About Us

Situated in the pristine mountain environment of Appi Kogen, Iwate Ken, Harrow Appi is surrounded by nature: clean air, star filled skies and a healthy environment. One of the largest ski resorts in Japan, a 36-hole golf course, mountain bike and running trails, an indoor swimming pool and 18 tennis courts are on the doorstep for all our students.

In this environment, and our digital campus, Harrow Appi students will be inspired to do more, and to be more, than they ever thought possible. Mirroring the approach of Harrow School in the UK, the school’s setting provides for an outstanding balance for academic challenge and physical endeavour.

Whether studying Physics, practicing the flute or skiing fresh snow, academic excellence goes hand-in-hand with a profound connection to nature and to sporting and creative pursuits, allowing Harrow Appi students to become leaders for tomorrow.

The Harrow Appi Construction site - January 2021 - Progress is on schedule


PROJECT LEAD – Harrow appi

Previously Head at the British School Tokyo (BST, 2003 – 09) and, more recently, Harrow Bangkok, Michael (Mick) is the AISL Harrow Group Director of Operations. He has extensive educational and opreational experience in East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and is expert in school design, curriculum solutions, governance and educational leadership. He was vice Chair of FOBISEA and is a governor of several schools in the Harrow family.

Under his leadership a decade ago, BST was transformed; he more than doubed the enrollment, opened the ‘BST Showa’ Senior School campus and prepared the school to achieve an overall ‘outstanding’ judgement in an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection.

From 2012 to 2019, Mick also led Harrow Bangkok to outstanding success, with exceptional examination and university entrance results affirming the school’s world-class status. He led the school’s HBuild facilities redevelopment programme: opening a new Sixth Form Centre, Creative Arts Centre, Boarding Houses and Early Years Little Lions Centre. Again, the school’s roll significantly grew to a vibrant and diverse 1,600.

Of Harrow Appi, Mick says, ‘This is truly a unique and exciting project in the Asian educatinal landscape; combining our Harrow academic standards and close personal tutoring methods with full boarding in the Japanese mountains will prove to be a combination that garantees success for our students. I’m proud to say that, despite the pandemic, we remain on schedule for opening in great style in August 2022.’


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