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Elite Malvern College to accept mainly expats

Malvern College will reserve 90pc of places for foreign passport holders

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 5:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 8:30am
 

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A top British public school is eyeing a Tai Po site in a fresh attempt to launch a primary section in Hong Kong.

Locals seeking a place for their children, however, will be largely left out of the enrolment process at the prestigious Worcestershire-based Malvern College.

The school says it will set aside up to 90 per cent of its places for pupils with foreign passports - more than the government's 70 per cent minimum requirement under its new round of land allocation for international schools to ease a shortage of places.

"The priority would be for international families," Antony Clark, headmaster of the 149-year-old independent school in England, said.

"We would look very favourably upon families who are coming in [to Hong Kong] and struggling to find the appropriate schools for their children."

Civic Party lawmaker Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok said international schools should also "cater for local needs" as the sites they used were public resources.

"It's about a balancing act," Chan said. "The 70:30 ratio is meant to provide adequate choices [for local parents]."

In late March, the Education Bureau rolled out two vacant school premises and three undeveloped sites in Tai Po, Sai Kung and Southern districts for international schools. Successful bidders usually enjoy nominal rents or favourable land premiums.

The city expects a shortfall of some 4,200 primary places at international schools by 2016. To ease the problem, the bureau granted three abandoned school premises last year to educational operators.

Malvern lost out then but is now eyeing the new sites - in particular one covering 6,200 square metres near the Science Park in Tai Po - to build a school for pupils aged six to 11.

The planned school would initially enrol 300 pupils, said Jacqueline So, principal of the college's secondary section in Qingdao , Shandong .

Malvern intends to charge annual tuition fees of up to HK$160,000.

If the college succeeds in winning a site, it will be the second famous British boarding school to have a campus in Hong Kong, after Harrow International School, which opened its doors in Tuen Mun in 2012.

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goelmamta
When they say foreign passport, it means non-HKSAR passport holders? I think there's a big community of kids who are of a foreign background.. yet hold the SAR passport... so least to cater to them.. there should be some local quota allowed in each school.
Also, lots of say "local" kids with foreign or dual passports!
anson
There should not be any segregation in Hong Kong education.
allan94
i think the school should be allowed to do whatever it wants as long as no tax payer money is used to subsidize their business.
rpasea
Fair enough except the land these schools sit on is heavily subsidized by govt. The bigger issue here is why are local schools so inadequate?
chanaa
hilarious. normal HK residents without any international passports are now the **** of the society. Trapped between the rich mainlanders & western expats.
Carparklee
No one can treat you as anything bad unless you tend to think you are.
chanaa
very deep thinking confucius
OldPeak Toad
Would maybe all international schools disclose how may of their 'expats' are actually Hongkies, Vancouvies, Toronties, and so on? Not that I have anything against it, but it might put the whole discussion about shortage of international schools in a different light.
chaz_hen
It's kind of irrelevant as having a foreign pp AND the ability to pay the fees are all that matter. I suspect most "expats" in HK are actually Westernized Chinese HKers who have been in HK long-term in various executive positions.
Their kids will go to international schools, leave for uni, and then come back to HK in junior/middle positions after graduation and populate SoHo, LKF, Mid levels, etc. as evidenced by the clear and concise usage of English by young Asian faces in those places. Then they'll settle down, start families and restart the cycle.
Now I wonder if a mainland Chinese person working in HK, say as a high up in a bank, would be eligible to send his/her kid to one of the many HK international schools?
chuchu59
Personally I see nothing wrong with the school reserving 90% of its places for children of international families. Expats are increasingly finding it difficult to find school places for their children. That said, I do not know much about the school fees charged by Malvern. Is it expensive?

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