Students are encouraged to become “responsible global citizens” as part of the mission of the school. Training for leadership roles within the school and beyond is a strength which the school believes heralds access to better choices beyond Year 13. Over 200 activities are offered termly and one week annually focuses exclusively on CAS projects within Asia. The school has a unique one to one tutoring model where students meet individually with their tutor to consider academic progress and commitment to CAS.
Language Of Instruction
GCSE/IGCSEs, IB Diploma, Applied Learning Programme (BTEC qualifications)
Hong Kong Permanent Residents: 75%, Over 70 nationalities are represented including British, Australian, American, Indian, East Asian, Canadian, Chinese, etc.
Application & Deadline
*Determined by ESF at time of initial online application
The ESF system places children in Year Group according to their date of birth (1 January – 31 December). Children usually start Year 7 during the calendar year in which they turn 11.
Applications for entry are made through the Online Admission System (OAS) accessed via the ESF website (http://www.esf.edu.hk/our-schools). For Year 1 and Year 7, application is made during a strictly limited period, September 1 to 30 of the year before they enter school. A few late applications are received each year.
Students can only apply to the school of zone according to their Hong Kong residential address. Students from overseas can only apply to the school of zone for their expected area of residence in Hong Kong. Applicants from Hong Kong and applicants from overseas have equal status. Zones are adjusted from time to time in the light of changing numbers.
Individual and Corporate Nomination Rights provide a fast track route for children into ESF schools, providing they meet the entry requirements. Please refer to details here: http://www.esf.edu.hk/esf-nomination-rights
Applicants must demonstrate through interview and assessment that they are capable of engaging with an English medium curriculum. Applicants learning and social skills, together with their ability to cooperate with adults and other children, will be taken into consideration.
At interview, students’ potential for language learning will be explored as well as their ability to engage and succeed within the curriculum being offered at the school.
For secondary and older primary students, applicants' academic background, previous school reports and supporting documents will also be taken into account. Applicants must be able to demonstrate appropriate social skills, behavioural responsibility and the principles of good citizenship.
A parent statement and an interview with parents contribute to the school’s decision making process.