ESF announces new admissions policy

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By Anne Murphy

February 5, 2013

The English Schools Foundation will be introducing a new admissions policy which puts an end to its category system for prioritising children who apply for places at ESF primary and secondary schools. The new policy will be effective from August 2013 for entry into ESF schools in August 2014.

Under the category system, the children of parents who stated that the main language spoken at home was English were placed in Category 1 while children who spoke Cantonese were placed in Category 2. With the new policy, the admissions
assessment process will be strengthened. The emphasis will be on the actual testing of the children’s English language proficiency, and on verifying the parents’ commitment to an ESF style English medium education through a parental
statement and interview. Therefore this will put an end to the Category System making it fair to all families.

As well as this, children who attend an ESF International Kindergarten have in the past received priority for interview at ESF schools. However, this will also change. Those children currently attending an ESF International Kindergarten in the
2012-13 academic year, as well as those who apply for and gain a kindergarten place in 2013-14, will continue to receive priority when they apply for a Year 1 place. Any child who enters an ESF Kindergarten from 2014 will not receive
priority for interview.

The priority for an interview or assessment under the new admissions policy (effective from August 2013) will be based on the following ranked criteria; students who are able to benefit from an English medium education and who (in order) are:

  1. Children
    of full-time staff at ESF or ESF Educational Services Limited;
  2. Siblings
    of students already attending an ESF primary or secondary school or Jockey
    Club Sarah Roe School;
  3. Holders of
    ESF Nomination Rights;
  4. Children
    of former students who have attended an ESF school for a minimum of three
    years or are former ESF students returning from a period overseas;
  5. Other
    applicants who can benefit from an English-medium education.

Details of the new admissions policy will be available on the website:

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