Invictus International School enrols children aged six to eight years in Grades 1 and 2 at a small, waterfront campus in Sentosa.
Invictus International School is offering expat families living in Sentosa a back to basic, affordable choice of international education with annual fees of $17,000; there is just one other international school for Grades 1-2 in Sentosa, which is EtonHouse Sentosa.
Invictus opened the doors of its Bukit Merah-based campus for the first time in August 2016, offering just 75 places for children in Grades 1 and 2, aged six to eight years. In 2017, it relocated to a new campus in Dempsey Hill where it offers classes for just under 200 students in Grades 1-6. The new Sentosa campus is open for Grades 1 and 2 only, and students transfer to Dempsey Hill for Grades 3-6.
Invictus will open a new bilingual primary school and a new secondary school campus in September 2020– the Centrium campus. Invictus has opened other schools in Hong Kong and Cambodia too. What began as a small standalone primary, has now expanded into a small global family of primary and secondary schools.
The school says: "Our Sentosa campus is an excellent choice for expatriates living on the island to send their young children joining Grade 1 and 2 because it minimises stress from long distance commuting to and from school, and allows the younger children to learn in a familiar and conducive environment."
As well as remaining one of Singapore’s smallest schools, Invictus is one of only a few schools to offer the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The school says: "Sentosa campus offers the same IPC curriculum as the Dempsey Hill campus, so the older children can integrate seamlessly into Grade 3 classes at Dempsey Hill by the time they graduate from Grade 2."
Back to basics
Invictus has received widespread media coverage, not only for its low school fees but also for its ‘back to basics’ style of education. Founded by South African entrepreneur John Fearon (a parent who felt so disgruntled with the cost of education in Singapore that he decided to found his own school), Invictus offers a private education without the frills.
In the words of founding principal Mary Ann Davies, the school believes that quality education is simple.
We don’t believe that this simplicity needs the embellishment of a multitude of expensive out of classroom experiences for our children.
Instead, it claims to concentrate on learning within the classroom, and leaves the extra-curricular activities at the parents’ front door.
As a standalone primary school rather an all-through school, the question parents may ask is where will my child go next? Some will prefer this small and intimate environment for young learners, others may only be here in Singapore for the primary years anyway. The school is also fully aware that some families use Invictus as a 'holding school' while they wait to get a place at their preferred school.
The opening of the centrally located Centrium campus does help to solve the problem of where Invictus students go after completing Grade 6, particularly if parents want to continue paying similar tuition fees.
Admission and fees
There is a standard annual fee of $17,000 for all years, which is payable in five instalments throughout the year; this is really handy if you need to budget. Are there plenty of hidden fees to surprise you though? Thankfully, no. Budget for an additional $2,700 to cover the assessment test, academic field trips and uniform, and an optional $2,000 for IT equipment and $2,000 for co-curricular activities.
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