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 2020, 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 35.7 IB points – 6 points above the global average (29.7 in 2018). 12 ESF students achieved the perfect 45 points.

 ESF Results     Worldwide Results
May 2020May 2019May 2018May 2017May 2016May 2015May 2019
Students entered for the IB Diploma949960957969956934over 174,355 (2020)
Students awarded the Diploma (24 points or more)931 (98.1%)933 (97.2%)943 (98.5%)951 (98.2%)949 (99.3%)918 (98.3%)78.2%
Students awarded Bilingual Diploma12711512714911212014,990
Mean score of students entered for the full IB Diploma35.735.636.036.036.335.729.8
30 points or more846 (89.1%)846 (88.1%)851 (88.9%)870 (89.8%)874 (91.5%)827 (88.5%)53%
35 points or more582 (61.3%)573 (59.7%)602 (62.9%)598 (63.2%)622 (65.8%)574 (61.5%)26%
40 points or more238 (25.1%)231 (24.1%)246 (25.7%)233 (26.0%)250 (26.7%)234 (25.1%)8%
45 points12 (updated on 7 July231615
Mean grade per subject5.


Applied Learning Pathway

In 2019, 78 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.

Most of 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 and Sport. For the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, 66% of entries were awarded a distinction or above and 91% a merit or above. For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma, 73% of entries were awarded a double distinction or above and 90% a double merit or above.

In 2019, 16 students at South Island School and eight students at Renaissance College successfully completed the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). For Renaissance College students, the programme involved combining foundation courses at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong (SCAD) with IB Diploma courses and the IBCP core subjects. For South Island School students, the programme involved combining BTEC awards with IB Diploma courses and the IBCP core subjects.


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

2019 is the eleventh year that Year 11 students at Renaissance College have completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the eighth 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 2019 results for both schools are again very strong. Highlights include:

The mean grade per assessment is 5.6 points. This figure compares favourably to the worldwide mean of 4.5.
The mean number of total points per student is 50.6 points out of a maximum possible score of 63 points.



In May 2019, 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).

Brilliant results are achieved again this year in terms of A*and A*-A. 56% of all examinations were awarded either A* or A grades and 95% awarded A* – C grades. This is the eleventh consecutive year that more than 50% of examinations were awarded A* or A grades. Results are summarised below:

 20192018201720162015UK average for GCSE (2018*)
For exams using the A*-G system
For exams using the 9 to 1 system^
9 to 847%40%N/AN/AN/A13%
9 to 765%59%N/AN/AN/A20%
9 to 495%97%N/AN/AN/A67%

^This is the second year that ESF students have had (I)GCSE examinations graded using both the ‘A*-G’ or ‘9 to 1’ grading systems. This year, 4,200 exams were graded using ‘9 to 1’ (compared to only 704 in 2018) and 4,110 exams graded using ‘A*-G’. 

*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: 7 July 2020