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.
The Perse School Singapore closely follows the Cambridge International Primary curriculum enhanced by Singapore Maths and Chinese as a second language. Perse pupils use educational technologies such as Apple devices in a 1 to 1 setting as a supportive resource to foster collaboration across borders with the wider Persean community, to develop critical thinking skills, and provide global exposure. The Perse School Singapore offers an affordable world-class education that focuses on the individual potential of each child, enriching their pupils’ growth and gives them confidence for life and aspiration for achievement.
Brighton College (Singapore) is set to open in August 2020 and will provide 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 was first founded in 1619 in London by an actor linked to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. It's Singaporean grandaughter carries on it's legacy by providing students with incredible opportunities in the arts and using an enhanced form of the English National Curriculum until Year 9, when students start following the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus. Their students show outstanding results, so in 2016/2017, for example, 29 of them were awarded with either a Best in China or Best in World award for their IGCSE results. The school has actually announced they will be aiming to develop a new, even more efficient assessment system with Evidence Based Education in 2018/2019 to ensure that no achievable progress gets away!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.