ESF - 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. 

‘No guarantee’ ESF fees will remain among lowest of Hong Kong international schools, chairman says

Lawmaker Abraham Razack will serve as ESF chairman for three years. Photo: Jonathan Wong

There is no guarantee that English Schools Foundation tuition fees will remain among the lowest charged by Hong Kong’s international schools in the future, the body’s new chairman Abraham Razack said.

Friday, 22 May, 2015, 9:08am 18 comments

Outgoing ESF chairman Carlson Tong says only regret is losing government subsidy

Carlson Tong says for two years ESF had worked very hard negotiating with the government, but the government would not discuss funding for rebuilding the Island School unless the foundation accepted the subsidy removal. Photo: David Wong

Some parents still believe that if the foundation had declined the government's 2013 decision to phase out the subsidy - and stood with the parents to fight it - things may have been different.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm

ESF schools hit parents with fee rises of up to 8.8pc

ESF's Belinda Greer says rises were "necessary". Photo: David Wong

The English Schools Foundation announced fee increases of up to 8.8 per cent on Wednesday.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 1 comment

100 parents sign petition against plan to combine three ESF schools

ESF chief executive Belinda Greer (right) and King George V School principal Dr Ed Wickins, who will become head of the new Kowloon Learning Campus under the proposal. Photo: David Wong

More than 100 parents have signed an online petition against the English Schools Foundation's plan to combine three schools in Ho Man Tin into one large learning campus.

The petitioners want the foundation to delay the plan for at least a year to allow more time to address parents' concerns such as teachers' workload and admission changes.

21 Apr 2015 - 9:21am 5 comments

Parents divided as ESF schools consider 8 per cent fee increase

ESF chief executive Belinda Greer says the proposed fee rise will have to be approved by the board of governors.

The English Schools Foundation is proposing to raise tuition fees in its schools by up to 8 per cent this year, the Sunday Morning Post has learned.

21 Apr 2015 - 9:21am 12 comments

Pupils convince ESF schools to go green

Sixteen ESF schools will soon use recycled printing paper, despite its higher costs, in a bid to help save the environment. Photo: Felix Wong

A group of secondary pupils has convinced 16 principals from the English Schools Foundation to switch to recycled printing paper, despite the fact that the move will cost the schools an additional HK$200,000 a year in total.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm

ESF, St Paul's score in International Baccalaureate exams

St Paul's Co-educational College in Mid-Levels achieved an impressive feat, with 61 per cent of its 23-pupil IB class scoring 40 out of 45 marks.

The English Schools Foundation has recorded eight top scorers in the International Baccalaureate Diploma - its second-best tally of high-fliers in the Geneva-based exams.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 1 comment

End of ESF as the affordable choice for Hong Kong's middle class

Parents who have lashed out at new ESF head Belinda Greer for recent fee rises should brace themselves for more to come. Photo: David Wong

Ever since British gunboats took on the overmatched Chinese navy in the name of "free trade" (then a euphemism for the right to peddle opium), Hong Kong has been a place of great paradoxes.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:28pm 9 comments

ESF set to charge parents of new pupils up to HK$38,000

ESF set to charge parents of new pupils up to HK$38,000

The English Schools Foundation is under fire from parents after revealing plans to impose a non- refundable one-off charge of up to HK$38,000 on new students from next year in its struggle to make ends meet.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 20 comments

Hong Kong government should redirect ESF subsidy to 'ethnic-minority' schools

Hong Kong government should redirect ESF subsidy to 'ethnic-minority' schools

I am not one for political correctness. But we should stop labelling non-Chinese students born in Hong Kong as ethnic-minority students because it distorts our perceptions and warps the way we administer education policy and run local schools.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 13 comments

What's being said on

On report, "Three governors quit ESF board over soaring school fees as subsidy is axed", May 21:

25 May 2014 - 4:29am

English Schools Foundation happy to let market forces dictate

ESF chief Belinda Greer says the foundation must operate more efficiently as government funding is phased out. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

A while ago, I asked a permanent secretary for education why the government should phase out funding for ESF schools when both locals and expatriates attend them.

22 May 2014 - 3:55am 25 comments

Three governors quit ESF board over soaring school fees as subsidy is axed

Three governors quit ESF board over soaring school fees as subsidy is axed

Three of seven elected parent representatives have resigned from the English Schools Foundation's board of governors over plans to raise capital from parents and frustration over fee rises.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 19 comments

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

ESF chief executive Belinda Greer. Photo: SCMP

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.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm

ESF boss hoping to build bridges with the local education sector

Belinda Greer, CEO of ESF. Photo: David Wong

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.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm