One of ESF’s smallest primary schools, Gleanealy is a popular Mid Levels school with families looking for a well-rounded IB education.
Describing itself as a “small school with a big heart”, Gleanealy School has become part of the local community over the past 50 years. A member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) group, Glenealy School is a small two-form entry primary school with just 350 students. Located in Hong Kong’s Mid Levels, the school says that its small size allows it to “offer a personal and flexible approach to meeting the needs of our learners.”
In line with all ESF primary schools, Glenealy School follows the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). All subjects – English, maths, social studies, science, and the arts – are taught within the context of the IB Programme of Inquiry. This road map for education looks at Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organise Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet. As well as daily Chinese lessons, the school’s curriculum has a very healthy dose of technology, creative arts, and PE.
Admission and fees
As with all ESF schools, parents must live within the catchment area of Glenealy School. This includes the areas from Mid Levels including Old Peak Road, Tregunter Path, Conduit Road, Hatton Road, Po Shan Road, Robinson Road up to and including 70 on the even side and 95 on the odd side (the junction with Castle Road), Upper Albert Road, Albany Road, Garden Road and Cotton Tree Drive.
The ESF sets standard fees for all its primary schools, which is HKD 111,200 for Years 1 to 3 and HKD 93,900 for Years 4 to 6. There is also a one-off non-refundable capital levy (NCL) which starts at HKD 38,000 in Year 1 and reduces to HKD 28,000 in Year 6.
While ESF schools are not as cheap as they used to be, following the phase out of government subsidies from 2016, they still offer a more affordable education when compared to most international schools in Hong Kong. The ESF will see the withdrawal of its annual HKD 283 million subsidy from the government over the next 13 years. In 2018-19, all year groups except Years 1 to 3 will continue to be subsidised by the government; this helps to explain why Years 1 to 3 fees are higher than Years 4 to 6.
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