Exam Results of ESF Students

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

IB Diploma Pathway

ESF is proud to announce another year of excellent IB DP/CP results.

A total of 99.2% of students across ESF secondary schools were awarded the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with 38.8 points as the average points per student. As the IB worldwide average is 89.0% with an average of 33.0 points per student, these are impressive achievements.

  • 49.9% of students achieved 40 or more points.
  • 82.5% of students achieved 35 or more points.
  • 97.2% of students achieved 30 or more points.
  • 63 ESF students (updated 30 July 2021) achieved the maximum possible score of 45 points (only 339 students worldwide had achieved this accolade in 2020).
  • 98 ESF students also achieved the prestigious Bilingual Diploma qualification. [A Bilingual Diploma is achieved when students study two languages at native/near native level.]

 ESF Results
(Updated: 30 July 2021)
    Worldwide Results
May 2021May 2020May 2019May 2018May 2017May 2020
% of students achieving the IB Diploma99.2%99.7%97.3%98.5%98.2%85.2%
Mean points for IB Diploma students38.83735.836.036.033.0**
% of students achieving 40+ IB Diploma points49.9%33.2%26.7%25.7%26.0%11%
% of students achieving 35+ IB Diploma points82.5%70.4%61.3%62.9%63.2%33.9%
% of students achieving 30+ IB Diploma points97.2%93.8%89.3%88.9%90.0%62.0%
Mean grade for all subjects (7 is the highest grade)6.075.785.605.625.635.2**

*The IB worldwide data is from May 2020 as the May 2021 data is not yet available.
**This is the 2021 figure released on the IB’s website on 5th July 2021 – click here 

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: 30 July 2021