International schools prepare your kiddos for educated globe-trotting and being an informed global citizen. There are so many fantastic schools to choose from, and one of the most important criteria for making that choice is the type of curriculum the school teaches. The British, UK or English National Curriculum is a highly structured, incredibly globally popular curriculum developed to ensure, first and foremost, a degree of uniformity through a general framework prescribed by the UK government. The rigorous curriculum is followed by a rigorous selection of teachers who teach it. Needless to say, only the best of the best can meet the teaching standards. The efficiency of both the curriculum and the teacher’s performance is regularly reported on for each student and each subject through evaluation forms and the collected data is used to help the students flourish individually further. The curriculum prepares students for GCSE and A-Level senior school qualifications, and the ultimate goal of premium UK higher education, through compulsory subjects taught at an age-appropriate level.
However, the global community does allow for some flexibility. For example, British education is divided into Key Stages, but this is sometimes lost on the global level as many schools offer different curricula simultaneously or combine them to provide an even more comprehensive approach. Check out our Guide to British Curriculum Schools in Singapore!
Since 1995, EtonHouse has been a well-known and trusted name that offers a through-train K12 education pathway from Pre-School to High School. You can choose from the multiple campuses islandwide to send your child to an EtonHouse pre-school or primary school near your home and then transition to their boutique K-12 campus centrally located at Orchard. The Orchard campus offers levels from Year 1-13. The school follows the UK Key Stage curriculum followed by the Cambridge IGCSE in secondary and the IB Diploma in the sixth form. Middleton International School, also part of EtonHouse, and offers an affordable international school option for families. It provides the UK International Primary Years (IPC) curriculum in the primary years, followed by the Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels in the sixth form.
EtonHouse International School Orchard, 10 Tanglin Rd, #01-01, Singapore 247908, +65 131 155, email@example.com, www.etonhouse.edu.sg/orchard
The Perse School Singapore is a boutique British prep school that closely follows the Cambridge International Primary curriculum enhanced by Singapore Maths and daily Chinese. The school emphasises academic achievement with a unique, nurturing environment only possible in a small school setting. The Perse School Singapore offers a British Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (5 to 7 years), Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years) and will be opening Key Stage 3 in August 2022, beginning with Year 7 and gradually extending into secondary school.
From Year 3, each child is taught by subject-specific teachers. Working with an understanding of how children progress in that subject, the school’s subject specialists have the ability to extend and fine-tune children’s learning in the traditional prep school manner.
The Perse School Singapore offers an affordable world-class education that focuses on the individual potential of each child, giving them confidence for life and aspiration for achievement.
The Perse School Singapore, 191 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588180, +65 6971 8210, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.perse.edu.sg
Brighton College (Singapore) provides an outstanding education for children aged 18 months to 11 years that is supported by its three key pillars of curiosity, confidence, and kindness. This ethos will support the delivery of the Brighton College Curriculum, incorporating the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum, together with a rich co-curricular program. Click HERE for more information on admissions.
Brighton College, 1 Chuan Lane, Singapore 554299, +65 6505 9790, www.brightoncollege.sg
Dulwich College (Singapore) is an international school for students aged 2-18 with a British independent school ethos and draws upon 400 years of excellence, innovation, tradition and values of the founding school in London. Dulwich has a global outlook and contemporary approach, reflecting the diversity of our 2600 students from more than 50 nationalities. The College is academically selective and follows an enhanced British curriculum adapted for the needs of our international student body. Students follow the IGSCE curriculum in Years 9, 10, and 11 and the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13. Continuing the tradition of excellence started by the founding school, Dulwich College in London, Dulwich College International graduates go on to study at leading universities in the UK, USA and around the world.
Dulwich College (Singapore), 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore, 658966, +65 6890 1003, admissions.singapore@
Since 1972, Dover Court International School Singapore has been one of the leading inclusive British international schools in South East Asia. Them being a part of the global education group Nord Anglia International allows them to provide their students with daily access to international opportunities through their Global Campus. They also offer otherwise unattainable opportunities through their collaborations with Julliard and MIT, for example. Their curriculum is based on the English national curriculum, but fine-tuned to the needs of the global student!
Dover Court International School, 301 Dover Road, 139644, Singapore, +65 6775 7664, email@example.com, www.dovercourt.edu.sg
Located near the Singaporean border, Marlborough College Malaysia offers an excellent, contemporary education on a day or boarding basis and does so by broadly following the English National Curriculum in order to strike that fine balance between breadth and specialization. The school spiced up the curriculum with a host of academic extension and enrichment activities and made sure to provide the students with mindful, specialized spaces for acquiring those particular knowledges, while at the same time nurturing them to be independent, have a strong sense of discipline and to be respectful of, and engage with, the host country.
Marlborough College Malaysia, Jalan Marlborough, 79250 Iskander Puteri, Johor, Malaysia, +607 560 2200, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.marlboroughcollegemalaysia.org
One World International School is one of those that decided to mix things up and combine curricula to create their own perfect hybrid. They are a relatively small community, but one that sticks together to provide your kiddo with "future-proof" education. They follow the IB curriculum in their Primary School, while their Secondary uses an IGCSE program based on the UK National Curriculum additionally adapted for their international student body. Their classes often involve cross-curricular connections to reinforce a broader, global viewpoint.
One World International School, 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075, +65 6914 6700, email@example.com, www.owis.org
These veterans with over 90 years of experience welcome students with open arms. They are a non-selective, non-for-profit school that continuously reflects on its own practice in order to make continuous progress, which is why their students continue to go on to the world's top universities. They tailored their British-based curriculum to fit the specificity of the school's broader location, without losing sight of the key driving force that is enabling their students to become global citizens and lifelong learners.
Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299, +65 6778 0771, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tts.edu.sg
This truly special school is carried by a community of interconnected specialists that provide individualised and multi-dimensional support to its students. These caregivers, teachers, therapists and counselors believe in the intuitive and engaging nature of the learning experience, but above all maintain that no two brains are alike and that there are many paths to successful learning. Their mainstream British curriculum is taught in very small groups through multi-sensory lessons, personalised instruction and integrated arts.
The Winstedt School, 1208 Upper Boon Keng Road Singapore 387312, +65 6715 5373, email@example.com, www.winstedt.edu.sg
EtonHouse International School - International Primary Years (IPC) Curriculum in the Primary Years, followed by the Cambridge IGCSE and A-Levels in the Sixth Form
The Perse School Singapore - Cambridge International Primary Curriculum
Brighton College - UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum
Dulwich College (Singapore) - IGSCE Curriculum and IB Diploma Programme
Dover Court International School - English National Curriculum
Marlborough College Malaysia - Host of Academic Extension and Enrichment Activities
One World International School - IGCSE Program Based on the UK National Curriculum
Tanglin Trust School - British-based Curriculum
The Windstedt School - Small Group Mainstream British Curriculum
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