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This well regarded British independent school opens a primary campus in Bukit Timah in January 2020 for up to 480 students aged six to 11 years.
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School type
International
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
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Availability 2020/21
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Annual fee average
SGD 25,000
Annual fees
SGD 25,000 - 25,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Planned
Opening year
2020
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Claire Bell
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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The Perse School Singapore
School type
International
School phase
Primary
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2019/20
fiber_manual_record All grades
Availability 2020/21
fiber_manual_record All grades
Annual fee average
SGD 25,000
Annual fees
SGD 25,000 - 25,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Planned
Opening year
2020
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Claire Bell
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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First Published:
Friday 5 July, 2019

Updated:
Monday 13 January, 2020

This well regarded British independent school opens a primary campus in Bukit Timah in January 2020 for up to 480 students aged six to 11 years.

The Perse School Singapore will add to the choice of independent British schools in Singapore by offering a “relatively affordable education” when it opens in January 2020. With annual tuition fees of around $25,000, The Perse School, will be significantly cheaper than many other top-tier schools in Singapore where average fees can reach $39,000. 

This new primary school, which is due to enrol students from early next year, will follow the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum combined with elements from the Perse Prep curriculum. There are plans to extend to a secondary school in the future.

The campus will open in Upper Bukit Timah Road, and facilities will include an indoor play area, science lab, music studio and an art, design and technology space. 

The Perse School Singapore will be founded by a partnership between Chip Eng Seng’s wholly owned subsidiary CES Cambridge (CESC) and The Perse School Cambridge International (TPSCI). The Perse School will open a second international campus in Shanghai, The Perse School Suzhou, in September 2020. Both schools are expected to build on the success of The Perse (pictured above), an independent day school for girls and boys aged 3-18 years located in Cambridge, UK, which regularly achieves some of the best exam results in the country. Commenting on the new school, Chip Eng Seng says:

“The Perse School’s emphasis on quality education both inside and outside the classroom and providing a nurturing pastoral care environment also resonates with the company’s vision for the elementary school

“In addition, the company intends for the elementary school to be a relatively affordable international school, which is in line with The Perse School’s longstanding commitment to delivering an outstanding education whilst keeping a downward pressure on fee increases.” 

The founding principal will be Claire Bell. Originally from the UK, Bell has over 20 years' teaching experience in the UK and internationally, and has managed schools from Iraq to South East Asia.

Bell says: "My ultimate goal for our exciting new school is to ignite pupil passion within their learning goals, encourage them to discover their purpose and realise their limitless potential."

The Perse School will be the third new international school to open in Singapore in 2020; both Brighton College and North London Collegiate School (NLCS), will open a campus in the country in August 2020. Brighton College (Singapore) is expected to follow the UK National Curriculum, while NLCS (Singapore) will be an all-through, co-ed day school offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma.

The three schools join a growing number of international schools offering a very 'British' education in Singapore; both NLCS and The Perse School will be competing against the well-established Dulwich College (Singapore).

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