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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Maximum||30 students / class|
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|Native English speaking teachers||
|Entry evaluation for students||
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
As English is the medium of instruction, apart from Chinese lessons, the admissions interview is based around whether a candidate has sufficient language, at an age appropriate level, to learn effectively through English. Interviews are intended to be informal and friendly and are conducted by experienced primary school teachers who realise that some students may be nervous and need to be put at their ease.
|School bus service available||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Quarry Bay School is an inclusive school where all students are included as part of the school community. The Special Needs department provides a variety of support structures for children with Individual Needs.
|Learning support offered||
In the mainstream, the SEN manager and team of Educational Assistants support children with a range of needs including Specific Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorder, Speech and Language Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Additional support is provided for children indentified as having moderate learning difficulties. This program has a maximum of 7 students who are supported by the Learning Support Class Manager and team of Educational Assistants. Where ever appropriate the students are integrated into the mainstream classes. The specialist team works collaboratively with the class teachers to enhance the learning of all students.
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|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Battle of the books, Chinese dance, Chinese diabolo, Chinese drumming, choir, nature art, orchestra, performing arts and drama, chess, rock band, soccer, netball, rugby
|School provided lunches||
Students bring their own snack and lunch to school.
|Sports activities included||
Students have one PE lesson per week.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Quarry Bay School is one of 21 schools run by the English Schools Foundation (ESF). The ESF was founded by Ordinance in 1967 to provide a ‘modern liberal education’ through the medium of English. Quarry Bay School is the oldest English Schools Foundation primary school in Hong Kong.
Quarry Bay School aims to encourage a love of learning by providing learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom that help to develop confident, happy and successful learners who are curious about the world.
QBS uses the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) as its curriculum framework and has been an authorised IB World School since May 2010.
|Teaching approach of the school||
Children at QBS develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding of concepts through guided inquiry. Classrooms foster curiosity and promote discovery by making learning relevant to the “real world” and challenging for each student. QBS starts from children’s prior knowledge and build on each student’s strengths, experiences, and cultural and linguistic background to support learning. QBS encourages children to become independent learners and critical and creative thinkers who are empowered to take action.