Public Exam Results of ESF Students

ESF schools continue to achieve outstanding results in public examinations. Over the summer, we are celebrating excellent IB Diploma, Applied Learning, IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and GCSE/IGCSE results.

IB Diploma Pathway

In May 2018, about 1,000 Year 13 students from Discovery College (DC), King George V School (KGV), Island School (IS), Sha Tin College (STC), South Island School (SIS), Renaissance College (RCHK) and West Island School (WIS) completed the IB Diploma.

Students smashed the IB worldwide scores, with an average score 36 which is significantly higher than the global average (29.78 from the IBO). 16 ESF students achieved the perfect 45 points.

IB Diploma Provisional Results 2018

 ESF Results    Worldwide Results
May 2018May 2017May 2016May 2015May 2014May 2017
Students entered for the IB Diploma957969956934935165,752 (in 2018)
Students awarded the Diploma (24 points or more)938 (98.0%)951 (98.2%)949 (99.3%)918 (98.3%)916 (98.0%)78.4%
Mean score of students entered for the full IB Diploma35.836.036.335.735.029.78 (in 2018)
30 points or more848 (88.6%)870 (89.8%)874 (91.5%)827 (88.5%)794 (84.9%)53.7%
35 points or more583 (60.9%)598 (63.2%)622 (65.8%)574 (61.5%)518 (55.4%)26.6%
40 points or more227 (23.7%)233 (26.0%)250 (26.7%)234 (25.1%)207 (22.1%)7.9%
45 points16
(updated on 31 July)
161713 (1.4%)278
Mean grade per subject5.595.635.75.615.544.7
Applied Learning Pathway

108 Year 13 students from King George V School, Island School, Renaissance College, South Island School and West Island School successfully completed the Applied Learning Pathway. These students followed personal pathways that involved the Business and Technology Education Council award (BTEC), or BTEC with a combination of either IB subject courses and/or AS-levels.  BTEC subjects studied include Art and Design; Business; Creative Media Production; Hospitality; Engineering; Performing Arts; Information Technology; Public Services; Travel and Tourism and Sport.

For the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, 60% of entries were awarded a distinction or above and 85% a merit or above. For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma, 77% of entries were awarded a double distinction or above and 86% a double merit or above. For the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, 82% of entries were awarded a triple distinction or above and 100% a triple merit or above.

All students taking the IB Career-related Programme (CP) were awarded the CP, and 100% of the students eligible gained the bilingual CP. The average DP Courses grade for the CP students was an impressive 5.43.


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

2017 is the ninth year that Year 11 students at Renaissance College have completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the sixth year for Discovery College students. Assessment is criterion-related with schools setting their own subject assessment tasks that are marked internally. Students also complete a Personal Project that is marked internally and then externally moderated and validated by the IBO. The 2017 results for both schools are again very strong. Highlights include:

  • The mean grade per assessment is 5.59 points. This is the second highest figure yet for ESF and compares favourably to the worldwide mean of 4.4.
  • The mean number of total points per student is 49.9 points out of a maximum possible score of 63 points. This is also the second highest figure yet for ESF.



Approximately 1,000 Year 11 students from King George V School, Island School, Sha Tin College, South Island School and West Island School participated in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and its international equivalent the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). 56% of all examinations were awarded either A* or A grades and 94% awarded A* – C grades. This is the ninth consecutive year that more than 50% of examinations were awarded A* or A grades.

ESF 2017 ESF 2016 ESF 2015 ESF 2014 ESF 2013
 A* 30% 27% 29% 29% 28%
 A*-A 57% 54% 55% 57% 56%
 A*-C 94% 93% 92% 93% 94%

For comparison 66% of GCSE grades in the U.K. were awarded A*-C in 2017.

We are pleased with the individual achievements of students in our Learning Support Centres (LSCs). Students took a range of external qualifications appropriate to their needs. These include: BTEC awards, (I)GCSEs, Edexcel Entry Level awards and the ASDAN Personal Development Programme awards.

Updated on 6 July 2018