Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong: a top British preparatory school in Hong Kong

Recently, we had the pleasure of visiting one of the top British schools in Hong Kong. Located in Hong Kong Island Southside, Wycombe Abbey is a prestigious preparatory school for children aged 5-13. This school uniquely combines a bespoke British curriculum with the Hong Kong curriculum, providing fluency in English and a firm grounding in Chinese. The curriculum is further supplemented by an impressive breadth of activities in their Extra-Curricular Programme (ECAs) which offers more than 40 different clubs to join. This is incorporated into the regular day after school hours. Wycombe Abbey specially focuses on developing children for the best secondary schools in the future. Educators seek to balance strong academic attainment with a focus on mental and physical health to ensure a well-rounded, holistic education.

A key feature of the school is that they offer a high-quality, private UK curriculum following the National Curriculum for England and Wales. The subjects covered in this curriculum are ICT, Science, Physical Education, iSTEAM, Speech and Drama, Music and Art amongst others.

Further Details

Website: http://www.was.edu.hk/

Phone: 2129 7100

Email: enquiries@was.edu.hk

School Campus Address: 17 Tin Wan Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Curriculum: Combines both the British and Hong Kong primary educational system, with a focus on British preparatory school experience. They also offer a Chinese language and culture curriculum.

Language of Instruction: The main medium of instruction is English, however, English and Chinese provision are balanced. Chinese is taught with the same number of lessons as English and Maths. For Chinese, Putonghua is used as the medium of instruction where children are taught simplified characters but have exposure to traditional characters through extra-curricular activities and additional reading.

Admissions: Year 1 – Year 8. The starting age is 5 years old.

School Hours: The normal school hours are 8.00am – 3.00pm and the average school day includes 9 lessons. However, as part of their ECAs, children are encouraged to stay afterschool to participate in clubs from 3.00pm-5.00pm. If parents are worried about transportation home, Wycombe Abbey also provides school buses for those pupils staying afterschool.

Bloom KKCA Academy: a future-oriented school prioritising innovation

We were delighted to visit Bloom KKCA, a private, bilingual school that focuses on project-based education. Situated in Shep Kip Mei, Bloom KKCA was founded by educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs. It prides itself on its educators who range from NASA engineers to reading specialists. The school currently accepts children in Grades 1-6. Although they adopt the US Common Core Curriculum, teaching is conducted through the mediums of English and Mandarin. They also follow the Next Generation Science curriculum and interweave a unique three-core program: their academic program, their positive education program, and their Bloom Innovation program. The philosophy of this school focuses on maximising engagement rather than traditional rote learning alone. As such, they offer hands-on learning, weekly field trips, games, multimedia learning, projects that collect raw data from the environment, and even internships.

A key feature of the school is its project and research-based approach, seeking to develop children into pioneers of social innovation. They prioritise statistics and data science above the accepted trigonometry maths. They view media literacy as fundamental for critical thinking and acknowledge how it has been exempt from standard teaching programs. They consistently update their curriculum based on conversations with experts in the field as well as students themselves. The level of innovation is unmissable, not to mention their world-class STEM program drawn from the ‘Next Generation Science Standards’; a gold standard curriculum.

Further Details

Website: https://bloom.edu.hk/about

Phone: 21104788

Email: admissions@bloom.edu.hk

School Campus Address: 7 Pui Tak Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Curriculum: Interweaves a unique three-core program: academic program, positive education program and Bloom innovation program.

Language of Instruction: English and Mandarin (Simplified Chinese characters). They use a dual-language program to ensure students are biliterate.

Admissions: Grades 1 – 6. The starting age is 6 years old.

School Hours: The normal school hours are 8.30am – 3.30pm.

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