A primary school that survived the threat of closure last year has attracted enough students for the next academic year to restore its public funding. Po Kok Primary School in Happy Valley has met the threshold of 23 students needed for an aided Primary One class. The school was ordered to cease operating Primary One last year because of a lack of students. It reached an out-of-court settlement with the government enabling it to run the class with its own funding. The current class has 14 pupils, supported by sponsoring body Tung Lin Kok Yuen, which launched a series of measures to attract more parents. The Chinese-medium school hired three additional native English-speaking teachers to meet demand for more English instruction. It also switched to Putonghua for teaching Chinese in Primary One. Special rooms for English, Chinese and music teaching were opened and its bus service extended. It also stepped up promotion by organising a series of open days. 'To my delight, many parents decided to apply to our school immediately after a tour,' said principal Chung Lai-kam. 'Many parents called for a visit after spotting the school on TV, and half of them have chosen our school. Our hard work didn't go down the drain. This sends a strong message to other schools facing closure.'