1. What is a "through-train" school?
A "through-train" school is the linking of a primary and a secondary school. There is close collaboration between the linked primary and secondary schools. P6 pupils of a "through-train" primary school may proceed to the linked secondary school direct without going through the central allocation process.
2. What are the advantages of studying in a "through-train" school?
The primary and secondary schools implementing the "through-train" mode have the same philosophy and aspiration for education. They work closely together to have an overall planning for basic primary and secondary education and to provide students with coherent, all-round and balanced learning experiences. This not only strengthens the schools' understanding of and attention for their students, but also alleviates students' adaptation problems and pressure upon their promotion to the secondary school.
3. Can pupils in a "through-train" primary school apply for admission to other secondary schools?
4. Do pupils of other primary schools have a chance to study in a "through-train" secondary school?
"Through-train" secondary schools, both existing and newly-operated, should in principle reserve not less than 15% of their total number of S1 places for admitting pupils of other primary schools through the discretionary places or central allocation process.
5. Do "through-train" schools include kindergartens?
Only primary and secondary schools are allowed to form "through-train". Kindergartens are excluded. This is because kindergartens have full discretion in admitting pupils and their mode of financing is different from that of aided primary and secondary schools.
6. Are "through-train" schools equivalent to famous schools?
The "through-train" mode is only one of the modes of school operation. Its purpose is to provide more choices for parents and students. Both "through-train" schools and "non-through-train" schools can become quality schools.