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North London Collegiate School (Singapore) Review

North London Collegiate School (NLCS) will open a campus in Singapore in August 2020 for children aged three to 16 years. The school is known internationally as being selective and strong on academic attainment.
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School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
not_interested No
Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
SGD 39,500
Annual fees
SGD 30,925 - 43,988
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Status
Planned
Opening year
2020
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Paul Friend
Owner
North London Collegiate School (NLCS)
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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North London Collegiate School (Singapore)

North London Collegiate School (Singapore) Review

School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
not_interested No
Availability 2020/21
fiber_manual_record All grades
Annual fee average
SGD 39,500
Annual fees
SGD 30,925 - 43,988
Price band help
Premium
Status
Planned
Opening year
2020
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Paul Friend
Owner
North London Collegiate School (NLCS)
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Updated:
Tuesday 12 November, 2019

North London Collegiate School (NLCS) will open a campus in Singapore in August 2020 for children aged three to 16 years. The school is known internationally as being selective and strong on academic attainment.

The prestigious British independent school, North London Collegiate School (NLCS), will open a campus in Singapore in August 2020.

The all-through, co-ed day school will be the third international campus for NLCS, following NLCS Jeju in South Korea, which opened in 2011, and NLCS Dubai, which opened in 2017.

The curriculum
NLCS (Singapore) was originally planned to be an International Baccalaureate continuum school, which will offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma.

For its first year at least, however, the school says it will offer a curriculum “based largely on that of NLCS (UK)”. This means that we can expect an education that's based on features of the UK National Curriculum and the IB programme up to 16 years, when students take their GCSES, followed by the IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11-12. 

It promises to bring "NLCS’ ethos of rigorous scholarship, extra-curricular excellence and outstanding pastoral care to Singapore".

Academic results
NLCS UK has been ranked number one in the UK for International Baccalaureate results with an average Diploma score never dipping below 40 points. In 2016 the school saw an average score of 41.7. The South Korea school, which is only in its third year for IBDP, has an average of 38 points – on a par with the highest ranking schools in East Asia.

School leadership
Paul Friend has been appointed principal at NLCS (Singapore); he moves to Singapore from his position as principal at North London Collegiate School’s (NLCS) first international school in Jeju, Korea. Prior to this, Friend held four headships, including one at Dulwich College Shanghai.

Campus and facilities
The school is currently under construction on Depot Road in Bukit Merah. We can expect a large, modern campus with facilities including a performing arts centre, modelled on NLCS London (seating capacity of 724); six-lane 50m swimming pool; gym, football field and tennis and basketball courts; separate junior and senior libraries; 1,100 sq m outdoor plaza play area; roof gardens on the 3rd and 8th storeys; and a sixth form centre,

There will be a kindergarten block with dedicated library, art room, music room and multipurpose hall, as well as a separate drop-off area.

Admission and fees
NLCS (Singapore) is now registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE), which regulates Singapore's private education sector.  It is accepting applications from students from Pre-KG to Grade 10 for entry in the 2020/21 academic year; the school will open Grades 11-12 in subsequent years.

The school is academically selective. 

"Our admissions procedures are rigorous and NLCS (Singapore) is academically selective. We firmly believe in only enrolling students into our school whom we are sure will thrive in our care."

Fees range from $30,925 for FS1 up to $45,885 for Year 13, making it one of the most expensive international schools in Singapore. Additional fees an application fee of $500, a one-off capital levy of $3,500 and a one-off enrolment fee of $3,500. For the founding Year, NLCS (Singapore) is waiving the capital levy.

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