A new school site for an extra 180 English Schools Foundation (ESF) primary places has been found at Kwai Chung. It is hoped classes will start in January after the vacant building is renovated at a projected cost of $5 million. The foundation's primary education officer, David Coles, said that there would be six new classes for Year One, Two and Three pupils. A head teacher and deputy would be selected from within the ESF to ensure they knew its background. The foundation has advertised for both local and international teachers and is hoping to recruit this month. The Government approved the extra places in July in the wake of growing competition for parents to get their children into international schools. The places would bring relief to ESF primary schools, which had waiting lists of about 2,000 at the end of last term, said ESF chief executive Jennifer Wisker. 'It will help to alleviate the pressure we have on the current ESF waiting lists and also should help provide places for first language expatriates in particular,' she said. Work now needs to be done on the school building to transform the classrooms to meet the needs of the foundation. Equipment and books will be brought in from overseas. Meanwhile, the Canadian International School will enrol an extra 370 students next year, and Yew Chung International School is attempting to create an extra 200 primary places to address the demand it is facing.