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Inside Kellett School Hong Kong

Kellett School

Kellett School, The British International School in Hong Kong, was founded over 40 years ago as a not-for-profit association by parents looking to offer a British-style international education in Hong Kong. With a main campus in Pok Fu Lam catering to Primary, Kellett Secondary Section was formed in 2007 due to a high demand for places. The section started within a temporary site in Shau Kei Wan with goals to continue to extend their secondary division, building on year by year, all the way to Year 13 and a full secondary division. Following several unsuccessful bids for a permanent site on Hong Kong Island, the school was offered a spot across the pond – a 9,800sqm Greenfield site in Kowloon Bay – and accepted.


Kellett School


Kellett School

This generous space would be used to develop a four form Secondary Section and a new two form Primary Section. In 2009, design plans begun, by 2011 construction had started and Kellett Kowloon Bay welcomed its first students in September 2013. Now, just a few years after opening its doors, the purpose-built campus continues to grow, improve and gain success not only on the educational front, but also for its award-winning campus design and facilities.

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Kellett School


Kellett School

The design for Kowloon Bay came from the talent behind architecture firm P&T Architects and Engineers. In addition to all the things you’d expect to find inside a school, additional state-of-the-art facilities were included in the design. For example, a dance hall, a fully operational theatre, a CrossFit gym, a large artificial turf and multisport area including a running track on the ‘Sky Pitch’. The school’s swimming pool is also a state-of-the-art feature - with its depth being able to be adjusted to suit the appropriate swimming and age level with ease. 


Kellett School

Just last year, the campus received a nomination for the Quality Building Awards (QBA), in the ‘Hong Kong Non-Residential’ category. Up against the best of the best, Kellett's Kowloon Bay campus was recognised as a Merit Winner. Kellett has also won the International Property Award (IPA) for ‘Best Public Service Architecture Hong Kong’.

It’s not hard to see why - it feels less like a learning institute and more like an urban retreat. Classrooms have been cleverly designed inward on surrounding the building, utilising every inch of light and space. Each room offers a new vista of the outside Kowloon Bay area, bringing the outside, in. When not in the classroom, a sky-lit atrium lights up the school’s interiors even on the gloomiest of days. Earthy tones, clean lines and smooth corners surround the school. This earthy element is continued with real trees finding a home inside the school and on the roof’s garden.


Kellett School

Even empty space finds a use here. The main school entrance opens up to large bright walls that could feel static and boring, instead a projector works overhead, updating parents and students on the latest. It all feels very high-tech. The brightness helps to create an open atmosphere and comfortability that the word ‘school’ probably doesn’t conjure up for many. The interiors are welcoming, warm and inviting. The campus is beyond beautiful, that even the lockers have been masterfully crafted to suit the aesthetic of the building. They sure didn’t have those when I was growing up.  


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