Heather Du Quesnay

Veteran UK educator Belinda Greer to replace Du Quesnay as ESF chief

Heather Du Quesnay

A veteran British educator will replace Heather Du Quesnay as chief executive of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Belinda Greer takes up the position on September 1, when Du Quesnay retires after eight years.

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 5:44pm 3 comments

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

ESF chief Heather Du Quesnay to retire with no solution to subsidy row

Heather Du Quesnay

The chief executive of the English Schools Foundation, Heather Du Quesnay, will leave her post next year at a time when the foundation is struggling to press the government to continue its HK$284 million-a-year subsidy.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am 3 comments

ESF parents slugged further 4pc

Fees at English Schools Foundation schools are to rise an average of 4 per cent in the next academic year, as the government confirmed that its subsidy for the schools would remain unchanged for the time being.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

ESF expects government subsidy to stay

The government's subvention for the English Schools Foundation is expected to stay in place for at least another year, despite the lack of progress in a review of funding arrangements for the body.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

ESF warns of 20pc fee increase if government's subsidy is withdrawn

The English Schools Foundation yesterday warned that fees could go up by more than 20 per cent if its public funding is removed.

The warning came just a day after the Education Bureau raised the possibility of ending the decades-old subsidy to the English-language educational organisation and transforming it into a private international school system.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Language barriers

Heather Du Quesnay and Carlson Tong Ka-shing make an unlikely double act. Fate has thrown together the lofty, rather intimidating British chief executive of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) and the organisation's new chairman, an engagingly eager retired accountant. Their mission: to forge a new deal that will secure the future of ESF's 15 publicly funded schools.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Parents urge bureau to block ESF fee increases

Hundreds of parents of children in English Schools Foundation schools have written to the Education Bureau to oppose fee rises of up to 3.3 per cent in the coming academic year.

The campaign, led by the Concerned Parents group - believed to be the biggest waged against a single ESF fee rise - aims to persuade the bureau to block the increase in fees by withholding approval.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

ESF parents warned

English Schools Foundation parents have been warned negotiations aimed at increasing government subsidies for their children's schooling might be jeopardised if they continued to voice complaints in the press.

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

ESF accused of stifling dissent on board

A police officers' association is accusing the English Schools Foundation of stifling dissent and communication with parents through a gagging clause on its governing board.

The Overseas Inspectors Association has written to legislators asking them to look into the legality of a clause in the code of conduct that members of the ESF's governing board are required to sign.

23 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

ESF needs a new deal if it is to flourish for next 40 years

Alex Lo's column ('Needs versus wants', December 10) sets out cogently the issues facing the ESF board, but there are one or two points that need to be clarified.

First, and most important, the English Schools Foundation has not lost sight of its mission to provide affordable English-medium education to children able to benefit from it.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Saturday's front page report 'ESF to impose HK$25,000 building levy' stated that ESF's chief executive Heather Du Quesnay said the levy would generate HK$300 million a year towards a building programme to replace ageing schools. In fact, she said it would generate HK$300 million, without specifying a time period.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm

Time for the ESF to clarify its teaching mission

The English Schools Foundation increasingly resembles private international schools, yet it continues to receive substantial government subsidies. Its school charges are rapidly approaching those of the more expensive schools in the city.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Education Mailbag

Big promises, small results

The government and Education and Manpower Bureau continually speak of the need for higher education standards, but the rhetoric is not matched by action or the money needed to achieve them.

31 Mar 2007 - 12:00am