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Hong Kong international schools update for 2019 – 2020

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Education consultant Anne Murphy shares the latest updates for international schools in Hong Kong.

There is good news for parents who are searching for schools outside of Lantau. Year over year in Hong Kong, the options for international schooling have increased, and with it there is a greater availability of places in many year groups. This trend began in 2017 and 2018 with the opening of several new schools and campuses, including the French International School Hong Kong and the Shrewsbury International  School Hong Kong in Tseung Kwan O, the Stamford American School Hong Kong and the Mount Kelly International School Hong Kong in Kowloon, Malvern College Hong Kong and the Spanish Primary School (SPIS) in the New Territories, and HKCA Po Leung Kuk School on Hong Kong Island. The schools below are new to Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020.

NEW SCHOOLS: 2019 & 2020

Invictus International School

Invictus School Hong Kong will provide the first truly affordable, English and Mandarin immersion programme in Hong Kong, with a targeted capacity of up to 100 kindergarten students and 500 primary students for the 2019/20 academic year (subject to approval from the Education Bureau). Located in Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Invictus will offer an English and Putonghua immersion programme to children aged three to 11 years old. The curriculum will follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC),  which is known for its creative and thematic approach to teaching. The school is the second addition to the family of Invictus International Schools, which opened in Singapore in 2016. The school in Hong Kong will fill the gap for moderately-priced quality schools,  offering an all-inclusive annual fee of HK$100,000. Applications are now being accepted and you can visit www.invictusschool.hk for more information.

Kent College Hong Kong

The UK independent school Kent College will open a campus in Hong Kong in September 2020. Kent College Hong Kong plans to deliver a British  education that will reflect the values and ethos of the home school in Canterbury. This will be the second international campus for Kent College after Kent College Dubai opened in 2016. The UK school is co-ed independent for students aged three months that achieves an Independent Schools Inspectorate outstanding rating in every category of inspection. For updates on applications and school information, visit kentcollege.com.

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong will be welcoming students for primary years 1 to 6 to its newly refurbished Tin Wan Campus on September 5, 2019. The new school is the second international opening for this leading British independent school, which opened Wycombe Abbey School, Changzhou in China in 2016. There are also plans to open Wycombe Abbey School, Hangzhou in September 2020. The UK school is ranked number one for academic results at A-Level in 2018. Its reputation for providing a learning environment where students’ innate curiosity, creativity and emotional intelligence can flourish is widely known throughout the UK.

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong is an English-medium school and it will deliver a bespoke British curriculum that blends the UK National Curriculum with the Hong Kong Curriculum; it also promises a bi-cultural education, focusing on fluency in English and Putonghua in every year group. The plan is to have an equal number of English, Chinese and Maths classes every week. All nationalities are accepted, with no passport quotas; the aim is to prepare students to enter the most popular and the finest independent schools in the world. Applications are accepted throughout the year and ‘explore’ meetings and school tours are scheduled every month.

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong founding headmaster, Howard Tuckett, says, “Our broad curriculum covers all the requirements of the Common Entrance curriculum, which has been especially adapted for our school in order to offer a culturally relevant education for primary-aged pupils in Hong Kong. We are also excited about launching our specific focus on expert Chinese language teaching. Wycombe Abbey is quite rightly a famous name in British education and we are very proud to be able to extend this provision of educational excellence to Hong Kong.” For further information, visit www.was.edu.hk.


English School Foundation (ESF) provides a through-train education

In 2020, ESF, the largest provider of English-medium education in Hong Kong, will guarantee placementin its primary schools for all students who attend its  kindergartens from the first year. Children will not only be guaranteed a Year 1 place without an interview but also a Year 7 place in one of its secondary schools, without an interview. As a result, students will be able to move seamlessly through the ESF education system from K1 to Year 13 without any testing. For further information, visit www.esf.edu.hk.

Cognita Group of Schools

Cognita Group of Schools, which launched Stamford American School Hong Kong, acquired Woodland Pre-Schools in 2018. Students who attend any Woodland Pre-School are guaranteed a pre-kindergarten place at Stamford American School Hong Hong. For further information, visit www.woodlandschools.com and www.sais.edu.hk.

Stamford American School Hong Kong unveils additional facilities

Stamford American School Hong Kong will unveil additional facilities in 2020, supporting the school’s mission to cultivate a love of learning, nurture character and inspire innovation as a modern K-12 school.

The new learning spaces will complement Stamford’s rigorous high school curriculum, with science laboratories, special art spaces and purpose-built collaboration areas to help students work together to unleash their potential.

Students will also enjoy three outdoor play spaces and access to bright new learning spaces as part of the school’s new modern facade. This supports Stamford’s high-quality teaching, which has led to higher student achievement. For further information, visit www.sais.edu.hk.

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