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. 

Drug dealers selling more to ESF school students in Hong Kong: police

Drug dealers selling more to ESF school students in Hong Kong: police

Police have warned of "an alarming increase" in drug dealers who sell to schoolchildren - in particular, those at English School Foundation (ESF) schools.

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 5:44pm 11 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 6, 2013

Chimpanzees are at serious risk from poachers. Photo: AP

The proposal to build a sports complex at the Kai Tak site has proved to be controversial. I think if a new sports complex is to be constructed in Hong Kong, the location should be changed.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:02am 30 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 2, 2013

Cars double parked in a street in Central. Photo: David Wong

The description in Jose Chan's letter ("Policyholders worse off with proposed insurance authority", March 28) distorts our proposals. One of the purposes of establishing the new authority is to enhance protection of policyholders.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:45am 15 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 28, 2013

An official sticker promoting the idling ban. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance was implemented on December 15, 2011. It makes it illegal to idle your engine for more than three minutes from that date, subject to a fixed fine of HK$320.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 3 comments

Discovery College parents angry over ESF fee increase, levy

After the fee increase, the fees for Discovery College primary division are HK$91,100 to HK$121,900 for Year 7 to Year 11 and HK$123,200 for Year 12 to Year 13. Photo: May Tse

Parents at an English Schools Foundation private school have voiced their anger over a fee rise of nearly 10 per cent and a non-refundable building levy. Some say they will refuse to pay.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 25, 2013

Pope Francis takes charge of a Vatican in crisis. Photo: AFP

John Charleston writes that North Korea is "safe" from American influence thanks to its military strength and nuclear weapons programme, while suggesting that the "right-wing" South China Morning Post is partly responsible for public opinion of the North Korean regime.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

Anger over 'disastrous' plan to raise ESF fees

Heather Du Quesnay

The English Schools Foundation's fee-rise plan has upset parents and prompted lawmakers to question its cost structure. Native English (NET) teacher Perry Bayer, whose son is studying at West Island School, said the increase of up to 5.9 per cent for most ESF schools was "disastrous" for families with young children, given the city's high rents. "They may start thinking whether they can put their children through primary and secondary levels," he said. 

28 Apr 2015 - 5:45pm 2 comments

Parents hit again as ESF raises fees by up to 5.9pc

ESF's Island School on Borrett Road, Mid-Levels. Photo: KY Cheng

The English Schools Foundation will raise its fees by up to 5.9 per cent as negotiations drag on over the size of the subsidy it receives from the government. In a letter to parents yesterday, the ESF's chief executive, Heather Du Quesnay, said the increase was necessary to cover a 3.5 per cent pay rise for staff and the cost of improving services. Some parents complained that the fee rises were unaffordable.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:45pm 14 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 12, 2013

Hugo Chavez ostracised his opponents. Photo: Bloomberg

The Spanish Constitutional Court recently ordered the release of Gabriel Ricardo Dias-Azedo who is wanted in Hong Kong for offences relating to the embezzlement of funds entrusted to him by clients as a former partner of accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:49pm 4 comments

'Educational apartheid' hitting expats

English Schools Foundation is criticised for promoting educational segregation. Photo: Edmond So

I agree with Mr Lam's argument about segregation in Hong Kong's education system, and would even go so far as saying that this city is currently plagued by an "educational apartheid".

5 Mar 2013 - 10:57am 26 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 19, 2013

Pull-up ads like this abound on the streets. Photo: David Wong

The English Schools Foundation's intended change of its admission system is procedural and not substantive. ("ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers", February 5).

19 Feb 2013 - 5:26am 27 comments

ESF quandary requires Education Bureau to rethink policies

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The decision by the English Schools Foundation to end its long-standing admissions priority for children who do not speak Chinese may come as a shock to many, but it is to be expected.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 8 comments

'Outsiders' have slim hope of landing ESF places

ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay. Photo: Edmond So

Pupils hoping to land a place at an English Schools Foundation school in coming years will have a slim or non-existent chance of even securing an interview unless they are well connected to the ESF or have paid a costly nomination rights fee.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:45pm 15 comments

ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers

ESF's Island School on Borret Road, Mid-Levels. Photo: KY Cheng

The English Schools Foundation announced it will be ending its admissions priority for children who do not speak Chinese, in a move is likely to increase competition for expatriate children seeking to enrol at its primary schools.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 21 comments

ESF makes public plea for Island School site

Island School in Mid-Levels has only seven years left. Photo: May Tse

The English Schools Foundation has made a public appeal for a "solution" to redevelop its ageing Island School after the board decided to drop a plan to rebuild it in Quarry Bay amid opposition from lawmakers and residents.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm