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At King George V School, our purpose is based on our belief that every student can ‘be their own remarkable…’ as they achieve, improve and learn. Our vision is to create a ‘school for one’. A place where each and every person engages in remarkable learning to achieve at high levels and be the best they can be.
Our school is also about continual improvement. As an agile school, we collaborate and innovate to make a difference in the communities we serve and lead. KGV School is part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), the largest provider of English-medium international education in Hong Kong.
KGV School reflects the goals of ESF where the comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities brings out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds. Our strategic intent is to be the key driver of best practice in teaching and learning. Our model of education is on the cutting-edge of global innovation producing excellent outcomes for our students.
King George V School originated as the Kowloon British School in 1902, moving to its present site in 1936. The present name dates from 1948. Today it serves students from Kowloon and the New Territories. It occupies a large site of over ten acres and has its own AstroTurf sports field and outdoor swimming pool. There are two new buildings completed in 2013 (Performing Arts and a Science Block) on the school site and an extensive Learning Resource Centre (LRC).
The school is well known for its commitment to developing all aspects of student life and it has a fine tradition in sport, music, drama, dance, community service, charity work and environmental sustainability. Our school has a very strong House system, which is run and inspired by our students and provides a wide range of learning opportunities and activities.
Our school is implementing the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7 to 9, after which the school delivers the IGCSE in Years 10 and 11. Students then progress to study either the IB Diploma Programme or the more vocationally oriented BTEC applied learning programme.
The school motto is Honestas Ante Honores: Honesty before Glory. Our alumni are passionate and connected to our school. We have a proud history and even more excited about our future as we strive to provide opportunities for each and every student to ‘be their own remarkable…’
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/
ESF serves 17,770 students who represent a range of ethnicities and over 75 nationalities.
HKSAR permanent residents
IGCSE/GCSEs, BTEC, IB Diploma
Please visit this website for public exam results of ESF students: www.esf.edu.hk/public-exam-results/
In 2017, 15 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 30.1 points compared to an average score of 35.8 for ESF students. For more information, please visit this website: www.esf.edu.hk/university-destinations/
We develop open-minded, well balanced learners through exploring values, using a range of styles to develop caring, principled learners in an inclusive environment.
Our interactive and collaborative approach to teaching allows our students to become intellectually curious and fulfil the IBO Learner Profile in an academically rigorous context.
We believe in a coherent learning experience where students can identify and appreciate the links between academic subjects and develop a range of skills that will facilitate lifelong learning. This is supported by our movement towards a skills-based curriculum, based on the IBO’s Approaches to Learning (ATLs), where the emphasis is on ensuring that students develop in the 5 key areas of:
Student learning is structured to ensure an ease of transition and includes two phases:
Middle School (Years 7-10) is where students study a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to develop our students into skilled, passionate and internationally-minded lifelong learners.
In Year 10, students begin studying (I)GCSEs that include the Core Curriculum of Mathematics, English, Science and ICT as well as students opting for subjects that create a balance between Languages, Individuals and Societies, Creativity and Technology.
Senior School (Years 11-13) is where students complete their (I)GCSEs and subsequently move towards studying the IB Diploma or taking a more vocational approach to learning through BTECs.
Subjects are organised into learning areas that reflect the structure of the IB Diploma and are also supported by the Access team.
Yes, for all years
Chinese and others
Learning Support Classes are available to cater for students with individual needs.
Yes, the Parents Teachers Students Association
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