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ESF West Island School

ESF West Island School

250 Victoria Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong, China

+852 2819 1962



ESF West Island School
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1991
Principal Mr Chris Sammons
Co-ed Age Range 11-18
Number of pupils 1,220
Years 7 to 11 HK$133,800
Years 12 to 13 HK$140,700
Curriculum UK, IBDP, IBCP, IGCSE
Language of Instruction English
Associations ESF, IB, CIS, BTEC

West Island School is part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), the largest provider of English-medium international education in Hong Kong. West Island School is a world class co-educational IB World School. In 2001 the school received an Outstanding School Award from the Hong Kong SAR Government.

The school motto "Strength from Diversity" reflects that the school caters for students from over 40 nationalities in a modern building overlooking the University of Hong Kong and the vibrant shipping lanes of the South China Sea. The school has a strong focus on the value of international mindedness and the importance of community. It has a reputation for academic excellence balanced with compassion and service beyond the classroom. The vast majority of students graduate to a range of international universities. In 2018, the average score of the IB diploma was 36 with 23% achieving 40 or more.

Students are encouraged to become "responsible global citizens" as part of the mission of the school. Training for leadership roles within the school and beyond is a strength which the school believes heralds access to better choices beyond Year 13. Over 100 activities are offered termly and one week annually focuses exclusively on CAS projects within Asia. The school has a unique one to one tutoring model where students meet individually with their tutor to consider academic progress and commitment to CAS.


The school has purpose built specialist rooms in all subjects and in particular: specialist science laboratories, a modern library, performance space for drama and dance, two gymnasiums, state of the art design technology workshops incorporating a graphics studio, central machining bay, textiles and food, three art studios, 7 music studios and 2 music classrooms both with raised performance platforms, outdoor courts for a range of sports, a 25 metre swimming pool and a large auditorium. The proximity to Hong Kong University playing fields provides further sport facilities. WIS is a 1:1 laptop school with digital literacy as part of the curriculum. The school has a Learning Centre offering specialised learning support for up to 25 young people from Years 7-13.


Years 7-9 follow the IB Middle Years Programme framework. The MYP will be implemented fully by the academic year 20-21; Years 10-11 offers a suite of 'Future Proofing' courses that teach skills needed for the 21st century workplace and a broad range of GCSE and IGCSE subjects; Year 12-13 IB Diploma Pathway or Applied Learning Pathway with IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) as an option; Life Skills Pathway for students with special learning needs. Chinese is available as a foreign, second and first language.