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Kellett News: Awards, Appointments & Admissions [Updated June 2021]

Updated: Jul 11, 2022

June 2021: Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong, has been awarded COBIS

Kellett News

The School was fully compliant in all five areas:

  • Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment

  • Student Welfare

  • Facilities

  • Governance

  • Ethos & Values.

Compliance is the minimum requirement for COBIS membership and required a 2.5-day visit by one LIP (Lead Improvement Partner).

The school may opt for the next level of accreditation after 18 months which would include:

  • Learning & Teaching

  • Leadership in the School

  • Communication

  • Extra Curricula, Enrichment & Engagement

More about the standards here.

COBIS represents over 250 British international schools. COBIS membership is Kellett’s latest accreditation. Others include HMC (Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference), IAPS, the IndependentAssociation of Prep Schools, and FOBISIA, The Federation of British International Schools in Asia.

In Hong Kong, only Kellett and Nord Anglia International School are members.


Kellett School was honoured to win the British International category at the Independent Schools of the Year 2020 awards. 

On presenting the award Robin Fletcher, CEO of the Boarding Schools Association, noted Kellett's sustained promotion of British educational values and cultivating well-being through Postively Kellett. 

Remarking on the win, Mark Steed, Kellett Principal & CEO, acknowledged the hard work and resilience of the whole Kellett community in what has been a challenging year. "This is a wonderful and deserving acknowledgement of the dedication of our staff, the resilience of our students and the exceptional support we have had from our parents over the past 12 months. My thanks go out to our whole community and the Independent School Parent. Nothing is more important to us than the well-being of our students. It is the bedrock of our academic success and drives our decision-making at every turn."

Chairman of the Board of Governors Peter Goulston said, "This is fantastic recognition of a wonderful school that I am extremely proud to be a part of. My warmest congratulations to each and every member of staff who collectively make Kellett an exceptional place for students to achieve great grades, but more importantly to flourish as individuals." 

Positively Kellett is the school's well-being programme which is taught explicitly to each school year through a bespoke curriculum developed in conjunction with the Institute of Positive Education. 


Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong, is delighted to announce that, after an international recruitment process, Mrs Samantha Steed has been appointed as the new Head of School for the Kowloon Bay Preparatory School, at the end of this academic year.

Mrs Steed, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, brings over 20 years of Primary and Early Years education experience to Kellett, including three headships in international and UK independent schools, and as an Early Years Inspector for the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Announcing the news to the Kellett community, Peter Goulston, Chair of the Kellett Board, remarked, ‘The Board and I are delighted with Samantha’s appointment. Kellett continues to attract world-class school leaders, and we are lucky to have found a leader of her calibre to join the Kellett team.’

Samantha Steed’s experience

  • Director of Education for Lower School at Harrow International Schools Ltd, member of the team responsible for the successful opening of five new schools across South East Asia

  • Founding School Principal of Ranches Primary School in Dubai, established in 2015

  • Head of Berkhamsted Pre-Prep, and on the Executive of the Berkhamsted Schools Group, where Mark Steed was Principal

  • Head of Haresfoot Preparatory School, Hertfordshire

  • Deputy Head at Prospect School, Putney

  • Began her teaching career at Holy Trinity School, London

In response to her appointment Samantha Steed said, ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the incoming Head of Kowloon Bay Preparatory School. The current Head Jo Laufer, and her team of experienced educators have established a community deeply invested in the futures of each and every child. I am committed to this compelling vision and I look forward to engaging with the Kowloon Bay Prep team to continue to develop the educational priorities for the coming years.’ 


Kellett was established in 1976 and now operates over two sites; the Pok Fu Lam campus houses a Prep School and the Kowloon Bay campus contains a Prep and Senior School. The Kellett community includes over 1400 students from over thirty different countries.

Kellett follows the the English National Curriculum, starting with the Early Years Foundation Stage and progressing through the key stages to GCSE/ IGCSE and A-levels.

If you are interested in learning more about Kellett School or any other private/international school in Hong Kong, please get in touch :


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