Is a British international school the way forward for your kids? From the English National Curriculum to GCSE and IGCSE programmes, there are plenty of British international schools in Hong Kong to choose from.
Hong Kong is home to some of the best British international schools in the world. Whether you’re a British expat, hoping to send your kids off to a UK boarding school, or simply looking for a solid, well-rounded curriculum, a school offering the British curriculum for your kids could be the way to go (especially if you’ve not been sure about calling Hong Kong your permanent home). Here is a list of some of the best British schools in Hong Kong offering a British education.
Anfield School – Inclusive international school with campuses across Hong Kong
Celebrating 25 years in Hong Kong this year, Anfield School has inclusive international kindergartens in Kowloon Tong and Whampoa. These kindergartens offer a through-train programme to the primary school in Tai Wai as well as a Special Educational Needs primary school in Yuen Long. It aims to educate students in Hong Kong by encouraging creativity and personal growth through a high-quality British education. At Anfield, each child is given a solid foundation of learning which instils a sense of self-confidence and self-belief. Rest assured, your child will learn in a safe, nurturing and developmentally supportive learning environment.
Harrow International School – British international boarding school in Hong Kong
Harrow International School is both a day school and an international boarding school, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Its education is based on the same characteristics as Harrow in the UK while it attempts to create a balance between Western and Eastern traditions here in Hong Kong.
Kellett School – British school in Hong Kong that is rich in arts and sports
Established in 1976, the Kellett School was built by parent founders who wanted an English school that was also rich in arts and sports. The international school has kept with the parent founding tradition in that every family with a child enrolled in the school becomes a member of the Kellett School Association, meaning that each member can contribute to its development.
Oxbridge British School – Small class sizes, special needs centre and more
Oxbridge School provides students with a modern campus and specialises in the National Curriculum of England and Wales. It also supports students with English as a Second Language to access its British curriculum. You’ll find small class sizes, great sports facilities, specialist teaching rooms, and a dedicated Gifted and Special Needs centre.
Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) – Inclusive British school in Hong Kong
Offering a British curriculum and located on the picturesque Lantau Island, Discovery Bay International School offers the English National Curriculum for reception, kindergarten, primary, and secondary students. DBIS also promotes inclusivity, with programmes for special needs students, occupational and speech therapy, as well as English as an Additional Language (EAL) support.
Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong – British preparatory school with a variety of extracurricular activities
Wycombe Abbey is a quintessentially British prep school in Hong Kong (Year 1 through to Year 8) complemented by an exceptional Chinese language syllabus. It provides a broad holistic education based on the British National Curriculum of England and Wales and offers over 50 extracurricular activities.
Lantau International School (LIS) – The greenest British school in Hong Kong
Established in 1995, the Lantau International School is an English international school (for 4 to 11-year-old children) based on Lantau island. With its gorgeous and lush location, this international British school touts itself as the “greenest school in Hong Kong” offering learning activities that embrace the wonderful outdoors and small class sizes.
Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong (NAIS) – Unique extracurricular activities at this British school
The Nord Anglia International School offers the British National Curriculum as well as the IGCSE and IB Diploma at its Lam Tin (primary school), Kwun Tong (secondary school) and Sai Kung (early years) campuses. It also collaborates with The Juilliard School, MIT and UNICEF to offer unique and innovative extra-curricular activities.
Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong – Flexible learning environment
Shrewsbury International School was founded in the UK by the Royal Charter in 1552 (that’s 450 years of experience!) and aims to offer a standout British international education taught by the finest teachers and staff. Following the English National Curriculum, its flexible learning environment encourages participation and strategic thinking.
English Schools Foundation (ESF) – International school with IGCSE and GCSE programmes
While not solely focused on the British National Curriculum of England and Wales, ESF Hong Kong offers secondary school students the opportunity of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and GCSE qualifications recognised in the UK. Students also have the option to study in the IB programme.
Discovery Mind – British education from 15 months through to primary
Discovery Mind offers British education programmes for children as young as 15 months through to primary. The school wants to offer its students something progressive, multi-dimensional and multinational while basing its curriculum on the English standard.
Invictus School Hong Kong – British international school with affordable fees
Invictus School Hong Kong offers both international and local students quality education with affordable fees. Students are offered a bilingual IEYC and IPC curriculum in kindergarten and primary school, before progressing to the English medium secondary school that offers the IGCSE and A-Levels.
Other British International Schools In Hong Kong Offering British Education Programmes
- International College Hong Kong — Offers the IGCSE and BTEC for Years 11 and 12 followed by the IB Diploma. www.ichk.edu.hk
- Yew Chung International School (YCIS Hong Kong) – The secondary school follows the framework of the English National Curriculum and it offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). www.ycis-hk.com
- Singapore International School (SIS Hong Kong) – While the school doesn’t follow the English National Curriculum, students can take the IGCSE programme. www.singapore.edu.hk
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Danielle Roberts and updated most recently in February 2024 by Najuka Redkar. Special thanks to Jessica Mizzi for her contribution.