British public school Wycombe Abbey opened a new primary school on Hong Kong Island in September 2019, offering a bilingual education for Grades 1-6 at its campus in the Southern District of Tin Wan.
Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong is the latest in a growing line of British public schools to open in Hong Kong. The new primary school opened in the Southern District's Tin Wan in September 2019.
The school is currently enrolling Grades 1-6 (five to 10 years), and it will deliver a bespoke British curriculum that blends the UK National Curriculum with the Hong Kong curriculum; it promises "excellence in Chinese language and culture".
This is an English-medium school where Chinese is "taught as a discrete subject in every year group", with a similar number of lessons located to English, Chinese and maths every week.
The new school is the second international opening for this leading UK independent school, which opened Wycombe Abbey International School, Changzhou in China in 2016. There are also plans to open Wycombe Abbey International School Hangzhou in September 2020.
Founded more than 120 years ago, Wycombe Abbey UK is a selective, all-through boarding school for girls that has a reputation for its academic rigour and outstanding A Level results. Its sister school in Hong Kong is a co-ed primary day school, although there are long-term plans to open a secondary school here as well.
Founding headmaster Howard Tuckett moved to Hong Kong after spending the last 13 years as head of prep at Caterham School in Croydon, UK. He says:
"Our vision is to give many generations of Hong Kong children the opportunity to benefit from a truly exceptional education. This education will draw on the very best teaching practices and traditions of Wycombe Abbey in the UK, a school that is recognised internationally as one of the UK’s finest independent academic schools.
"Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong hopes to provide Hong Kong children of primary school age with an outstanding education during their most crucial formative years. We aim to prepare our pupils for entry into the finest independent secondary schools in the world."
Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong is a bilingual school that immerses students in both Mandarin Chinese and English, and the main language of instruction will be English. As well as offering daily Chinese lessons every day, teachers follow a maths curriculum that "blends the best of traditional Chinese and British teaching methods".
The school is open to all children living in Hong Kong, and promises to deliver a "firm grounding in the Chinese language and culture, while developing total fluency in English".
Subjects covered in the UK-based curriculum include the core subjects, ICT, art and music, geography, history, music, speech and drama, STEM, PE and PSHE. The school also promises to offer "an inspiring choice of different activities, from individual and team sports to creative arts, music, drama and much, much more, in an exciting range of teams, clubs and societies."
Admission and fees
Annual tuition fees are at the higher end of the scale – HKD 188,000 for Grades 1-5 and HKD 193,000 for Grade 6, and there is an annual capital levy of approximately HKD 35,000 per annum.
Parents can apply now for the 2019-20 academic year. As part of the admissions process, there will be an "age-appropriate assessment" in English and Mandarin, and then an interview with the founding headmaster Howard Tuckett.
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