Jockey Club Sarah Roe School is dedicated to children aged five to 19 years with special needs and offers a curriculum that’s delivered by team of specialists in speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (JCSRS) is a purpose-built school for children with a wide range of individual needs, ranging from profound and multiple, complex learning disabilities to autism. The school, which is the only one of its kind within the English Schools Foundation (ESF) group, has 70 students aged five to 19 years.
A multi-disciplinary team of teachers, therapists and support staff deliver a curriculum in English that is aligned with the IB PYP curriculum, which is used in all mainstream ESF schools; this has been designed to help students “achieve their individual learning targets”. The JCSRS team includes speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, a physiotherapist and a music therapist.
Each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that focuses on literacy, numeracy, communication, personal and social education. The school also adopts modules from the ASDAN Towards Independence programme, which is designed specifically for young people who have learning difficulties and disabilities. ASDAN covers academic, personal, social, recreational and independence skills. The school also offers a programme of extra-curricular activities including swimming, football, dance and yoga.
In the school’s own words,
“We have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy as well as providing opportunities for independence through living skills, community learning and a vocational education programme.”
Founded in 1986, SRJCS is named after Sarah Roe, who was a well-known occupational therapist in Hong Kong, and the building was donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Facilities at the Kowloon City campus include a hydrotherapy pool, multi-sensory room, kitchen, sensory integration room, independent living skills room, art room, music and drama zone.
Admission and fees
Admission is decided by a panel of special educational needs advisers, educational psychologists, a school principal and SEN specialists from the learning support centres and Jockey Club Sarah Roe School.
Places are in short supply, and the school says,
“Given the limited provision for non-Chinese speaking children with special needs in Hong Kong, there is always a very long list of applicants wanting places in one of these provisions.”
The ESF sets standard fees for all its primary and secondary schools, including Jockey Club Sarah Roe School. This is HKD 111,200 for Years 1 to 3; HKD 93,900 for Years 4 to 6.; HKD 128,400 for Years 7 to 11 and HKD 135,000 for Years 12 to 13.
There is also a one-off non-refundable capital levy (NCL) which starts at HKD 38,000 in Year 1 and reduces to HKD 3,800 in Year 13.
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 1-3 will continue to be subsidised by the government; this helps to explain why Year 1-3 fees are higher than Years 4 to 6.
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