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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. 

West Island School

West Island School is an ESF secondary school. Opened in 1991 West Island School received an Outstanding School Award from the Hong Kong Government in 2001. The school is an inclusive, co-educational centre which caters for 1,200 students from over 40 nationalities in a modern building overlooking The University of Hong Kong and the Cyberport. The school has a strong focus on the value of international mindedness and the importance of community. It has a reputation for compassion and for service beyond the classroom as well as for academic excellence. The school offers IGCSE, IBDP and vocational education courses in both the middle and upper years and students access excellent higher education courses worldwide. The school also has a Learning Support Centre for students with moderate special educational needs.  For the most able students the school offers enrichment opportunities as well as a specialised critical thinking course in the middle school. The school’s vision statement: “Strength from Diversity: Inspiring students to become responsible global citizens” reflects the values and ethos of the school.


Contact details



Tel: 28191962
Fax: 28167257


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 (2012),
  4. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (2012)

Southern District

Non-profit making

Y7-11 offers a broad range of subjects leading to GCSE, IGCSE, IB Diploma, Applied Learning Pathway and Work and Life Skills Pathway for students with special needs. Chinese is available as a foreign, second and first language.

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 schools’ 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.