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, roughly 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 37 IB points – the highest ever for ESF and 7.2 points above the global average (29.7 in 2019). 23 ESF students achieved the perfect 45 points.

 ESF Results    Worldwide Results
May 2020May 2019May 2018May 2017May 2016May 2019
Students entered for the IB Diploma949960957969956over 174,355 (2020)
Students awarded the Diploma (24 points or more)945 (99.7%)933 (97.2%)943 (98.5%)951 (98.2%)949 (99.3%)78.2%
Students awarded Bilingual Diploma12811512714911214,990
Mean score of students entered for the full IB Diploma3735.636.036.036.329.8
30 points or more889 (94%)846 (88.1%)851 (88.9%)870 (89.8%)874 (91.5%)53%
35 points or more665 (70%)573 (59.7%)602 (62.9%)598 (63.2%)622 (65.8%)26%
40 points or more314 (33%)231 (24.1%)246 (25.7%)233 (26.0%)250 (26.7%)8%
45 points23 (updated on 21 Sept231615
Mean grade per subject5.


Applied Learning Pathway

In 2020, 103 Year 13 students from King George V School, Island School, Renaissance College, Discovery College, South Island School and West Island School successfully completed the Applied Learning Pathway.

31 students from South Island School, Renaissance College, Discovery College and West Island School successfully completed the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). For some students, this involved combining foundation courses at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong (SCAD) with IB Diploma courses and the IBCP core subjects. Students at Discovery College and South Island School successfully completed a Business and Technology Education Council award (BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Musical Theatre with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. For other students, the programme involved combining BTEC awards with IB Diploma courses and the IBCP core subjects.

A number of students followed a personal pathway that involved BTEC in combination with IB subject courses or as a stand-alone programme. BTEC subjects studied include Art and Design; Business; Creative Media Production; Hospitality; Engineering; Performing Arts; Musical Performance; Public Services; Sport and Exercise Science and Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness). For the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, 58% of entries were awarded a distinction or above and 87% at merit or above. For the BTEC Level 3 Diploma, 70% of entries were awarded a double distinction or above and 89% at double merit or above.


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

2020 is the twelfth year that Year 11 students at Renaissance College have completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the ninth year for Discovery College students.

Assessment is criterion-based 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 2020 results for both schools are again very strong. Highlights include:

  • The mean grade per assessment is 5.7 points. This figure compares favourably to the worldwide mean of 4.6.
  • The mean number of total points per student is 52.2 points out of a maximum possible score of 63 points.



In 2020, Year 11 students from King George V School, Island School, Sha Tin College, South Island School and West Island School completed the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and the UK based General Certificate of Education (GCSE) programmes. Excellent results were achieved again in 2020 as illustrated in the table below.

 20202019201820172016UK average for GCSE (2018*)
For exams using the A*-G system
For exams using the 9 to 1 system^
9 to 851%47%40%N/AN/A13%
9 to 771%65%59%N/AN/A20%
9 to 499%95%97%N/AN/A67%

^This is the third year that ESF students have had (I)GCSE examinations graded using both the ‘A*-G’ or ‘9 to 1’ grading systems. In 2019, 4,200 exams were graded using ‘9 to 1’ (compared to only 704 in 2018) and 4,110 exams graded using ‘A*-G’. 


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: 17 November 2020