All About US
Justine Barlow

We are a Private School, offering Non-Formal Curriculum for students of all abilities, and comprises a teaching staff of both primary and secondary teachers. We offer courses on a full time and part time basis. 

A non-selective, not for profit organisation, we are proud to be the only Education Centre in Hong Kong where children are taught alongside one another, regardless of background, level of achievement, language and/or 


What does Private School Offering Non-Formal Curriculum Mean?

At HKILA, it means that although we offer a full range of curriculum subjects, we only charge tuition fees for English, Maths, Science, History and Geography classes. This allows parents to choose the level of provision they sign their children up for, either full or part-time.

At HKILA, we really do offer a big school experience in a small school setting.  We continually monitor and assess our students' progress using our online UK assessment programme Classroom Monitor and report back to parents 3 times per year.

Our teaching staff are subject to the same approval criteria as those in formal settings, as is our curriculum for English, Maths, Science, History and Geography.  Our classrooms are also inspected and approved for operation by Hong Kong's Building, Fire and Health Departments.

Justine Barlow, Head of School



Empirical evidence backs up the theory that small school settings are optimal for learning. The Research suggests that in small learning communities teachers are able to collaborate more to share information which helps students. Students are more visible and their strengths and weaknesses are easier to identify. Statistically, small classes have better attendance records, better involvement from parents and happier students. A recent article on the UK teaching website TES, states that the high quality immediate feedback students receive from small group settings or one-to-one tutoring is the most effective way to teach new skills; think of learning to drive or learning the piano. This 'master-apprentice' relationship is a powerful educational model, and lends itself more easily to small school settings than to large. 



- Pippa Hall, Playtimes Magazine (March, 2017)

Decisive Behaviour and the 3Rs
We believe that education does not begin and end with the academics.  We recognise and actively address important issues such as rights, responsibilities and ownership of behaviour and we acknowledge that we as adults have a reponsibility to explicitly teach our pupils what is expected of them. We aim to do this through our Dimensions Decisive Behaviour Policy and the 3Rs, Respect, Resilience and Responsibility.