Meet The Head: Paul Tough – Principal & CEO, Kellett School

Read On For Advice On Your Child's Education!

Paul Tough Head Kellett Hong Kong

Kellett School is a place where children develop a love of learning and find confidence! This British international school has two locations: there’s a prep school in Pok Fu Lam and a prep and senior school in Kowloon Bay.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Kellett School, you can take a virtual tour of their campuses or email them to check availability for upcoming tours, which take place every Tuesday!

In the Little Steps interview with Paul Tough, Principal & CEO of Kellett School, you can get to know their Headmaster!

Here, Paul talks about his love of Aesop’s Fables, what inspired him to be a Principal and reveals how to become more engaged in your child’s education…

  • Guide to mid levels Hong Kong

    About the Head

    Do you have a nickname?
    Mr T (from the 80’s TV series The A-team)

    Where were you born and where did you grow up?
    Before moving to Tokyo, I lived in Hong Kong for 20 years and consider it my second home. I have lived in many districts of Hong Kong in the past, but currently, I live in the Mid-Levels.

    What's in your lunchbox?
    I am terrible at preparing lunch in advance, so I tend to grab something to eat on the go.


  • Aesops Fables

    Head’s Background

    What or who inspired you to become a Head?
    My parents were secondary school teachers, and I had an inspiring history teacher when at school. All three sparked my interest in teaching, although several former Principals and Headmasters have inspired me to follow in their footsteps.

    Describe your school in 5 words or less
    A community committed to excellence.

    What's your favorite thing on your desk and why?
    I keep a copy of Aesop's Fables on my desk, which my parents gave me as a child. The various short stories are a simple guide to help with daily life.

    What are your 3 favorite children's books? 
    As a child, I loved Roald Dahl's books. James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, and Fantastic Mr Fox were my favourites.


  • Exterior Kellett School Hong Kong

    Sound Advice

    What is the best way for parents to be involved in their children’s education?
    There must be a shared responsibility between parents and schools working together to support students. Depending on schedules and commitments, it's important that parents take an interest in home learning, model desired behaviours (with mobile devices, for example) and provide ongoing encouragement.

    They can also get involved in the life of the school by attending school events and communicating with teachers.  Above all, be present and interested in what your child is doing at school.

    Any tips for parents when applying for schools?
    Do your research and ask many questions about the schools you're interested in. Take note of your child’s interests, passions, and skills and find schools in which your child would excel, not just those that look good.

    Make sure to consider all factors. It is essential to seek schools that encourage a well-rounded education and environment that would benefit your child’s personal growth academically, mentally, and physically. A child’s well-being and happiness is essential for success.

    What's the best advice a teacher or Head ever gave you?
    Never be afraid to fail, and always treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.



Where To Find It:​

Additional Info:​



Pok Fu Lam Prep School [Reception – Y6] - 2 Wah Lok Path, Wah Fu, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong


Kowloon Bay Prep [Reception – Y6]  & Senior School [Y7 – Y13]  -  7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

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