HK wins with Nobel-producing school

Top News | Kinling Lo 21 Apr 2016

An elite international school that has produced three Nobel laureates plans to accept applications from September, with parents and corporations paying between HK$800,000 and HK$3.5 million for nomination rights.

The Hong Kong campus of Malvern College founded in Britain 150 years ago is located in Tai Po's Science Park.

It will take in 380 students from five to 14 years old for Years One to Nine classes for the 2018-19 school year.

The number of students is expected to increase gradually, with the full capacity up to Year 13 set at 960.

Malvern College has produced three Nobel winners James Meade, economics, 1977; Frederick Sanger, chemistry, 1958; and Francis Aston, chemistry, 1922 as well as the renowned author of The Chronicles of Narnia, C S Lewis.

The Hong Kong college will be its fifth campus, with the other overseas branches being in Qingdao and Chengdu in the mainland and in Cairo, Egypt.

The annual tuition fee for the first batch of primary school students Years One to Six will be around HK$148,000.

Harrow International School, in Tuen Mun, charged K1 to Year 13 students an annual fee ranging from HK$137,215 to HK$186,585 for the current school year, the highest in the city.

For priority interview opportunities, corporations can purchase a HK$3.5 million nomination right for a student, while second priority will be given to those nominated with a personal nomination right that costs HK$800,000 to HK$1 million.

The college's Hong Kong co- founder and chief executive, Jacqueline So, said nominated students are not guaranteed admission but refunds will be made to those who fail.

"In order to create a multicultural learning experience, we will not take more than 10 percent local students," So said.

The nonboarding school also plans to eventually open its first preschool for 200 children aged between two and five, but it will not be located in the same site.

The school only offers the international baccalaureate curriculum with focus on science and mathematics. Putonghua classes will be mandatory.

So said it will be the first to adopt a "forest school" learning program, in which all preschool and primary students go outdoors for environmental learning activities every week.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who attended the foundation stone-laying ceremony yesterday, said there will be 4,200 new international school places in the next two academic years.

The other places are at the French International School Victor Segalen Association, Britain's Shrewsbury International School, Harbour School Foundation and the Dubai-based ESOL Education.

Malvern College's 6,200-square- foot site was approved by the government last year.

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