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International College of Hong Kong

Senior School Profile, 2016-2017

Contact Information

International College of Hong Kong
60 Sha Tau Kok Road,
Shek Chung Au,
Sha Tau Kok,
New Territories, Hong Kong

Phone: (852) 2655 9018
Fax: (852) 2655 9788

Head of School:  Toby Newton
Dean of Students: Douglas Kidd
Higher Education Advisor: Martin Clarke
IB Coordinator: Phil Morgan


International College of Hong Kong is an IB World School and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools.

School and Community

We are a community school, with a series of unique components, all of which set us apart from other international schools in Hong Kong. Small class sizes, our approach to learning, a united community of parents, staff and students and a green and spacious environment, combine to provide a strong, supportive learning culture where students thrive.  ICHK serves approximately 300 students, 60 of whom are in Years 10–13 (Grades 9 – 12) from 15 nationalities.

Our curriculum matches our vision – to provide an innovative and creative education that inspires each and every student to achieve their full potential. Everything we do, both inside and outside the classroom, is linked to achieving this goal. We want to develop students who are curious, will ask questions and who have a passion for learning which will last a lifetime. Inquiry based learning is at the core of our teaching,  together with a commitment to delivering a curriculum that is responsive to the real world, authentic and compelling. Students gain internationally recognised academic qualifications and develop the essential life skills of communication, leadership, team mindedness and problem solving.

Our approach incorporates pioneering courses including Human Technologies, Big History, Enrichment and Flow, and Digital Creativity & Visual Thinking, which have been specially designed in-house to help students discover and develop vital skills for learning. They form part of a comprehensive academic programme which references the UK National Curriculum and delivers GCSE, IGCSE and the IB Diploma. ICHK is an independent school, approved by the Hong Kong Education Department.


ICHK attracts and retains an outstanding faculty, 73% of whom hold advanced degrees.  Our teachers are fundamental to our vision, as they have the greatest impact on our students’ learning. The best teachers are attracted to a school for the same reasons as parents and students – they like small class sizes as it helps them to ensure that every student can realise their potential, they enjoy teaching a curriculum that is relevant and stimulating as it leads to commitment and engagement, and they value being part of a learning community in which everyone embraces the notion that we are all ‘work in progress’ and have something to learn.  At ICHK there is a high degree of interaction between teacher and student, with a faculty-student ratio of 1:10., as between student and student, which is key to our learning philosophy: Inspirational learning is built on great relationships.

CAS Week

A wealth of amazing experiences is available to students during our annual Creativity, Action and Service week.  This week-long event is tailored to individual year groups and focuses on community service, outdoor pursuits, teamwork, work experience and language skills.

The programme allows our students to develop as leaders, learn about different cultures, experience the stunning natural landscape of Hong Kong and Southern China, carry out internships and develop their language and communication skills. It is a vital part of the curriculum, and helps students to challenge themselves, to bond with their teachers and classmates, and to develop in ways which simply could not be duplicated within the classroom.


To provide an innovative and creative international education to the graduating students of our partner primary schools.


Learning together, thoughtfully.


Years 10 & 11 (Grades 9 & 10)

In Year 10 and 11 the programme of study leads to GCSE and IGCSE qualifications.

All students take the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Second Language, Human Technologies (PSHE) and PE. Students also select three options from subjects including Art, Drama, Media Studies, Environmental Management, Economics, History, Expressive Arts, Global Perspectives and Enrichment & Flow.

Human Technologies and Enrichment & Flow are courses of our own design. Human Technologies introduces students to a perspective on human intelligence, relationships and actions that seek to make more sense of the curriculum, the process of schooling and their lives in general. It helps students discover and develop skills for learning including self-management, collaboration, leadership, critical thinking, inquiry and ICT skills, whilst practicing self reflection and self awareness.  Enrichment & Flow offers students the opportunity to take more control over their own learning to find their academic passion and to learn independently.

In Years 10 and 11 we ensure progression and continuity by building on the achievements of the earlier years and by preparing students for the rigours of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) offered in Years 12 and 13.

2016 IGCSE Overview
Grade Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
A* 56 21% 21%
A 91 33% 54%
B 55 20% 74%
C 45 16% 90%
D 19 7% 97%
E 5 2% 99%
F 1 0% 100%
G 0 0% 100%
U 1 0% 100%
Total 273 100% 100%

IB Diploma

Years 12 & 13 (Grades 11 & 12)

The IB Diploma is a natural progression of our school’s ethos and vision. ICHK is a community school, locally-rooted but globally minded. As an international school, we foster the fundamental principles of the International Baccalaureate:

  • International Mindedness
  • Holistic Education
  • Communication

The Senior School curriculum is currently comprised of two possible pathways. There is coherency in both programmes and aspects of each are common to all students. Each pathway is part of a continuous educational opportunity for the student.

Two academic pathways are:

  1. a) Full International Baccalaureate Diploma
  2. b) Diploma Programme Courses (Certificates)

Both pathways:

  • Meet entry requirements for a broad range of university and tertiary institutions around the world.
  • Support all students in attaining their educational goals. Our admission policies are not selective and are supported by our SEN staff.
  • Require a high level of English language proficiency, thus students requiring EAL support must make appropriate arrangements outside of school.
  • Are comprised of courses which have external verification and grading.
  • Contain a core element, as well as a wide range of examination subjects from which students may select a field of study appropriate to their ability and interests. The core is designed to ensure that the student’s education is kept within a broad context. It comprises Creativity, Action and Service (CAS), Careers Guidance, as well as Physical Education.

IB Examinations Overview

YEAR 2016 2015 2014
Number of full IBDP Candidates 10 11 14
Number Awarded IB Diploma 10 (100%) 11 (100%) 14 (100%)
ICHK Average Score 33.6 30.5 34.3
World Average 30.1 29.9 30.1

University and College Admissions and Matriculations

The following is a list of universities and colleges to which ICHK graduates have been admitted

2014 – 2016

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Birmingham University
  • Central Saint Martins College
  • Loughborough College
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Kent
  • University of Bath
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Nottingham
  • Warwick University
  • Loughborough University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Curtin University, Singapore
  • Humboldt State University, California
  • University of California – San Jose, California
  • Utah State University, Utah
  • Northeastern University, Massachusetts
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • University of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of British Columbia