ESF Peak School Review

This Mid Levels ESF primary school offers an International Baccalaureate education to students living in and around The Peak.
At a glance
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
No data
Availability 2023/24
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Annual fee average
HKD 119,000
Annual fees
HKD 119,100–119,100
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1911
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Bill Garnett
Owner
English Schools Foundation (ESF)

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ESF Peak School
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
No data
Availability 2023/24
No data
Annual fee average
HKD 119,000
Annual fees
HKD 119,100–119,100
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
Opening year
1911
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Bill Garnett
Owner
English Schools Foundation (ESF)
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This Mid Levels ESF primary school offers an International Baccalaureate education to students living in and around The Peak.

Peak School is a small two-form entry school with a total enrolment of 360 students. Located in The Peak, this primary school for Years 1 – 6 was founded in 1911 and became part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) group in 1979. Students represent 33 different nationalities and speak 19 languages, with English being the most common.

In line with all ESF primary schools, Peak 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. There are various leadership opportunities on the student council, and as eco monitors and house captains.

The well-equipped campus has a large playing field and sports court.

Admission and fees
As with all ESF schools, parents must live within the catchment area of Peak School. This includes the areas from Magazine Gap Road, May Road, Peak Road, Middle Gap Road, Coombe Road, Mansfield Road, Barker Road, the Peak area, Bowen Road and Borrett Road, all of Kennedy Road, Macdonnell Road and all Central District hotels.

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.

A full review will be posted shortly.

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