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ESF Island School Q & A

This learning path at this Hong Kong Island secondary school combines IGCSEs and the IBDP with an innovative and unique curriculum that gives students a huge degree of choice.
At a glance
School phase
Secondary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
not_interested No
Availability 2021/22
not_interested No
Annual fee average
HKD 136,000
Annual fees
HKD 133,800 - 140,700
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1967
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Stephen Loggie
Owner
English Schools Foundation (ESF)
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the ESF Island 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.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

At Island School we do something different. Our focus is on igniting a passion for learning in every student. Teaching students facts and figures is no longer enough for them to succeed once they enter higher education and the workforce. We encourage students to problem solve, question and think creatively with new concepts and ideas. Students are encouraged to become resourceful, adaptable and confident learners.

Island School students come from all over the world and central to our international heritage is the celebration and understanding of each other’s’ cultures.

Students learn to care for each other, for the environment and for other people through our rich co-curricular programme and the family atmosphere of the House system.

Our academic record is excellent with students going on to the foremost universities and colleges in the world. You will find details of the curriculum and qualifications on offer on our website. In the senior years students can choose to study IB Diploma, IB Careers and BTEC courses. Island School prepares students for these qualifications with a broad based middle school curriculum including IGCSEs and a wide range of exciting options in our unique Futures curriculum. Our aim is to help students develop a passion for learning in a range of areas, whether it be Law or Robotics and Coding or Music producing.

Currently Island School is going through a period of redevelopment. The building at Borrett Road which was Island School’s home for 50 years is now being redeveloped, during this time the Island School community is using two temporary campuses in Sha Tin. Temporary campuses in 2019/20: Island School Sha Tin Wai (Years 7, 8, 12, 13): Pok Hong Estate, Area 5A, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong Island School Tai Wai (Years 9, 10, 11): Sun Chui Estate, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

For parents wishing their children to enter Year 7, Central Application is open from 1 to 23 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?

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

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

Yes

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, for Years 7 to 11

What is your medium of instruction?

English

Which other languages are taught?

Chinese and others

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

IGCSE/GCSEs, BTEC, IB Diploma

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

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/

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.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in 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?

Please visit this website for public exam results of ESF students: www.esf.edu.hk/public-exam-results/

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

Yes

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

Yes

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, the Parents Teachers Association

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

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