ESF to Become a Through Train Education System


The English Schools Foundation (ESF), the largest provider of English medium education in Hong Kong, today announced that, from 2020, all students attending since the first year of an ESF kindergarten, will be guaranteed a place at both an ESF primary and secondary school – without the need for any further interviews.


Currently, following a change implemented earlier this year, students transitioning from an ESF Kindergarten to an ESF Primary do not require to undergo an interview – but they do have to be assessed by teaching staff before a place is offered.

The new ‘through-train’ system means that an initial assessment takes place prior to entry into Kindergarten. Teachers would then continually monitor the students’ progress as they get ready to continue onto Primary School.


Should staff deem the student able to access a mainstream, English medium curriculum, they would then be guaranteed a seamless ESF education from K1 of Kindergarten to Year 13 of Secondary.



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