All lessons, with the exception of Mandarin, are conducted in English. For this reason children have to demonstrate, at an informal interview, that they can both speak and understand English. From Year 2, children need to be able to read and write English as well, at a level commensurate with their peers. Eligibility for admission to our school also depends on the immigration status of the child, as determined by the Immigration Department.

When a place becomes available in the appropriate year/group, an interview will be arranged for the child at the top of the waiting list. When coming to school for the interview, it is important that you bring the required documentation with you as no place can be offered until we have verified these documents.

A senior member of staff will conduct the interview with your child. This will be in a very informal setting. Wherever possible your child will be part of a group of children. Every effort is made to ensure your child feels relaxed and not “on trial”.

As part of the admissions process includes an interview with parents, it is a requirment that a least one parent is in attendance.

In ESF schools, all children in a year group are born in the same calendar year. As the academic year runs from September to June and therefore does not coincide with the calendar year. Children with a birthday between 1 September and 31 December may be interviewed for a year group which is different from the country they have just left.

For the academic year August 2017 to June 2018 the age groups are as follows:

  • Year 1 – Children born in 2012
  • Year 2 – Children born in 2011
  • Year 3 – Children born in 2010
  • Year 4 – Children born in 2009
  • Year 5 – Children born in 2008
  • Year 6 – Children born in 2007

Please click here to visit the ESF’s website regarding admissions policy.

Year 1 – Central Applications to ESF Primary Schools

For children eligible for the Year One intake, applications are processed at ESF Centre a year ahead of entry. This means that for children born in 2012 who are due to start in our school in August 2017, application forms will be accepted between 1 September and 30 September 2016 at ESF Centre. Full details of the application process are on the ESF website. Interviews for August 2017 applicants will be held in early 2017. Late applications for children born in 2011 should be sent direct to the school.

Application for Admission

To be considered for admission into Clearwater Bay School, you have to be residing in our catchment area. If your family is overseas pending a move to Hong Kong, we can receive the application form if it includes a letter from your employer confirming employment and documentary proof of your address where you will be residing in Hong Kong.

There are very often lengthy waiting lists for places in our school. The waiting lists are organised according to a priority system which gives preference for children who cannot attend a local school. Within this system, names on the list are kept in order of the date which we received the completed application form. It is important that all questions on the form are answered as fully as possible to help us make a decision on the status of your child’s application.

If you wish to apply for admission to Clearwater Bay School, please visit the ESF website to apply online by clicking here.

For all current year groups, we will accept application forms at any time of the year. Interviews will only be held when a vacancy arises.

Transfer Arrangements

It is necessary sometimes for students to transfer to schools overseas due to family re-location. In such cases the principal and ESF should be informed as soon as possible of the impending withdrawal from school. Please contact the School Office at for further information.

Student Withdrawal Policy

Student Withdrawal Notice is the official document for parent to inform school of student withdrawal. Withdrawal notice by other means such as email, letter or verbal notice is not acceptable. Please download and complete the Student Withdrawal Notice should you plan to withdraw your child. The notice should be returned to the Admissions Office in school via email at at least ONE MONTH prior to the last date of attendance. Acknowledgement email will be sent out within 7 days upon receipt of the Student Withdrawal Notice.  If withdrawing parents do not receive the acknowledgement email within 10 days after the Student Withdrawal Notice has been sent, please contact the Admissions Office.

Student Withdrawal Notice (download from here)

If you are withdrawing your child at the end of this academic year, please return the completed Student Withdrawal Notice on or before 1 June. Otherwise, we will assume that your child is returning after summer and parents are liable to the tuition fees for September even if the student does not return to school.

For prospective students who have accepted a place in school, the withdrawal policy applies. In such cases, admission deposit will be forfeited and the RCL, if paid, will be refunded after the Student Withdrawal Notice is received.

Should there be changes in the last date of attendance after a proper withdrawal notice is served; parent is required to submit a revised withdrawal notice to school, stipulating that the revised notice supersedes the previous one with date. Nevertheless, subsequent change on the last date of attendance may be declined as it depends on the availability of school place.

To cancel a withdrawal notice, parent is required to inform school in writing before the last date of attendance. The cancellation may be declined as it depends on the availability of school place.

Immediate Student Places

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