Generations of Excellence
Established in 1925, Tanglin Trust School is the oldest British international school in Southeast Asia. Tanglin is a vibrant co-educational school of 2,800 students representing over 55 nationalities, and provides a unique learning environment for children from Nursery right through to Sixth Form. As a not-for-profit school, tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.
Tanglin has developed its own curriculum framework from Nursery to Year 9 (3-14), designed to ensure clear progression for students at every stage. Tanglin is in a unique position to offer students a curriculum which encompasses core elements of the British Curriculum enhanced by the latest research in curriculum design from around the world to ensure it is perfectly matched to our context and community.
Tanglin Infant, Junior and Senior schools recently underwent a single inspection process by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) arm of Ofsted and was awarded the highest possible grade of ‘Outstanding’. Tanglin is the only school in Singapore to undergo this UK government inspection scheme. The BSO report highlighted that ‘the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding across the whole school and contributes to pupils of all ages and abilities making rapid progress and achieving consistently high standards in all subjects.’
Tanglin is also the only school in Singapore to offer students the choice to take either A Level or the IBDP programme at Sixth Form. Both of these achieve outstanding results, consistently surpassing Singapore and global averages, with around 96% of graduates receiving their first or second choice university, which are among the best in the world.
Participation in CCAs
Tanglin believes in providing a holistic education and values the importance of extracurricular activities alongside academic achievement. The co-curriculum programme at Tanglin is a crucial pathway designed to broaden our students’ horizons. The CCA pathway begins at Infant School and is an important aspect of the Early Years programme. Moving onto the Junior and Senior school, the CCA programme for students is extensive. The 2023 school year saw over 500 different clubs and societies on offer, 23 different sports played by nearly 1,000 students, 24 drama performances and 1,226 students involved in residential trips. Participation is high with over 90% of students across the school involved in CCAs.
Outdoor education at Tanglin is designed to provide transformational experiences and opportunities to develop greater independence and resilience. During the 2022/23 school year, 1226 students were involved in residential trips both in and outside of Singapore including destinations like Malacca, Japan and India. The Duke of Edinburgh programme also saw strong cohorts across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
Tanglin’s Extensive Sports Programme
Tanglin offers over 23 sports, and the opening of the Centenary Building has further enhanced Tanglin’s sports facilities, supporting the development of fundamental movement skills and providing opportunities for sporting excellence.
Tanglin’s Centenary Building which opened in 2023 is an impressive addition to the school campus, with aspirational facilities designed to benefit the school and wider Tanglin community. Students of all ages now enjoy the Olympic standard gymnasium and swimming pool, 25-metre climbing wall, as well as a state-of-the-art Music Department. Located over two floors, the new music department is a central music hub for the whole School, where Seniors and Juniors can participate in individual and group lessons, and ensembles and performances can happen. Tanglin recently launched the Centenary Music Scholarship. Open to Senior School students, the scholarship reflects Tanglin’s high academic expectations and demonstrates how inspirational learning spaces lead to aspirational learning opportunities.
The Centenary Building is also home to The Institute@Tanglin, a unique new learning facility that promotes excellence, provides thought leadership, and encourages discourse to inspire challenge and prepare students to become the next generation of leaders. No other International school in Singapore has an offering of this kind and since its inception, it has worked with teachers, learning bodies, businesses and mentors to help students become more ‘future-ready’.
For the third year in a row, Tanglin was named one of the top 125 private schools globally in the Spear’s School Index by Carfax Education and is one of 15 schools selected from the China and Southeast Asia region. All aspects of the school are considered in the selection process. Aside from formal criteria such as academic results and preparation for university entry, schools are selected for their unique ethos, their local and international reputations, and how they prepare future-ready students for the globalised world.
Continued academic success:
Our exam results consistently outperform Singapore and the UK average. 58% of this year’s A Level cohort achieved an A or A*, compared to the UK average of 27.2%. The IB cohort achieved an average Diploma score of 38.7 points, more than 8.5 points above the world average of 30.2.
Tanglin Trust School has a long tradition of providing British-based learning with an international perspective. At Tanglin we strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful. Responsibility, enthusiasm, and participation are actively encouraged, and integrity is prized. Working together in a safe caring yet stimulating environment, we set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world.
Located on Portsdown Road, Tanglin Trust School is approximately 15-minute drive from the city centre. The School is positioned within Singapore’s ‘one-north’ high technology cluster of biomedical sciences, ICT and media industries and amongst the heritage and nature areas of Rochester Park and the Wessex Estate.