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Individual School Profile

This page is compiled by the Education Bureau based on voluntary contributions by the schools and their return to the annual enrolment survey conducted by the Education Bureau.  Any enquiries should be addressed to the schools direct.


                                 About ESF

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest provider of English-medium international education in Hong Kong. Our 22 schools and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities bring 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. 

There are more than 17,000 students from about 60 different nationalities in ESF schools, Private Independent Schools and kindergartens. About 70% of our students have parents who are permanent residents of Hong Kong. 

Island School

Island School offers 1,200 students a wide selection of courses, so that they can find and follow their passions. There is a focus on student wellbeing and extra-curricular activities. Our 50 year history means there is a large Island School network and community that supports students and graduates. From January 2018 Island School will be moving to two temporary campuses in Sha Tin until completion of the in-situ redevelopment project at the Borrett Road campus.

Address: 20 Borrett Road, Hong Kong (Campus under redevelopment) 

From January 2018, Island School will be based at :

Sha Tin Wai Pok Hong Estate temporary campus – Years 7, 8, 12 & 13
Tai Wai Sun Chui Estate temporary campus - Years 9,10 &11

For other campus(es) of the school, please go to: 
ISLAND SCHOOL (Sha Tin Wai Campus)

Remark: Places offered below in the table refers to the number of places offered by the whole school.


Contact details



Tel: 25247135
Fax: 28401673


Age of students

Primary medium of instruction


Year of establishment

ESF Secondary





School fees (HKD)  2019/20 school year

133,800-140,700  MORE
Operating Classes Y7 Y8 Y9 Y10 Y11 Y12 Y13
Annual School Fees in HK$ 133,800 133,800 133,800 133,800 133,800 140,700 140,700
Age 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Accreditation (Year of last review)




  1. International Baccalaureate Organisation (2012),
  2. BTEC (2014),
  3. Council of International Schools (2016),
  4. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (2011)

Central & Western District

Non-profit making

Problem solving, creativity and communication skills are a focus of our curriculum. A wide selection of courses means that students can follow their passions. Students sit IGCSE exams and then choose the Applied Learning Pathway or the IB Diploma.

Special arrangement for incoming families

It is possible for online applications to be submitted for admissions to ESF while families are overseas and before relocation to Hong Kong. The ESF introduced the Nomination Rights scheme in November 2012 to facilitate any family wishing to ‘fast track’ on a school’s wait list. Corporate Nominees gain first priority for admissions. Individual Nomination Rights Nominees will gain a priority behind siblings. All applicants are required to satisfy our entry requirements for admissions. Please refer to the ESF website for details:

Support for students with special education needs Financial assistance / scholarship Facilities for hire

Learning Support Centre for students with moderate learning difficulties

ESF’s Financial Assistance Scheme is available for families who have encountered “sudden and unexpected” change of circumstances during the period of 12 months immediately prior to date of application.

Please contact the school for further details.