Date
20 September 2017
Malvern College will reserve 90 percent of its places for non-local students in the first phase. Photo: Malvern college website
Malvern College will reserve 90 percent of its places for non-local students in the first phase. Photo: Malvern college website

Malvern College in bid to open HK primary school in 2018

Following the footsteps of Harrow International School, top British boarding school Malvern College is bidding for a site in Tai Po, hoping to launch a primary section in the 2018 academic year, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Malvern aims to enroll 300 students in the first phase, with 90 percent of the places reserved for non-local students. The school will charge HK$120,000 (US$15,479) to HK$160,000 a year for its primary students, similar to the HK$140,000 to HK$160,000 Harrow charges. Secondary students at Malvern will pay HK$180,000 a year, higher than the HK$167,000 paid at Harrow. The school will also consider issuing debentures.

Nobel prize winners Francis William Aston and James Meade, as well as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, studied at Malvern, according to Jacqueline So, headmaster of Malvern’s Qingdao school.

Malvern British principal Antony Clark said the proposed Hong Kong school will follow most of the British traditions, such as a house system. The school could take up to 720 students once in full operation. No boarding places will be provided in Hong Kong, but students can travel to Britain or Qingdao for a six-month exchange program, Clark added.

Malvern is the first school in Britain to use the International Baccalaureate curriculum, the report said.

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