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  • Apr 18, 2014
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English Schools Foundation

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) operates five secondary schools, nine primary schools and a school for students with special educational needs across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. It is the largest international educational foundation in Asia. 

Spend ESF subsidy on children with special needs, says foundation boss

The government could strengthen education for children with special needs by reallocating the annual HK$283 million subsidy it will remove from the English Schools Foundation, ESF chief executive Belinda Greer says.

Monday, 7 April, 2014, 10:58am

ESF boss hoping to build bridges with the local education sector

The English Schools Foundation's chief executive Belinda Greer says she hopes her group can bring new ideas developed overseas to the education sector in Hong Kong, and develop partnerships between local, ESF and international schools.

7 Apr 2014 - 4:54am

Discovery College sizes up new ESF chief as school fees rise - again

Three months into the new school year, parents at Discovery College on Lantau are still paying fees at last year's levels, having blocked a 7.6 per cent rise. That changes next month with the government approving the increase from December, although questions remain over the finances of the independent school operated by the English Schools Foundation.

19 Nov 2013 - 8:42am

ESF's new chief executive Belinda Greer looks to boost efficiency

When the Education Bureau announced in June that subsidies to the English Schools Foundation would be phased out from 2016, it seemed inevitable that the ESF would turn into a network of international schools – with the attendant high tuition charges.

19 Nov 2013 - 10:13am

I’ll emigrate when there’s no more freedom of speech in Hong Kong, says ESF ace pupil

After a stellar performance in the British and international secondary exams, Justin Cheng Yan-yiu, 16, should be looking forward to a good career and life in his home city. But the English Schools Foundation pupil, who scored eight straight A*s in the General Certificate of Secondary Education and its international equivalent, says he is so disillusioned with Hong Kong's divided society that he might consider emigrating.

5 Sep 2013 - 8:38am 12 comments

Overpricing English-medium schools could hurt Hong Kong's future, say critics

As his two daughters enjoy their summer holiday, architect Marcin Klocek has school on his mind. The prospect of soaring fees at international schools has left him contemplating sending his children back to his native Poland for their education.

28 Jul 2013 - 5:56pm 47 comments

Legco on ESF subsidy: why didn't you ask us?

Lawmakers expressed sadness yesterday over the government's "short-sighted and immoral" decision to end its subsidy to the English Schools Foundation.

10 Jul 2013 - 7:25am 4 comments

Hong Kong ESF students ace exams to outshine peers in global IB diploma

Some 850 pupils from six English Schools Foundation secondary schools who sat the examination for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in May notched up an average score of 34.6. And six of them got perfect scores of 45.

9 Jul 2013 - 9:22am 2 comments

ESF parents mull taking loss of subsidy to court

A group of parents may seek a judicial review of the Education Bureau's decision to phase out a subsidy for the English Schools Foundation if the legislature passes the plan next month.

30 Jun 2013 - 5:07am 2 comments

ESF should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

Departing English Schools Foundation chief executive Heather Du Quesnay is encouraging her successor to consider developing a stronger Chinese curriculum.

Du Quesnay, who ends her term in July after eight years, said that by 2047, when the 50-year handover transition period ends, ESF students will need Putonghua at a high standard to make a living in Hong Kong.

19 Jun 2013 - 8:49am 22 comments