Curriculum: UK (IGCSE, A Level); IB (IBDP)
Student body: 2,800
Tuition fees (Year 1-13): $33,537-44,571
Key facilities: 25m swimming pool, sports field, climbing wall, sports courts, theatre facilities, ICT suites,
film and media department
Latest exam results: IBDP average score of 38.1; 93% of A Level grades A*-C; 98% of IGCSE grades achieved were A*-C (2018)
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Location: Central, Queenstown
Tanglin Trust School has more than 90 years’ experience delivering a British-based education to Singapore's international community. This large school uses a ‘schools within a school’ model to create a close-knit community, and students have access to some outstanding modern facilities including a Foley pit, visual effects studio, 40-seat screening room, and design and technology labs. Tanglin is the only school in Singapore to offer both the IBDP and A Levels at sixth form level.
This choice matters as it allows all rounders to follow the DP should they so wish, whilst those seeking specialisation can continue with a narrower set of A' Levels. Both qualifications are accepted by universities around the world. In this regard it is worth pointing out its results in external examinations are deeply impressive, particularly its IBDP average. It will be helped in this regard by its ability to direct students to pathways that most suit them.
Key features of the curriculum include Latin in Years 7-9, life skills in Years 10-11, and a choice of Chinese, French and Spanish in Years 7-8. At the heart of the school is the TTS Foundation, which funds inspirational visitors and a sports and arts programmes. It’s an extremely well-run school with a strong pastoral system, an excellent academic record and a focus on learning beyond the classroom.
What the school says: “We acknowledge every child is different and needs change as they grow… Although every school has to have structure to its operation, we work hard to avoid having a ‘fixed menu’ so we can identify and meet the varying needs of each individual.”
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