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 2019, 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.

ESF students average 35.6 IB points – 5.8 points above the global average (29.8 in 2018). 22 ESF students achieved the perfect 45 points.

IB Diploma Provisional Results 2019

 ESF Results    Worldwide Results
May 2019May 2018May 2017May 2016May 2015May 2018
Students entered for the IB Diploma960957969956934over 169,000
Students awarded the Diploma (24 points or more)933 (97.2%)943 (98.5%)951 (98.2%)949 (99.3%)918 (98.3%)78.2%
Students awarded Bilingual Diploma11512714911212014,990
Mean score of students entered for the full IB Diploma35.636.036.036.335.729.8
30 points or more846 (88.1%)851 (88.9%)870 (89.8%)874 (91.5%)827 (88.5%)53%
35 points or more573 (59.7%)602 (62.9%)598 (63.2%)622 (65.8%)574 (61.5%)26%
40 points or more231 (24.1%)246 (25.7%)233 (26.0%)250 (26.7%)234 (25.1%)8%
45 points22 (updated on 22 July)1615
Mean grade per subject5.


Applied Learning Pathway

In 2018, 99 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; Public Services and Sport.

For the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, 53% of entries were awarded a distinction or above and 75% a merit or above. For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma, 65% of entries were awarded a double distinction or above and 86% a double merit or above.

Six students from Renaissance College followed the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP), which was jointly launched by Renaissance College and Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong (SCAD) four years ago. The programme combines foundation courses at SCAD with IB Diploma courses and the IBCP core subjects at Renaissance College. All six students taking the IB Career-related Programme (CP) were awarded the CP, with one of these students achieving the bilingual CP.


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

2018 is the tenth year that Year 11 students at Renaissance College have completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the seventh 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 2018 results for both schools are again very strong. Highlights include:

  • The mean grade per assessment is 5.63 points. This is the highest figure yet for ESF and compares favourably to the worldwide mean of 4.5.
  • The mean number of total points per student is 50.8 points out of a maximum possible score of 63 points. This is the joint highest figure yet for ESF.



In May 2018, about 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).

The results are ESF’s highest ever in terms of A*and A*-A. 58% of all examinations were awarded either A* or A grades and 94% awarded A* – C grades. This is the tenth consecutive year that more than 50% of examinations were awarded A* or A grades. Results are summarised below:

 2018201720162015UK average for GCSE (2018*)
For exams using the A*-G system
For exams using the 9 to 1 system^
9 to 840%N/AN/AN/A13%
9 to 759%N/AN/AN/A20%
9 to 497%N/AN/AN/A67%

^This year, around 8% of ESF’s examinations were graded using the new “9 to 1” system, including computer science, food technology, English language, English literature, art and design, fine art, 3D design and dance. A grade 4 is broadly equivalent to a low grade C and a grade 8 or 9 is broadly equivalent to a grade A*. 

*Source: Joint Council for Qualifications (


Individual achievements

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.

Last update: 22 July 2019