The English Schools Foundation (ESF) announced that, starting on 1 August this year, families will be able to apply for any of their 22 schools, following the ending of the geographical or ‘zoning’ requirement that was previously in force.

At present all ESF schools, other than ESF Discovery College, Renaissance College and the five ESF Kindergartens, operate a system where families can only seek a place for their child in a school that sits within their allocated geographical area in Hong Kong based on their residential address.

The new policy will end this practice and will open up all schools to applications regardless of where the family lives.

This new admissions process will be in operation for families who submit an application on or after 1 August. Parents who are already in the application process prior to this date will be contacted and offered the chance to revise their choice of schools.   

A map of Hong Kong showing the ESF schools on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories.
ESF schools on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories (© ESF)

Speaking about the change, the Chief Executive Officer of ESF, Belinda Greer, said, “I know that choosing a school for our children is one of the most important decisions that we make as parents. This new admissions policy gives families more choice in making that decision and is based on our belief that, regardless of which one of our schools they attend, ESF students will always have access to a world-class education, delivered by world-leading teachers who understand that every child is unique.”

Greer added, “Our schools have a global reputation for excellence that extends beyond the results that our students achieve in their exams. Through understanding that every child has their own passions, their own skills and their own strengths, we are able to help our students reach their full potential, to be the best that they can be.”

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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