Our History

Kellett School was founded in 1976, the Chinese Year of the Fire Dragon. The parent founders sought a high-quality, British-style education, rich in the Arts and in Sport. We are now an established, long-time stake-holder in Hong Kong, with a well-deserved reputation for excellence.


We have put together this interactive timeline to share how our School has grown over the years, click the event name to read on.


Kellett’s first Principal was Vivienne Steer, and the school’s first two classes had 44, mainly expatriate, children. From these first British, American, Australian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, Norwegian and Swedish families came the sense of community and fellowship that continues to thrive today.

By 1977, the school had tripled to 122 students and had relocated to leased premises in Tai Koo Shing. By then, Kellett School Association Limited had been established and officially registered with the Hong Kong Education Department as an International Kindergarten and Primary School.

Growing Together

In 1980, the school moved to a purpose built facility in Hong Kong’s Southern District of Wah Fu overlooking Kellett Bay. This facility is still there today and remains the home of the first of the two preparatory schools, known as Kellett School, Pok Fu Lam.

Vivienne led Kellett until her retirement in 1996 when Ann Mc Donald took over as Principal. Since the early days, Kellett has grown alongside Hong Kong. In August 2007, the school completed the sixth phase of its development, thus achieving the vision of its founders. A major extension and its associated renovations at the preparatory campus now provides an enviable range of facilities rarely found in a prep school of its size.

The Kellett Board then modified Kellett’s name to represent the school’s educational position within Hong Kong and the region. The school became Kellett School - The British International School in Hong Kong. This name reflects Kellett’s proud tradition of offering quality British style education to the English-speaking community of Hong Kong, for over thirty years, and clearly maps the future direction of the school.

In 2005, the growing shortage of local senior school places prompted the Board to extend the Pok Fu Lam school to age thirteen, offering pupils full UK Preparatory provision. Alongside this extension, the Board redoubled its efforts to secure a permanent Senior School site. In 2009, the school was awarded a temporary Senior site, to be shared with Elsa High School (Carmel School Association) in Shau Kei Wan, less than a kilometre from the Preparatory School's early site in Taikoo Shing. 

Expanding Further

Established in 2007, Kellett Senior School grew year by year at the site in Shau Kei Wan. The success of the school meant that once again the Board needed to consider how this additional provision could continue. By now the Kellett School Association had committed to extend to full Senior school provision (up to Year 13, 18 years of age) in order to offer A-level qualifications.

In August 2009, the Association was awarded by the Hong Kong Government a greenfield site in Kowloon Bay, to develop a new Preparatory School (in addition to the Pok Fu Lam Campus) and a purpose built four form Senior School.

Now, Kellett School Kowloon Bay's Senior School has seen its first cohort of Year 13s go off to top universities worldwide, and will look to continue and build upon this success in years to come. You can find out more about our campuses here.

Kowloon Bay Campus

Pok Fu Lam Campus

Here For Good

Kellett School is a stakeholder in Hong Kong and is very much a part of its neighbourhood and the wider community with whom it maintains excellent links. Over its history, it has experienced the highs and lows of Hong Kong’s development and yet it has been supported by a strong following of committed families, staff members, companies and others.

The school also enjoys active partnerships with other local and international schools, community groups, charities and government bodies and these add further strength to the school.

Offering Opportunity

In 2019 Ann Mc Donald OBE retired as Principal after 23 years at the helm. In recognition of her contribution to Kellett a fund for bursaries and scholarships was established, the Ann Mc Donald Fund. With a maturing Senior School and steadfast commitment to offer opportunity, Kellett aims to build an endowment fund to enable us to give more bursaries to more children for many years to come.

Ann Mc Donald was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2019 in recognition of her contribution to the education sector in Hong Kong. During her time at the school, Kellett grew from a small prep school to an all-through school with more than 1,300 students at two campuses. 

In August 2019, Mark Steed joined Kellett as Principal & CEO.