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Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah) Q & A

This mid-range priced all-through school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes while holding onto its small school ethos.
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SGD 28,000
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Aug to Jun
Tyler Sherwood
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A mix of nationalities
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Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah) Q & A

Welcome to the Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah) official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

Chatsworth is a mid-sized and internationally minded school that caters to students of approximately 50 nationalities from Kindergarten to Year 13 (Grade 12). Established in 1995, the Chatsworth mission to inspire, educate and enlighten forms the core pillars and education philosophy.

Our strong, supportive, close-knit community of students, teachers, parents and school administrators, is the foundation of Chatsworth’s education experience. Since its establishment, Chatsworth has built and maintained a small school ethos and we take pride in providing a nurturing and trusting environment where students are given the space to explore, learn and grow.

Additional Information
Chatsworth International School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), is EduTrust certified and a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). Our learning technologies are progressive and grounded in 21st century learning: we are an Apple and Google school with a 1:1 laptop program running from Year 3 upwards and iPads for our younger years.
Chatsworth delivers a balanced IB education across academics, arts, sports and service learning.

The goal of sports at Chatsworth is to develop a commitment to lifelong physical fitness, life skills, such as teamwork, resiliency, effective communication and leadership. Chatsworth is an active member of the Athletics Conference of Singapore International Schools (ACSIS). With a modest population, students get equal opportunities to be fielded across a variety of sports and age groups. Students from Years 3 to 13 have the opportunity to compete in basketball, football, badminton, cross country running, netball, touch rugby and ultimate frisbee.

During the academic year 2018-19, Chatsworth Bukit Timah had over 20 teams consisting of nearly 150 students playing close to 100 games. Chatsworth Orchard had more than 140 different students represent the school in 26 different teams at 249 matches/meets.

The Arts
Arts at Chatsworth is engaging, vibrant and inspiring!

From visual arts to drama or school musicals and heaps of arts-related CCAs and events, there are abundant opportunities for Chatsworth students to discover and hone their artistic talents and interests. It’s all about holistic education, and the arts is an integral part of such an approach.

On staff, we have teachers and educators who are involved in the community, playing piano professionally, performing their own songs and covers in live bands, recording and mixing music, singing in choirs, directing and acting in local theatre. The love we have for our art forms is well communicated to our students.

Each year, our students continue to wow us with their many talents, from Arts Nights and participation in the IN Art Exhibition at the Australian High Commission, from IB Diploma Visual Arts Exhibition to various school productions and dance competitions etc. Art gallery visits and music field-trips are also organised to further broaden students’ learning.

Chatsworth offers a number of full High School Scholarships to students entering Year 12 (Grade 11) in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the start of each new Academic Year (in August).
This Scholarship will pay for 100% of a student’s school fees and provide the student with a laptop for use for the duration of the two-year Scholarship. The Scholarship is applicable to both internal and external students and is renewable at the end of Year 12, based on the maintenance of high academic achievement and community involvement.
Excellent Campus Locations
Chatsworth has two international campuses, one in central part of Singapore in Orchard and another amidst lush greenery in Bukit Timah.

Our Orchard campus, which caters to students from Kindergarten through Year 6 (Grade 5), is situated on a heritage street in the grounds of a former colonial mansion right off Orchard Road, in the heart of Singapore, just minutes from Somerset MRT. The campus setting may look traditional and historic but we cannot emphasise enough the warmth and friendliness that are inherent amongst our internationally-minded community.

The Bukit Timah campus opened its doors to is K-13 (Grade 12) students in August 2018. It is located next to Singapore’s nature reserve and is just a short ride on our shuttle bus from the nearby Sixth Avenue MRT station.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Nearly 50 nationalities

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Chatsworth has no dominant nationality within the school, with all countries represented below 20% of the overall population - a truly international school.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Our overall ratio is 1:10.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Please refer to our Admissions team for enquiry.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

At Chatsworth, holistic education means creating an environment that cultivates character development and personal learning. The IB Learner Profile is embedded into everything we do at Chatsworth and the entire school community is encouraged to recognise and support these attributes. Highly qualified and dedicated teachers that represent around 20 nationalities offer a truly international education.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) has identified five skills (Thinking, Social, Self-Management, Research and Communication) and sub-skills that PYP teachers should strive to develop. These skills are referred to as Approaches to Learning (ATL’s). ATL’s are also at the forefront of the teachers planning for teaching and learning. When planning lessons, teachers develop activities that support the development of ATL’s. Daily opportunities are provided at school for students to practice using ATL’s and to reflect on how they are applying them to their learning. Parents can support student use of these skills outside of school by referring to them with their children. As with any tool, the more purposeful, guided opportunities we have to use them, the more skilled we become in its use.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

At Chatsworth we endeavour to develop a combination of transferable skills promoting physical and personal development. Students participate in a wide range of sports, activities, games and physical pursuits, developing their personal fitness and motor skills while refining their social and communication skills. Primary students attend two periods of Physical education each week and Middle Years students attend four periods of Physical and Health Education.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Balance is part of the Learner Profile and Units of Inquiry explore healthy lifestyles through each year level. After school activities promote exploration of additional interest areas for both teachers and students including gardening and links to the school canteen.

To further promote healthy living, we also organise a yearly Fun Run for junior students at the Botanic Gardens.

How do you promote healthy eating?

Chatsworth has recently engaged with a new canteen operator for this specific reason. The new provider will provide links to Units of Inquiry that look at healthy lifestyles and will include opportunities for students to take an active participation in the food we eat at Chatsworth. The school garden will provide opportunity for students to see how what they grow can be used in the food they prepare and eat with the school canteen providing cooking lessons for both students and parents.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

We have a full-service canteen operated by Cezars Kitchen who works with the school to promote healthy lifestyles, habits and diets for our students. Cezars Kitchen started back in 1996 in the city of Nagoya, Japan, and it has gradually grown to be serving over forty client sites (mostly international schools) in four countries (Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore) around Asia.

If yes, does it serve hot food?


What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

A healthy meal, on average, will cost a student approximately S$5.00.To promote a cashless system, junior students are issued a wristband while older students use their school ID card. Money can be added to this wristband on a top up machine located in Reception or via the new online school canteen system being rolled out this academic year.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

School commences at 9:00am for Primary and 8.50am Secondary. The Primary children finish their classes at 3.30pm and are escorted to their buses or are picked up at their classroom. Secondary students finish their classes at 3.35pm.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes. Students are required to wear school uniforms purchased from the appointed uniform provider. At the primary level, students wear our distinctive tartan patterned tops matched with our navy bottoms. Middle and High Schools students wear smart casual polo tees matched with our navy bottoms.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

At the primary level, the school leverages a digital portfolio platform that will create a meaningful home-school connection so families can better support their child’s learning. The platform provides a simple way for teachers and students to document their learning and notifies parents about their child’s work.

At the secondary level, we use a leading planning, assessment and reporting platform to document teachers comments in written summative assessments and students’ self reflection of their achievements against goals.

A mid-semester report is issued to parents before each parent-teacher-student conference to communicate progress to-date. End-of-semester reports will also be issued. We also have an open door policy where we welcome parents who wish to discuss anything with the teacher, to set up an appointment.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

We have two Three-Way Parent Teacher Student Conferences, one in Semester 1 and one Semester 2. In the primary, for Semester 2, we have a Student Led Conference where each student can talk about their learning journey with their parents.

What is your medium of instruction?

Language of instruction is English, with multiple other languages supported and taught throughout the school.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Please see Q20.

Which other languages are taught?

At Chatsworth, the Mother Tongue Languages Programme follows International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Year Programme (IBMYP) and Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum, with the support of external Mother Tongue teachers. In IBMYP, Mother Tongue curriculum is part of IBMYP Language and Literature curriculum, and is mostly project-based with guidance by the teacher. Students also study outside of school and sometimes during lunch hour with native-speaking teachers and tutors. In DP, mother tongue languages are studied as School-Supported Self-Taught (SSST) Literature subjects as well as classes with the SSST Curriculum Coordinator and Mother Tongue tutors. Chatsworth currently offers 14 mother tongue languages, including Arabic, French, Hindi, Italian and Korean.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes. A supportive English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is available to students who need help with their acquisition of English from year 1 to Secondary/ High School. Students who are not fluent in English will take an assessment to determine their language needs and entry level in the EAL programme. The number of students in our EAL programme is low for an international school, at approximately 10-15% of our student population.

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

The school offers the rigorous MYP eAssessment and IB Diploma examinations.
Chatsworth is presently one of two international schools in Singapore that have students sit for the full MYP eAssessment.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

The school encourages students to become a life-long learner and enables them to realise that learning is not confined to the school environment. The school believes that homework is a valuable experience that encourages students to be organised, self-disciplined and develop good study habits. The time anticipated for completion of homework tasks vary depending on the year levels and subjects.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

Chatsworth prides itself in the ability to offer students a differentiated education through our highly experienced international staff. Just as students with additional learning needs are supported in class with additional support, so too are our students requiring extension.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

Last year, approximately 90% of our diploma graduates were enrolled in competitive universities globally.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes. Please see Q27.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

Please also see Q27. Chatsworth provides additional support for students at the Primary and Secondary levels, where required, through a differentiated approach within the regular classroom. While the majority of needs are met within the classroom for students with assessed learning needs, our specialists may also work with students in smaller groups or within other environments, outside of the classroom. Our Learning Support Coordinator liaises with teachers, parents, students, and with specialists within the community as appropriate, and Individual Learning Programmes (ILP) are created for each student in consultation with external specialists (where appropriate). If needs emerge which are beyond the resources that the school can provide, a more appropriate educational setting will be recommended.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

On IB Diploma results for 2019, Chatsworth International School has achieved 100% pass rate with the highest score being 44 points (of a maximum 45 points), followed by 41 points in the second position. With our school average at 36 points, it is way above the world average of 29.63 points by 6.37 points.

In our IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), Chatsworth students obtained an average score of 41 as compared to world average of 32.65 points . Our top scoring candidate obtained 54 points (of a maximum 56) followed by next highest scores of 53 and 51.

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Chatsworth has dedicated learning specialists within the school to work with those students in need of additional support. Learning specialists hold degrees and experience in numerous learning needs and though some assessments can be done in school, all formal assessments are referred to our extensive network within Singapore so that students receive an official, thorough assessment for their learning needs in order to prepare an appropriate ILP to provide maximum support for learning in all areas. Any and all assessments are done in consultation with parents and the student to ensure an open communication on learning needs.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

The school is fortunate to have the support of our Chatsworth Parent Group (CPG) whose deep involvement with a variety of school and social events help forge a strong and close-knit Chatsworth community. The CPG can be joined by any parent wishing to take an active part in the school’s numerous activities and there is no minimum attendance required - simply come along whenever you are able to attend the regular Coffee Mornings and activities.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

A child’s learning is enhanced through active parent participation and Chatsworth embraces our parent volunteers in a variety of ways. From helping on field trips, to school activities such as UN Day or the School Fair, the opportunities are endless. Chatsworth has an open door policy and parents are always welcome on campus.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Participation in the school’s Board of Governors is by invitation and parents are normally selected from the CPG.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Transition is not just for the students! As a school that prides itself in our community spirit, activities are organised for all new parents that take place throughout the year. School leadership teams organise parent orientation sessions at the start of the new school year, as well as curriculum and school information sessions that are held throughout the year. Regular, more informal Coffee Mornings are organised by the CPG and include regular ‘drop-ins’ from school leadership to provide question and answer sessions.

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