned by outstanding pastoral care to ensure all of our students fulfil their potential. Harrow Beijing Upper School is a vibrant and energetic community, where everyone is encouraged and supported to be bold, to be challenged, and to be given every opportunity to live and embody the Harrow core values of Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship. Students begin their Upper School journey in the Prep Phase (Years 6 - 8), where they follow an innovative and enhanced curriculum, which is broad and balanced and promotes collaborative inquiry and is reflective of our very unique and special context within the world class city of Beijing. As they progress through the school, they have the opportunity to study a range of IGCSE subjects which eventually leads onto A Level study in the Sixth Form, which is the gold standard globally for entrance to the world’s leading universities. Throughout their academic journey, students are able to develop an impressive portfolio of activities through sports, the arts, academic competitions, and philanthropic work for which the Harrow name is synonymous. As a Harrovian, all students will have access to world class teaching and learning opportunities, which will offer them a unique global perspective proudly rooted in China. —— Mr Thomas Nolan, Head of Upper School
History & Traditions
Stet Fortuna Domus.
'May the fortune of the House stand.' For any institution to stand the test of time, it must be built on solid foundations. Harrow Beijing stands proudly and comfortably on the shoulders of the past with its parent school, Harrow School London, being...
Harrow Values
The values that Harrow School London upholds and that have remained at its core throughout its 450 years' old history and tradition are adopted to support a shared understanding of what it means to be a part of the wider Harrow family of schools.
Harrow Beijing Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care
Pastoral care is central to the school's educational provision. The pupils are provided with a tutor and are also managed within the school's House system. As such each pupil is very much managed by a team of experts including Assistant Heads, Pastoral Leads, expert Counsellors and Safeguarding Leads.
We want our pupils to lead happy and healthy lives. As such we offer a robust PSHE programme which is regularly reviewed to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our students.
We also very much recognize the value and importance of student voice. As such we have various student bodies including the Shaftesbury Society and our whole school student council.
At the heart of our pastoral care is our unwavering commitment to pupil safety. We hold it absolutely paramount: it is the foundation of everything we do. As such all of our staff are fully trained in safeguarding to an internationally recognized standard.
The House System
Harrow Beijing has six Houses. Each House is named after a leader who is known for having courage and determination.
Modelled on the Houses of Harrow School London, the House system at Harrow Beijing is central to our students’ wellbeing and all round development as they journey through their school career and progress into life beyond school.
On the first day they join the school, the students are sorted into a House. They develop a strong sense of belonging and allegiance to their House over the course of their time at Harrow Beijing. The House system is a fundamental ingredient allowing for House competitions, assemblies and activities. The emphasis is always on teamwork and fun.
John Lyon
Ju Ching Chu
Kong Zi
Song Qing Ling
On behalf of Asia International School Limited (AISL) – the holding company of all Harrow branded schools, Harrow International Management Services Limited (HIMS) oversees the running of Harrow Beijing. HIMS provides technical advice and assistance to support the management of the school.
Meet Our Team
Associated Leadership Team (ALT)
Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
Rachel Dent
Head of Harrow Beijing
Thomas Nolan
Head of Upper School
Sarah Davey
Head of Lower School
Dr. Tina Stephenson
Head of City Campus
Ian Steele
Head of Admissions & Marketing
John Hopkins
Assistant Head - External Relations
Rosemary Zhao
Assistant Head - Chinese Curriculum & Culture
Peter Lynch
Assistant Head - Safeguarding & Pupil Safety
Shelley Zhao
Assistant Head - Government Affairs and Public Relations
Jessie Pan
Director of Finance
Linda Wang
Head of Operations
Stella Du
Head of Human Resources
Work with Us
As a member of the Harrow family, Harrow Beijing has been in operation for over 17 years and is a vibrant and exciting place to work nestled in the capital city of China. As such it is a great place to either begin or develop your career.
We have a very close relationship with our founding school in London, in particular with the idea of providing an educational programme which combines the very best of a holistic education with high academic achievement.
All staff have the opportunity to engage in professional development and in particular a number of CPD initiatives. As part of the Harrow family there are group wide activities allowing staff to share good practice and experiences with staff working in London, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Haikou.
Harrow Beijing has two purpose-built state-of-the-art campuses, the City Campus and the Hegezhuang Campus. Nestled in a green and leafy community, the City Campus creates a welcoming start to school life from Early Years to Year 1. The bespoke design of the learning spaces strives to harvest curiosity, creativity and intellectual growth in our youngest minds. The Hegezhuang Campus is situated in a beautiful village near the airport express. It offers a fully customized learning environment with multi-functional spaces for students to have a fulfilling educational journey from Year 2 all the way up until Year 13.
City Campus
Hegezhuang Campus
School Building
School Building
School Playground
School Classroom
School Library
School Tree House
Tree Room
Arts Corner
Arts Corner
Harrow Beijing School Building
School Building
Lower School Classroom
Lower School Classroom
Upper School Classroom
Upper School Classroom
Harrow Beijing Theatre
Mini Theatre
Mini Theatre
Dining Hall
Dining Hall
Sports Hall
Sports Hall
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Tennis Court
Football Pitch
Football Pitch
School Bus
School Bus
Contact Us
City Campus
Main Reception
+86 10 6444 8100
Hegezhuang Campus
Main Reception
+86 10 6444 8900