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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Maximum||24 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Max. number of students per class||
|Native English speaking teachers||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
English an Additional Language and Additional English Support programs
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Chinese, French, Spanish
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Sha Tin College operates a Google Apps for Education domain. Allied with Smart, the Moodle-based virtual learning environment, this gives staff and students and powerful suite of tools to enrich learning and teaching. Additionally, STC continues to invest heavily in its IT infrastructure to ensure a cutting-edge backbone is in place to support the ever growing use of digital technologies.
Sha Tin College is a 1:1 laptop school. In Years 7-9 it operates a parent-owned, single model laptop programme, which is fully school-supported. Each year the school tenders for the most appropriate device for the incoming cohort. In Years 10-13 students bring their own device, which must meet the school’s minimum specifications.
Years 7-11 are required to wear a school uniform. Years 12-13 are not required to wear a school uniform.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Complete age-appropriate assessments to determine their ability to engage with an English medium curriculum.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
All ESF schools are non-selective academically. However, as English is the medium of instruction, it is essential that students demonstrate fluency in English before admission can be considered. For this reason, all students are required to pass a written English test.
|External examinations or assessments available||
IB Diploma, (I)GCSE
|School bus service available||
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Special Educational Needs program
|Learning support offered||
A wide range of services are available dependent on each student’s level of need. This may include in-class support from an Educational Assistant or Learning Support teacher, pull-out, small group support lessons, development of a student support plan or an individual educational program, and/or placement in the Learning Support Centre.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
Enrichment and extension activities are available to help students develop their special abilities and talents. Departments offer special activities and information is shared about programmes in the community.
|Sports activities included||
Badminton, table tennis, basketball, water polo, trampolining
|Sports facilities at the school||
Indoor swimming pool, sports hall, 2 open playgrounds, covered playground and 2 rooftop playgrounds
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Sha Tin College 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’
|Teaching approach of the school||
The Curriculum at Sha Tin College is designed to enable all students to fulfil their potential, giving them many opportunities and choices about their future as they move into the wider world.
The curriculum is structured around the following principles:
a) The need for breadth and balance, to give every student an opportunity to fulfil their academic and personal potential.
b) The need to ensure relevance and internationalism, to promote responsible citizenship and develop an awareness and understanding of regional, international and global issues
c) The need to develop the elements of learning: knowledge, skills, concepts and values/attitudes. This aims to foster a spirit of enquiry, a sense of adventure, a pride in individual and team achievements, the confidence to meet challenges and the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
d) The need to ensure progression and continuity, building on and extending the work done by Sha Tin College partner schools.
e) The need to ensure coherence of learning. Whilst subjects are taught through different curriculum areas, consistency of approach, common themes and inter-disciplinary links are emphasised to ensure that students gain a holistic view of knowledge and its acquisition.