ESF - English Schools Foundationi

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. 


Following ‘deeply troubling’ complaints, the Hong Kong schools body has made it clear that such behaviour will not be tolerated, and a plan to strengthen diversity and equality will be developed.

I am not one for political correctness. But we should stop labelling non-Chinese students born in Hong Kong as ethnic-minority students because it distorts our perceptions and warps the way we administer education policy and run local schools.

  • English Schools Foundation (ESF) says move will support government’s Top Talent Pass Scheme, which launched last December
  • About 95 per cent of applicants under talent scheme targeting high-earners and top graduates are from mainland China

After some of the world’s toughest and longest-lasting Covid-19 restrictions, Hong Kong schools recognise the need to address students’ mental health


Whatever the educational tradition they follow, kindergartens and primaries in Hong Kong agree that play brings physical, emotional and social benefits that set the tone for how effectively a child will learn later

The sister programme to the IBDP offers a more practical curriculum that suits those not intending, or able, to go on to university

Widely considered to aid academic performance in general, languages also develop a student’s cultural awareness, and Hong Kong schools are finding ways to increase students’ exposure

Toddlers born in 2020 are eligible to apply for pre-nursery classes as part of pilot scheme by English Schools Foundation, with lessons to cost HK$11,500 per month.

Painting, drawing, cutting and printing are among the activities that help children hone their fine motor skills in a fun and creative way – and can even help build a sense of self

English Schools Foundation tells parents in a letter that it will offer the grant to students amid the ‘challenging times’ of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A group of Island School students, part of the English Schools Foundation, have asked for a non-exam route for their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


English Schools Foundation warns leaving Hong Kong without permission under guise of taking sick leave is a breach of contract and could be actionable as fraud.

Local and international school heads describe positive response from bureau officials after they expressed concerns about summer break being advanced to March and April to free up campuses for Covid-19 fight.

English Schools Foundation boys and girls’ teams win both under-19 encounters at Hong Kong Football Club, while Hong Kong Clubs Select takes under-16 girls affair, with boys battling it out for a draw.

Kim Mak, president of the Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, named new chairman of board of governors at the English Schools Foundation.

International Baccalaureate organisation has said coursework and predicted grades will apply to pupils in other countries who cannot sit their exams because of the coronavirus.


Hong Kong’s biggest international school group makes announcement after year of trouble inside and outside the classroom as children and staff struggle amid coronavirus pandemic.


English Schools Foundation sends document to employees outlining plan for full return to classrooms for all pupils, but group of parents launches petition against the idea.