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The Perse School Singapore Q & A

This well regarded British independent school opened 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
School phase
Inspection rating
No rating
Availability 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
SGD 25,000
Annual fees
SGD 25,000 - 25,000
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Opening year
School year
Aug to Jul
Claire Bell
Main teacher nationality
A mix of nationalities
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the The Perse School Singapore 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?

The Perse School Singapore is a school steeped in over 400 years of history. We combine our traditional strengths with a modern, relevant outlook. The Perse School Singapore is proud to offer our pupils a Cambridge based education supported with the latest in education technology. We are dedicated to the social, emotional and well-being of every pupil so they can live healthy, productive, capable and responsible lives and to feel included in aspects of The Perse School Singapore community.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:20 for year 1 class, 1:24 for years 2-6. At capacity each class would have a Teaching Assistant.

Does your school have a waiting list?

We currently have spaces in all year groups.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

The Perse School Singapore uses a contemporary and comprehensive curriculum. By combining a rigorous Cambridge-based curriculum, high expectations and an inquiry-based approach to teaching, students are encouraged and supported both to build their knowledge and, just as importantly, develop their critical thinking skills. Through using real-world experiences, our approach helps children demonstrate their understanding, thus ensuring learning is deeper and more sustained.

Our educational approach uses both direct instruction and facilitated learning and includes the development of critical thinking skills. This ensures that learning is focused on children developing skills and acquiring knowledge that will assist them in becoming successful life-long learners. At all stages, students are encouraged to participate in the development of learning experiences and are challenged to hypothesise, reflect, question and test in order to construct their own understandings and thus gain further knowledge.

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

Each child will get to have swimming classes once a week for 1 term a year. All children are taken to an off site pitch once a week for outdoor activities. We also have a large indoor area for children to burn off steam at break and lunch time.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

We have a Wellness Wednesday every week promoting healthy living.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

At present children can bring in their own packed lunch or order from our external lunch company - The New Luncher.

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

8.30am - 3.30pm with ECA's running Monday/Wednesday and Friday from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

Is there a school uniform?


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

With regular assessments and a very close connections between our parents and teachers.

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

Twice a year.

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


Which other languages are taught?

Daily Chinese classes throughout the school.

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?


Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?


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

The Perse School Singapore follows the Cambridge International Curriculum which involves formative progression assessments and summative Checkpoint assessments.

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

Yes, all levels are given weekly homework. The amount of time spent during homework varies depending on the year level.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

We have a qualified Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) on site who is able to support students with additional needs.

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?

At The Perse School, Singapore we are firm believers in supporting all of our young learners. Having a SENCo on site enables us to train our staff to aid our pupils in all areas of their learning. We have a comprehensive recording system for all students recognised as requiring additional input.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

Our SENCo is UK trained in all aspects of Additional Needs, this includes, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ASD.

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

The Perse School Singapore has a full time Head of Wellbeing, who is dedicated to providing support to pupils who require this service.

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