About 300 former students from the Canadian Overseas International College, which closed suddenly last month, yesterday resumed classes at a new campus in Cheung Sha Wan. The college, which has been taken over by the English Schools Foundation (ESF), has been renamed the Phoenix International School. The campus, with a five-storey main building, was formerly occupied by the Australian International School until it moved to Kowloon Tong last month. A total of 381 pupils were affected by the sudden closure of the college's three branches last month. The ESF, which runs 15 international schools in Hong Kong, took over its operation on October 31. Vice-principal Doug Anderson said about 300 former students resumed classes at the new campus, while about 80 students switched to other international schools. 'It's because some parents were anxious to get places in other schools following the college's closure,' he said. Eliza Tsang, whose seven-year-old son was in Primary Two at the college, switched to another international school, the Hong Kong Academy, in Stubbs Road. She said Cheung Sha Wan was too far from home. 'I have to say the new campus is fine. I made the decision because I'm not familiar with Cheung Sha Wan,' she said. Mr Anderson said the ESF had been supportive and had also offered the school new desks. 'We have excellent teachers and a calm environment. I'm confident that once we get organised, we will be able to have a full capacity of 500 students,' he said. A total of 35 teachers and administrative workers from the old school have been retained. Acting principal Derek Roberts said three Education Department officials visited the school yesterday and were satisfied with its operation and facilities. The college folded after losing $30 million since 1994, Mr Roberts said.