ESF Island School

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Island School is part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), Hong Kong’s largest provider of English-medium international education. Our vision is to bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds.

Ages taught:

11 — 18

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • International Baccalaureate
  • Other


Island School

Job title:

Admissions Office

Accreditations and memberships:

  • International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
  • Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK)
  • Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation (HKSSF)
School Website

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At Island School we do something different. Our focus is on igniting a passion for learning in every student. Giving students facts is no longer enough for them to succeed post-sixteen. Our role as teachers is to show students how they can problem solve, question and think creatively with new concepts and ideas. We encourage students to become resourceful, adaptable and confident learners.

Spirit of Island School

Senior management

Chris Binge, Principal

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School description

At Island School we do something different. Our focus is on igniting a passion for learning in every student. Learning at Island School is more than just teaching facts and figures. Students are taught how to problem solve, question and think creatively about concepts and ideas. Teachers encourage students to become resourceful, adaptable and confident learners. Our students come from all over the world and central to our international heritage is the celebration and understanding of each other’s cultures. They are described by those that get to know them as confident, thoughtful and caring. They learn to care for each other, for the environment and for other people through our rich co-curricular programme and the family atmosphere of the House system.

Our academic record is excellent, with our students going on to the foremost universities and colleges in the world. You will find details of the qualifications on offer at Island School including the IB Diploma and the BTEC qualifications of the Applied Learning pathway on the school’s website. Island School prepares students for these qualifications with a broad based middle school curriculum including IGCSEs and a wide range of exciting options in our unique “Futures Curriculum”. Our aim is not just to get each student into the most prestigious university possible, but to recognise that each student is an individual and to find the right match for their individual skills and strengths. 


ESF -- An Education Worth Having

Class sizes

Secondary teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 18

Sixth form teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 8

Term dates

  • 2017/2018
  • 14/08/17 - 15/12/17
  • 08/01/18 - 29/03/18
  • 16/04/18 - 29/06/18

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Other

Examinations board:

IB Diploma, BTEC

University destinations:

In 2016, graduates from the 7 ESF secondary schools attended higher education institutions in 19 different countries around the world. Website:

Sports and extra-curricular activities

The extra-curricular programme at Island School is viewed as an integral part of the development of all students. Through a rich and diverse programme, students can experience safe, enjoyable, and challenging activities.


Admission process:

Please refer to the ESF website:

Admission and language criteria:

ESF schools do not select on the basis of prior attainment or performance in entrance assessments. The main criterion for entry is the readiness of a child to benefit from the education we offer. As children will be learning through an English language curriculum it is vital that they have the language skills and home support.

Fees (Annual)

Secondary Day:


Sixth form:




Island School

Job title:

Admissions Office

Further information

Year 7-9 aligning to the IB Middle Years Programme framework;
Year 12-13 IB Diploma Pathway or Applied Learning Pathway;
Life Skills Pathway for students with special learning needs.
For more information about the school’s curriculum, refer to

Chinese Curriculum: Chinese is available as a foreign, second and first language.

Features: The school offers excellent pastoral care, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and has impressive exam results.

Facilities: Lockers, tuck shop, 3 drama studios, 2,000 square feet library (over 20,000 volumes and wireless network), food and design technology facilities, 11 science labs, gymnasium, specialist music rooms and 6 sound-proof practice rooms. Outdoor facilities include a hard-court football pitch as well as netball/basketball courts.

IT: 5 ICT suites, IT team and technicians, computers, projectors, interactive whiteboards. All teachers use tablet laptop computers. The school introduced a 1 to 1 laptop programme in 2009. More details can be found on the school website.


Hong Kong SAR


20 Borrett Road, Hong Kong


Hong Kong

Post/Zip Code:



+852 2840 1673

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