Singapore / Singapore Central / Queenstown / Tanglin Trust School

Tanglin Trust School Q & A

Founded in 1925 Tanglin has over 95 years' experience delivering British-based education to Singapore's international community. At least for the international community, it is part of the fabric of the city.
Parents' Rating
4.3 out of 5 based on 226 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Availability 2022/23
Availability 2023/24
Annual fee average
SGD 27,500
Annual fees
SGD 27,714–27,714
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Aug to Jun
Craig Considine
Main student nationality
United Kingdom
Main teacher nationality
United Kingdom
Does your child attend this school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.

Welcome to the Tanglin Trust School 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.

If you have to highlight three strengths of your school, what would they be?

With over 95 years experience, Tanglin has a well-established history of excellence in education. Being a not-for-profit school means that all revenue is devoted to the provision of education. We are the only school in Singapore to offer both IB and A Level at Sixth Form giving our students the opportunity to choose the best pathway for them. The British-based curriculum is flexible and tailored to the school's location in Singapore.

Does your school have a waiting list? In which years?

Yes, in most years. Please do check our admissions department through the following contact details for advice on the current status of waiting lists.

Tel: +65 6770 3583 / +65 6770 3480

Email: [email protected]

What are qualities and characteristics that define your school and its students?

Tanglin is a vibrant co-educational school of 2,800 students representing over 50 nationalities and provides a unique learning environment for children from Nursery right through to Sixth Form. As a not-for-profit school, tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.

Whilst the school's academic traditions and approach to learning are grounded in a broad, balanced and rigorous English National Curriculum, it has been developed to reflect our international setting and to celebrate diversity.

As the only international school in Singapore to offer A Levels or the IB Diploma in Sixth Form, all of Tanglin’s Sixth Formers study a programme that is tailored both to the subjects they are passionate about and to the style of learning that most suits them, ensuring they thrive and flourish.

"This bespoke approach to curriculum development ensures that all pupils, regardless of ability, are provided with work that engages, challenges, excites and motivates. It is no wonder pupils say, 'we absolutely love it here'."

British Schools Overseas Inspection



We treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves.

We value our parent community and encourage their participation in school.

Tanglin is a community where everyone is valued and included.


Tanglin seeks to act ethically and according to the principles of social and environmental responsibility.

We value teachers who learn and learners who teach.

We value the opportunity for all to take risks, learn from mistakes, express themselves, and reflect on life and learning.


We are driven by our desire to teach students how to enjoy learning, playing, and making friends.

We allow students time and space to be who they are and discover who they might become.

We celebrate students' personal fulfilment, achievement, and success in all that they do, in and out of school.

How many nationalities are represented in your school? How international would you say your school is?

There are over 50 different student nationalities. Most common languages spoken after English are Mandarin, Hindi, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Urdu, Italian, German and Spanish.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Tanglin’'s proportion of British students is currently the highest.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

Nursery: 1:6

Reception: 1:8

Years 1-3: 1:7

Years 4-9: 1:24

Years 10-11: 1:20

Sixth Form: 1:15

Please describe your approach to teacher recruitment in terms of the balance of staff you seek in terms of nationalities and in terms of years of experience/ qualifications you look for. Please also provide details of how you use teaching assistants.

For Infant and Junior School teaching staff, Tanglin recruits teachers with a minimum of 2 but preferably 3 to 4 years of post PGCE or QTS experience in the British Curriculum. For Senior School teaching staff, Tanglin recruits teachers with a minimum of 2 but preferably 3 to 4 years post PGCE or QTS experience in either the British Curriculum or IB. Tanglin Trust School in Singapore is an equal opportunities employer committed to the on-going professional development of all of our employees.

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

(I)GCSE, A Levels and IB Diploma

Please provide details of how well your school did in its previous 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?

Please find an overview of Tanglin's exceptional academic results from the last six years here:

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

Through an innovative approach to learning and dynamic teaching staff, Tanglin nurtures and inspires students to achieve their personal best. Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged, and integrity is prized. Working together in a safe, caring yet stimulating environment, we set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world.

Tanglin encourages both broad participation and the achievement of excellence in the arts, sport, outdoor education and co-curricular activities.

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

Physical Development is a prime area of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework at Tanglin.

We believe that physical development promotes a sense of wellbeing. Through physical activity using multi-sensory experiences in outdoor and indoor environments, links between cognitive development and movement are enhanced.

Highly skilled and experienced teachers allow opportunities for active play in a safe and challenging environment, using a range of resources. During focused physical development lessons, children develop fundamental motor skills to enhance agility, balance, coordination and strength. This may take place in a specialist sports hall, the swimming pool, an outdoor play area, or within EYFS learning environments.

From this foundation we offer a physical education curriculum in Years 1 and 2 that gives children the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in an atmosphere of creativity, enjoyment and personal development. Through a range of activities, children learn about cooperation, develop resilience and gain a love of being physically active.

Sport continues to be vibrant element of the Junior School and is firmly embedded in our school culture. The childhood years have been highlighted as a crucial time for ongoing participation in physical activity to be nurtured and maintained. There is a wide range of benefits to youth sports participation such as fitness, mental health, psycho-social development and numerous other traits. We strive to educate our students on the benefits of all of these.

At Tanglin, everyone is encouraged to participate in sport and celebrate success at all levels. Sport forms an integral part of the Tanglin curriculum, co-curricular activity (CCA) and sports and recreational club (SRC) programmes.

Tanglin sports teams play as the Tanglin Lions. All students, all teams, all sports, across the entire school are the Tanglin Lions!

We are privileged to have world class facilities and a dedicated team of qualified and experienced sport specialists, enabling us to provide an extensive programme of the highest quality.

Tanglin offers students the opportunity to compete in inter-and intra- school events, with more than 140 teams competing in 17 different sports each year, both in Singapore and the overseas. We participate in:

ACSIS (Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools)

FOBISIA (Federation of British Schools in Asia)

SEASAC (South East Asia Student Activity Conference)

This school is in a Best School by parents ranking

Tanglin Trust School is a Best of school, a ranking determined by parent surveys on the site. It can be found in the following Best of rankings:

If you are the owner or the principal of the school and note any inaccuracies, or would like to update data, you can now open an account with us. You will also be able to add admissions availability per year group, and advertise current job vacancies. This is a free service. Please help us keep prospective parents up to date with your latest information.

Are you looking for a place for your child, and want help from our school consultants? If so, click on the link below, and we will forward your request for information to the school or schools of the same type that we are confident have availability. This is a free service for our readers. Request Information

Latest Singapore articles
Choosing A School

Everything You Need to Know About the CAT4

As a new academic year is underway, your child may be preparing to sit a CAT4. So, what ex…


Record Numbers Get Uni Place Via Clearing

A record number of UK 18-year-olds have secured a place at a UK university using Clearing.…

School Performance

Top UK Boarding Schools for A Level Results

The top five boarding schools in the UK for A Levels results in 2023 are Oxford Internatio…

School Fees

Singapore's Top Scholarships for the IBDP, Music & More!

If your child is academically-gifted or has exceptional skills and talent in the arts, tec…

Choosing A School

Top 10 UK Independent Schools for BTECs

BTECs (Business and Technology Education Council – named after the body which first …


Checkmate: Why Chess Should Be Taught In Schools

Schools worldwide, including the Overseas Family School in Singapore, recognise that chess…

School Performance

On-screen GCSEs: Are They a Success?

Thousands of students received their results this summer after sitting traditional pen-and…


Starting Online School: Your First Year Checklist

Starting an online school can be an unfamiliar and new experience. As students take their …

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All