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ESF Beacon Hill School Q & A

Part of the ESF group, Beacon Hill School delivers a IB-focused primary education to students living in Hong Kong’s New Territories.
At a glance
School type
English schools foundation
School phase
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2021/22
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Availability 2022/23
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Annual fee average
HKD 113,000
Annual fees
HKD 98,500–115,800
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Opening year
School year
Aug to Jun
Brenda Cook
English Schools Foundation (ESF)
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Welcome to the ESF Beacon Hill School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?


What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

Our Vision
To be a happy, diverse and inclusive community where everybody has confidence to aspire to be the best they can be, now and in the future.

Our Mission
- We create a safe, caring and supportive environment enabling purposeful challenge through a dynamic and rigorous curriculum
- We inspire and develop creativity and academic potential
- We encourage global and social responsibility
- We foster independence in thought and action

Beacon Hill School is part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), the largest provider of English-medium international education in Hong Kong. Beacon Hill School was founded in 1967 and moved to its present location in 1968. It occupies a well-equipped seven storey building and has classroom space to accommodate a three form entry. There are a number of special purpose rooms that are state of the art; these include a fully equipped drama studio, music rooms, learning technologies room, art room and library.

Beacon Hill School staff is made up of dedicated professionals providing an all-round education of the very highest quality academically, creatively and socially ensuring that each child has the opportunity to reach their potential. The students come to us from many countries and this international mix adds a great deal to the atmosphere and the richness of the school experience. An active Parent Teacher Association and School Council support our school ensuring the school achieves its aims.

Beacon Hill School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorised to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP). We have single-subject teachers for learning technology, PE, music and Mandarin. We encourage the development of creativity amongst our students and place a strong emphasis on the arts. Our students also experience cutting-edge technology learning, such as virtual reality art creation, 3D printing or coding. We are well resourced with 1:1 Chrome books for students in Years 3 to 6. We have a strong focus on language, both in the Mandarin and English literacy provision. We are an inclusive school with 21 students with more moderate special educational needs. These students are catered for within the mainstream classes with additional learning support teachers and educational assistants. We offer a range of programmes to depending on the needs of the students, such as a Perceptual Motor Programme, Social Thinking, Friends for Life, B2 – Social/ Emotional tracking system, Fine Motor and individualised sensory programmes. Our SEN provision is world leading.

For parents wishing their children to enter Year 1, Central Application is open from 1 to 30 September of the year before they want their children to enter the school. Application for all years are open throughout the year. Applicants will be invited to an admissions interview when places become available. Please check this website for immediate or expected student places: www.esf.edu.hk/applyesf-school/

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

ESF serves 17,770 students who represent a range of ethnicities and over 75 nationalities.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

HKSAR permanent residents

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?


Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

In 2019, 23 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide. The average score worldwide was 29.8 points compared to an average score of 35.6 for ESF students. For more information, please visit this website: www.esf.edu.hk/university-destinations/

Is there a school uniform?


Which languages are taught at your school - please detail any as a first as well as second language?

Chinese and others

Do you have a learning support team in your school?


Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

Learning Support Classes are available to cater for students with individual needs.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?


Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?


Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?


Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?


Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?


Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?


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