Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is a stimulating city and often the base for expats stationed in the country. UK and Malaysia have historically had strong ties to one another, and this translates into their educational relations today with an increasing number of British schools and universities showing interest in opening campuses in the country.
Even among Malaysia’s international schools, the British Curriculum is by far the most popular curriculum – and no wonder. It feels like (global) home to many expats and is a globally recognized and widely popular program that prepares students for the best universities in the world. This may still not prepare you for the fact that there are about a hundred – yes, hundred – international British schools in and around Kuala Lumpur!
When talking about British schools, we mean those that offer the English National Curriculum and/or the Cambridge IGCSE program, i.e. the International General Certificate of Secondary Education qualification, a UK-based program equivalent to the GCSEs taken by students in Year 10-11 in the UK to prepare them for further pre-university level study like A-levels. The global community allows for some flexibility; international schools around the world can combine curricula for an even more comprehensive approach and may not divide the educational journey into Key Stages, for example, but offer different pathways toward the qualifications mentioned above. To help you narrow down your search, we’ve shortlisted 10 best British international schools in Kuala Lumpur!
ASS was the first British international school in the whole of Malaysia and is the only non for profit British international school in Kuala Lumpur. With 25% of students from Britain, Ireland, NZ and Australia, 85% of its dedicated teachers from the UK, and over 40 nationalities represented at the school, Alice Smith School is THE place for all-around international British education in KL! ASS offers outstanding facilities that allow students to achieve fantastic results and thrive academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.
GIS is an inclusive, diverse school that has been offering British-based education through a holistically shaped curriculum for over 70 years. Their widely renowned program combines first-class teaching and learning, academic mentoring, pastoral care, and wider learning opportunities and skills to awaken various forms of intelligence and cultivate innate talents. GIS has a unique learning culture based on the concept of academic care that includes personal, social-emotional, intercultural, digital, and wider learning that extends well beyond what is usually expected from an educational institution – and its students surpass all expectations as well!
GIM is a British international school with what they call a simple purpose: to empower an inclusive international community of safe, happy, and successful learners who aspire to positively impact others. Instead of teaching student compliance, they are taught self-regulation. This enjoyment-centered, values-driven approach doesn’t hinder academic success or put it on the back burner – quite the contrary. GIM students keep breaking IGCSE records, even in pandemic times, with 100% of students achieving or exceeding their target grades in 2021, for which GIM credits students’ hard work, teachers’ expert guidance, and parents’ informed support.
GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark (Soon to be: Sri KDU International School), Jalan MP 2, Tropicana Metropark, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +603 5036 8900, firstname.lastname@example.org, metropark.gems.edu.my
BSKL offers an internationally recognized English National Curriculum taught by world-leading teachers in state-of-the-art facilities. On average, its primary school pupils perform 10 points better than their peers at other international schools, while its secondary school students complete the GCSE and A-Level qualifications, allowing them to go on to attend the best universities in the world (BSKL earned the best global results in Nord Anglia Education for the 3rd consecutive year), with 100% of students passing A-levels and 100% of university applicants receiving an offer! Besides academic pursuits, BSKL emphasizes student health and wellbeing, creativity, community initiatives, and all-around enrichment.
The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, No 1 Changkat Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47800 Malaysia, +603 7727 7775, email@example.com, www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/british-international
BIS’s philosophy is rooted in the present and looking towards the future – this Cambridge International school follows an internationally recognized British curriculum and believes that investing care, attention and time in every individual leads to understanding themselves as powerful agents who can engage with the global world in meaningful, realizable ways. BIS supplements the Cambridge curriculum with many special and forever-evolving courses and programs such as Bright Leader, Social Clubs, Arts&Crafts, Music, and more, and its key focuses are developing creativity, collaboration, leadership, global citizenship and life-long learning!
Qosmo is a new international school that believes it is about to revolutionize education in Malaysia by placing children – and technology – in the focus of the learning experience! The school assesses each student individually without separating them on a standardized basis on their performance. QIS also believes in using the latest learning technology to assist in practical teaching and learning enhancement, including in personal projects. Academically speaking, it follows the Cambridge International Curriculum which takes students from the primary stage through to the university entrance level, but does so interactively, holistically, and innovatively.
Cranbridge International School is approved to offer Edexcel Academic Qualifications (GCSEs, A-Levels, and International CSEs), studied in over 55 countries worldwide and at over 350 independent schools in the UK – you can learn more about Edexel here! Cranbridge fine-tuned its educational approach to our rapidly changing world, putting an emphasis on STEM and incorporating humanities into its British curriculum, while co-curricular activities ranging from team sports to personal development, awareness programs, and outdoor recreational activities.
Before fully committing to preparing students for obtaining the IGCSE qualifications in Grades 9-10, Oakbridge International School guides them on a unique educational journey with IGCSE – and ultimately the global world – readiness as the end goal. The school customizes students’ learning paths with technical support and ongoing assessments; gives them access to a virtual curriculum rich in multimedia; uses STEM as an entry point towards critical thinking; and develops students’ level of higher-order thinking skills, incorporating social-emotional learning and a leadership program into the curriculum too.
Wonderfully situated at a Cheras hilltop, Sri Sempurna International School strikes a balance between academic excellence and holistic development, basing the spiritual growth of its students on a firm belief in God. It has a humble, giving spirit that sets its students up for big achievements and exponential growth. SSIS offers the Cambridge Primary Syllabus and the IGCSE. Student life at SSIS is rich with special days that include field trips, Sports Day, Speech Day, Entrepreneur Day and the like!
Sekolah Sri UCSI Kuala Lumpur is international in both student body and approach – it offers both the Malaysian National Curriculum and the International Cambridge Curriculum. It is also a Microsoft Showcase School and the first Finnish Experience Flagship School in Malaysia, which is a holistic partnership that introduces four new tech-based modules for a truly 21st-century education and develops skills such as coding, gamification, robotics, IT, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence!