Changing schools to The Perse School Singapore has made all the difference for this family’s kiddos!
Update: The Perse School Singapore has closed and is now known as Invictus International School Bukit Timah.
Finding the right school for the kids can be tough, and Simon and Alexander Young have experienced it firsthand. After enrolling their children in a school that didn’t quite work out, they tell us why The Perse School Singapore was the right fit. Now, their children Elena (Year 5) and Jesse (Year 2) are having a blast at this school, which follows the UK Cambridge Curriculum.
Hi Simon and Alexander! What were the most important factors for you in selecting a school?
We felt that a smaller, more intimate school would be more suitable for our family. Having already made the change from a small Cotswold village school in the UK to Singapore, placing the kids in a large campus school with 1000s of other children would’ve been very difficult for them to adapt to. It was very important from our perspective that each child is developed based on their own individual needs, with the feeling of “home” and “belonging” which they have found at The Perse.
What was the ultimate deciding factor that led you to choosing the school?
We actually let the children make the decision. As mentioned, they were attending another International School, which unfortunately was not ticking all the boxes for them or for us as parents. The Perse team extended the opportunity for our children to join a number of HBL lessons during the course of a day. We then spent time speaking with the teachers and soon found that this school was just what we were looking for.
What do your children like most about attending the school?
Both our children look forward to school every single day. They come home and cannot wait to tell us what they have experienced, learned or uncovered during the day, and even what they have planned for the next day! Very rarely do we hear the words, “I don’t want to go to school today”! They enjoy everything as far as we can tell – the friendships they are creating, the way they are developing their own personalities and new skills.
How did the school make your child feel welcome?
They spent some dedicated time with the children and assigned each of them a buddy when they joined. The children did a Perse Assessment which is designed specifically to support the children in areas that they may need additional focus.
As parents, what do you value about The Perse School Singapore?
We appreciate that it provides a safe, fun and focused approach to our children’s needs and learning development goals. The school focuses on each child individually and gives children a fantastic platform to learn and develop.
Plus, we love that we get weekly correspondence with the school’s newsletters. There is also a Parent’s of Perse Group and direct email access to our child’s teachers so that we can share any concerns or issues almost instantaneously. And the way that The Perse has managed the current pandemic has been great!
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a school?
Research, research, research! And remember, every child is different. Don’t send your child to a school because your next-door neighbour goes there and raves about it. The school has to be the right fit for your children.
Thank you, Simon and Alexander!
This post is in partnership with The Perse School Singapore.