Tanglin Trust School

Established in 1925, Tanglin Trust School is the oldest British international school in South East Asia. Tanglin provides the English National Curriculum with an international perspective to children from 3 to 18 years in Singapore.

Tanglin is a vibrant co-educational school of 2,800 students representing over 50 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.

As the only school in Singapore to offer A Levels or the IB Diploma in Sixth Form, all of Tanglin’s Sixth Formers study a programme that is tailored both to the subjects they are passionate about and to the style of learning that most suits them, ensuring they thrive and flourish.

Our exam results are consistently amongst the best in international schools in Singapore.  A globally recognised, prestigious international school, Tanglin students go to many of the top universities in the world.

Tanglin is inspected every year within the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, recognised by Ofsted. All three schools have been awarded ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible grade in their latest inspections (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Our teachers are at the forefront of educational best practice to develop the skills students need. 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.

“Tanglin pupils talk with passion about their school because it is special. They say it makes them feel happy and valued, not just for what they can do, but for who they are.” BSO Inspector 2019

Sport is an integral part of the Tanglin curriculum. Excellent sporting facilities enable students to participate in a wide range of competitive and non-competitive events throughout the year. Tanglin has a thriving and energetic Arts programme which plays an important part in school life. Throughout the year, there are high-quality ensembles, recitals, performances and exhibitions.

Tanglin students are also encouraged to contribute actively to the local community, support service projects and participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular pursuits that stimulate and broaden student experience. These opportunities include outdoor education trips, the International Duke of Edinburgh (D0fE) Award, and the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme.

“I am beyond thankful that Tanglin has encouraged me to develop as a person, gain a wealth of knowledge both inside and outside the classroom, nurtured me every step of the way and given me unforgettable memories I will treasure forever.” Meghan, Former Head Girl 2018/19

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Essential Information
+65 6778 0771
Preschool, Primary, Secondary
Nursery - Year 13
Starting Age
IBDP, English National Curriculum, A Levels
Year Founded
Language of Instruction
Foreign Languages Taught
French, Mandarin, Spanish
Current School Population
Maximum Class Size
Nursery: 20
Infant: 24
Junior and Senior: 24
A Level: 15
School Hours
3 years old: 09:00 – 13.50
7 years old: 07:50 - 14:50
11 years old: 07:55 - 14:50
Demographic Breakdown
47% British; 11.6% Indian; 9.8% Australian; 7.4% Singaporean; 1/8% American; 22.4% Other
Nationality Restriction
MOE approval required for Singapore citizens.
EduTrust Certified
Teacher to Student Ratio
3-4 years: 1:6 Nursery
4-5 years: 1:8 Reception
5-7 years: 1:12 Years 1-3
8-13 years: 1:24 Years 4-9
14-16 years: 1:20 Years 10-11
16-18 years: 1:15 Years 12-13
Qualification Type
I/GCSE, A Levels, IBDP
Admissions Interview
Throughout the three schools (Infant, Junior and Senior School/Sixth Form), the buildings feature large multi-purpose assembly and sporting halls, music rooms, indoor performance theatres, Information Technology suites, drama studios and science laboratories. Each school also has its own well-resourced library and health centre. Additional facilities include an eight-lane swimming pool, large outdoor sporting grounds, canteens, a future-learning room, a world-class design and technology facility, and state-of-the-art media technology suites.
Term Dates
2019/2020: 26/8/19 – 3/07/20
Term 1: 26/8/19 – 13/12/19
Term 2: 6/1/20 – 27/3/20
Term 3: 13/4/20 – 3/7/20
What Sets This School Apart

Experienced, committed and dynamic staff: The dedication and energy of our staff and their commitment to providing the most inspiring, exciting, memorable learning for our students, along with exceptional pastoral care that goes in to ensuring every child has the opportunity to achieve, whatever their strength or talent, sets Tanglin apart. Teachers are British or Commonwealth trained and experienced.

A broad and balanced curriculum: In the Infant and Junior Schools, the English National Curriculum provides the basis for the programmes of study, which are enhanced and enriched to reflect the school’s international setting. We are the only school in Singapore to offer both A Levels and the IB Diploma, allowing students to choose a pathway that is best suited to them and their individual strengths. We have a specialist team of teachers, school counsellors and careers and university guidance counsellors who support and guide students and their parents in making this important choice.

Achievements at all levels are celebrated: Tanglin students are bright, hard working and confident. They consistently achieve outstanding (I)GCSE, A Level and IB Diploma results, going on to top universities around the world. However, going to school is not only about formal learning in the classroom and passing exams, it is also about developing a community of productive global citizens whether it be through trips, sports teams, drama productions, music and the multitude of other opportunities our students embrace.
"The learning environment, the endless support from teachers and the incredible opportunities I have been given, through travel and service projects, have allowed me to grow from the shy girl I joined Tanglin as, into a confident young adult." Former Head Girl 2018

A wealth of experience: We have provided high quality education for over 90 years in Singapore. Tanglin is the oldest British
international school in South East Asia. Like our students, we have learnt and adapted along the way. What enables our students to fulfil their potential, whatever their starting point, is also about the community ethos we have built over the years. We believe in lifelong learning and we support each other to be the best we can be, in all that we do.

Excellent facilities and resources: As a not-for-profit school, all fees goes towards the provision of an outstanding education.

Our awards and accreditations: We are assessed within the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, recognised by Ofsted, UK. All three schools have been awarded Outstanding, the highest possible grade. Our Infant School is also the first school in Asia to be awarded the Early Years Quality Mark and the Primary (Infant) Quality Mark. Our Nursery is also the first in Asia to achieve Curiosity Approach Accreditation.

We have also been awarded the Historical Association Silver Quality Mark, the Geographical Association Gold Quality Mark and the Primary Science Gold Quality Mark, British Council International School Award with maximum points, and UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA), in recognition of the excellent provision and exceptional standards we offer our students in the Junior School.
As our Infant and Junior Schools are members of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), an association for headteachers of leading prep schools throughout the world, we have received the prestigious kite mark of quality.

Exciting New Developments

Tanglin’s lease on its site at Portsdown Road has been extended to 2038. Having this confidence in our future, means that we can look to develop and improve our facilities further, in the knowledge that we will be on this site for many years to come.

The new building on campus will provide a wide range of facilities, including a 50-metre swimming pool, enhanced infant facilities, gymnastics centre, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and more.

School Culture
We are a vibrant, exciting and caring environment. From the foundation set by the Infant School, right through the Junior School and in to the Sixth Form, we strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful. Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged. We set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world.
Financial Information
Annual Tuition Fee
Infant School - Nursery: $27,714
Infant School - Reception: $33,945
Infant School - Year 1 to Year 2: $34,485
Junior School - Year 3 to Year 6: $36,294
Senior School - Year 7 to Year 9: $41,874
Senior School - Year 10 to Year 11: $43,827
Sixth Form - Year 12 to Year 13: $45,828
Application Fee
Application Fee Refundable
Admission / Enrolment Fee
Building / Facility / Development Fee
Parents Association Fee
Other Fees
Uniform, transport, food, school trips.
Programs Available
Extra Curricular Activities
The Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) programme at Tanglin provides students with opportunities to pursue a range of interests by developing existing talents or learning something new. Our CCAs are divided into six areas: competitive, recreational, ensemble, creative, active and service.

The extensive CCA programme includes but is not limited to:
Arts and Crafts,
Building websites
Chamber Choir
Chinese Chess
Cross Country
Cross Stitch
First Aid
Fun Fitness Training with Hula Hoops
High Commissioner Award
Hip Hop & Breakdancing
Jewellery Making
Musical Theatre
Poetry & Drama
Rock Band
Rock Climbing
Rookie Lifesaving
Scratch Programming
Scuba Diving
Soft Toy Making
Touch Typing
Water Polo
Wind Band
Enrichment Activities
Mother tongue provision, tuition services, swimming.
Pastoral Care
Enrichment Activities
Mother tongue provision (Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese), tuition services, swimming
Pastoral Care
Special Needs Support
English as a Second Language

Website: http://www.tts.edu.sg/

Contact Number: +65 6778 0771

Email Address: admissions@tts.edu.sg

Tanglin Trust School Singapore

Tanglin Trust School Singapore