Exam Results of ESF Students

ESF schools continue to achieve outstanding results in examinations. Over the summer, we are celebrating excellent International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, IB Career-related Programme (IBCP), BTEC, IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and GCSE/IGCSE results.

IB Diploma

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

A total of 99.1% of students across ESF secondary schools were awarded the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with 37.8 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.

 ESF Results
(Updated: 7 July 2022)
    Worldwide Results
May 2022May 2021May 2020May 2019May 2018May 2021
% of students achieving the IB Diploma99.1%99.3%99.7%97.3%98.5%78,735 (89.0%)
Mean points for IB Diploma students37.938.93735.836.033.0
% of students achieving 40+ IB Diploma points46.3%50.1%33.2%26.7%25.7%16,284 (18.4%)
% of students achieving 35+ IB Diploma points75.0%82.8%70.4%61.3%62.9%38,998 (44.1%)
% of students achieving 30+ IB Diploma points92.7%97.2%93.8%89.3%88.9%62,844 (71.0%)
Mean grade for all subjects (7 is the highest grade)5.936.085.785.605.625.33


Specialised Programmes

In 2021, 114 Year 13 students from King George V School, Island School, Renaissance College, Sha Tin College, South Island School and West Island School successfully completed the Applied Learning Pathway.

49 students from South Island School, Renaissance College, Island School, Sha Tin 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. Some students at Sha Tin College and Renaissance College 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. Some students at Renaissance College, West Island School and Sha Tin College successfully completed accredited courses at the International Culinary Institute (ICI)/Hotel Culinary Institute (HTI). 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; Media; Hospitality; Engineering; Performing Arts; Musical Theatre; Public Services; Sport and Exercise Science and Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness). For the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, 68% 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 94% at double merit or above, and for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, 96% of entries were awarded a triple distinction or above.


IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

2021 is the thirteenth year that Year 11 students at Renaissance College have completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and the tenth 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 2021 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 51.5 points out of a maximum possible score of 63 points (if all eight subjects and the Personal Project are included).



In 2021, 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 2021 as illustrated in the table below.

 20212020201920182017England average (June 2021)
For exams using the A*-G system
For exams using the 9 to 1 system^
9 to 850%51%47%40%N/A17%
9 to 769%71%65%59%N/A29%
9 to 497%99%95%97%N/A77%

In 2021, 4,860 exams for ESF students were graded using ‘9 to 1’ and 3,685 exams graded using ‘A*-G’.

^This is the fourth year that ESF students have had (I)GCSE examinations graded using both the ‘A*-G’ or ‘9 to 1’ grading systems.

Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), who administer all A*-G graded examinations taken by ESF students, do not provide statistical data for all subjects combined. Source (for England data): click here


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 2022