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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
Status English Schools Foundation school/Non-Profit
Principal Mr Christopher Sammons
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 11-18
Number of pupils 1,210
Years 7-11 HK$128,400
Years 12-13 HK$135,000
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBCP
CP Coordinator Ms Emily Clarke
Diploma Coordinator Mrs Susan Carey
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 School. In 2001 the school received an Outstanding School Award from the Hong Kong SAR Government. West Island School is an accredited member of CIS/WASC.

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 with 90% achieving their first choice. In 2018, the average IB diploma score was 36, 6 points above the world average.

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 120 activities are offered termly and one week annually focuses exclusively on CAS projects within Hong Kong and internationally. 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, textiles and food, 3 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 one to one laptop school with digital literacy as part of the curriculum.


WIS is an authorised IB Diploma school offering DP for 300 students at Post 16. From 2018, WIS will offer the IB Careers-related Programme. IGCSEs and some BTEC courses are offered for Pre 16 students.

West Island School is a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). As an IB World School, we share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education.