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  • Mailing address:
    Tanglin Trust School (Singapore)
    95 Portsdown Road
  • T +65 6778 0771(General); 6770 3188(Enrolment)
  • F +65 6777 5862
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  • Memberships: Cambridge International School, Council of International Schools (CIS), Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), College of Teachers, U.K.Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities IB World School, EdExcel, The Headmasters & Headmistresses Conference, Investors in People, GoldEco Schools, Bronze Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), CPD Mark
  • State/Independent: Independent: private non-profit
  • Lower School Ages: 3-7
  • Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Lower School Numbers: 744
  • Middle School Ages: 7-11
  • Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Middle School Numbers: 768
  • Senior School Ages: 11-18
  • Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
  • Senior School Numbers: 1212
  • Teaching Language: English
  • SEN: Mainstream with SEN support
  • Boarding: Not available
  • Uniform: Yes
  • School Year: 3 terms from end August to end of June
  • School Hours: Nursery: 09.00 – 12.00 Reception to Yr 2: 07.55 – 13.50 Junior School: 07.55 – 14.50 Senior School: 07.50 to 14.50 (except those in Sixth form who finish at 15.55 Monday to Thursday)
  • Fee Currency: Singapore dollars
  • Fee Details: 2016-2017 Annual Fees: Enrollment Fee: $2,675; Capital Levy: $3,210 (once only); Nursery: $25,260; Reception:$30,948; Years 1-2: $31,440; Years 3-6: $33,090; Years 7-9: 38,178; Years 10-11: 40,011; Years 12-13: 41,985. The above fees include the Building Fund fees.
  • Fee Extras: External examination fees, uniforms, bus transport, food services, laptops in years 5 to 11, optional trips.
  • Religion: Non-denominational


IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

International Baccalaureate (Diploma) - Schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Dip) prepare students for university entrance by following the IB programme over the final two years of high school. This involves taking six subjects (three at higher level and three at standard level). Assessment is based on a combination of final examinations and course work that are evaluated by external examiners worldwide, and (in some cases for coursework) by internal assessment. IB examinations for each subject are held on the same days for all students worldwide - in May in the Northern Hemisphere and in October in the case of most Southern Hemisphere schools. Each subject is scored from 1-7, and up to 3 additional points may be awarded for TOK (Theory of Knowledge) essays and for the Extended Essay. A minimum of 24 points is required to obtain the IB diploma, while 45 points is the maximum. A school that has 35 diploma candidates in a given year, out of which 32 passed, has a pass rate of 91%. You can judge the results for yourself by knowing that the world average pass rate is approximately 82%. (Pupils may also opt to take certificates in the individual subject areas, though these on their own may be insufficient for university entry.)

National Curriculum for England

Authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization (not to be confused as an inspection or accreditation agency) - International Baccaulareate Organization (by contrast to the US Education turtle of a website, this one goes like a jet and has everything you're looking for right at your fingertips. We know this is a schools guide, but we couldn't help noticing...) The IBO has a very strong system for setting up IB schools and making sure they get off to a good start, but thereafter do not particularly inspect or certify those schools (although they do continue to keep a close eye on schools using their Primary and Middle Years curricula). Instead, they feel the results speak for themselves. Therefore, parents should look at an IB school's exam results and numbers of students qualifying for the IB Diploma: if those numbers are poor or dropping, take a much closer look. If a school is an IB candidate, that's a good sign....but not if it's been a candidate for a decade. Good IB exam and Diploma results do not in themselves tell you about the feel of the school or whether it's right for your child, and no one is looking into every cranny in the same way an American accreditation or Ofsted inspection officer does (not only the academics but also the governance and financial stabilty of a school). But if scores look good, and you like the buzz of the school, there's a good chance you'll find a rigorous programme that will allow a fairly seamless transition from one IB school to another. That is, before the final two year IB Diploma programme. It is very important to note that, in spite of similarities within the curriculum, the two year course is usually regarded by schools as being fairly monolithic. In other words, not made up of identical sequential parts that students can pop in and out of, from school to school, at will. Be aware that the IBO exists to set up curriculum and protocols and they are very good at what they do, but counseling or guiding parents trying to make this transition is not part of their brief.

BSO (British Schools Overseas inspection programme) - To our great delight and at long last, the UK Department for Education has launched the British Schools Overseas (BSO) programme. School. They've approved seven agencies, all authorised to perform "accreditation against standards similar to independent schools operating in Britain", complete with published inspection reports that are available to parents and show how well individual British schools abroad measure up against British standards. These inspections ensure "schools advertising a 'British character' are upholding the rigour and excellence of [the British] system". According to the UK Dept for Education website, to be recognised by the Department for Education a British school overseas must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Schools meeting the standards will have their inspection reports published on the Department's website and will be allocated a unique reference number on the national school reference system, Edubase". We would have expected this to be a fairly ponderous undertaking, taking years to get round to so many British international schools. But since it was launched in 2011, we find ourselves racing to keep pace with these fresh inspections across the globe. A (slightly confusing) (after all, how else would you have known this was an official government site?) set of maps on the following links show the locality of each British school overseas that has been inspected (or will be in the next three years) under the Department's inspection scheme. Individual inspection reports are available to download via the school location pins on these maps: Countries A-I Countries J-Z Pre-BSO Inspections Listed by Country These seven inspection providers have been approved to inspect British schools overseas under the BSO programme (inspection providers in operation and being monitored by Ofsted are marked with an asterix):

Wessex Education (UK)

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