Tanglin Trust School

By adminexpat - Posted on 16 September 2013

Tanglin Trust School in SingaporeAddress: 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore, 139299
Website: www.tts.edu.sg
Email: admissions@tts.edu.sg
Telephone: +65 6770 3480
Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Enhanced English National Curriculum, (I)GCSE, A Level, IB Diploma
Teaching language: English
Age: 3 to 18 (Nursery to Year 13)


For 92 years Tanglin Trust School has been providing excellence in education to children from 3 to 18 years in Singapore. Assessed by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, all three schools
(Infant, Junior and Senior) have been awarded ‘Outstanding’, the highest grade possible. Tanglin is
a vibrant co-educational school of over 2,700 students representing over 60 nationalities and provides a unique learning environment for children from Nursery right through to Sixth Form through our Infant School (3 to 7 years), Junior School (7 to 11 years), Senior School (11 to 16 years) and Sixth Form College (17 to 18 years).
Tanglin’s academic traditions and approach to learning are grounded in a broad, balanced and
rigorous Enhanced English National Curriculum, developed to reflect our international setting and
to celebrate diversity. Tanglin is a place where students can thrive, inspired by passionate teachers
and supported by excellent pastoral care. Students are confident, caring and engaged, and achieve
lasting value beyond a strong academic background.

What the school says  

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.

What the inspectors say 

“Relationships between teachers and students are extremely positive. They show mutual respect for each other and, in so doing, succeed in creating an environment where learning can grow and flourish. Students are keen to share their ideas with their teachers as well as with each other; they are generous learners.
The curriculum also promotes the key British values of respect for, and tolerance of, different faiths, beliefs and ideas to be found across the world. By doing so, it makes a strong contribution to producing a school community at Tanglin that is highly cohesive and one that is characterised by high levels of collaboration, co-operation and respect among all groups within the school.
In lessons, students are enthusiastic, engaged and have superb attitudes to learning. Students are confident that the school’s systems to celebrate hard work and excellent behaviour are working well. Additionally, the students – who have high levels of motivation, independence, confidence and engagement in all that they do – aspire to ‘be the best they can be.”
BSO Inspection Report, Senior School, September 2017


The Enhanced English National Curriculum forms the basis of study and this is contextualised to the school’s setting in South East Asia. Following (I)GCSEs, students have the opportunity to choose either A Levels or the IB Diploma at Sixth Form. A globally recognised, prestigious international school, Tanglin students go on to some of the best universities in the world.
We believe our students are just as likely to learn outside the classroom as in it. The curriculum includes service learning, unique outdoor education opportunities and over 170 co-curricular activities. Tanglin has a thriving and vibrant arts programme with a variety of creative and collaborative opportunities available to our students. Our excellent sporting facilities enable us to provide a wide range of competitive and non-competitive sports throughout the year. We also encourage a love of languages and an appreciation of cultures.


There is an application fee of 2,675 SGD for all students and a one-off, non-refundable, Capital Levy of 3,500 SGD. Regular fees are payable termly and range from 8,727 SGD a term for nursery school and 14,487 SGD for Years 12 and 13 for the 2017/2018 school year.


Located on Portsdown Road, Tanglin Trust School is approximately 15 minutes’ drive from the west of 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.

From the Chief Executive Officer

“Tanglin is a vibrant co-educational day school where children learn to be successful and happy in their lives. In developing the whole child, we set high expectations for achievement in academics and the arts, whilst also nurturing their life skills. Our students enjoy being at school, they look forward to the challenge, the opportunities, the comradeship, the satisfaction and the fun that is part of Tanglin daily life. It is important to us that they have a clear view of the world, and their place in it, along with a deep desire to sustain it.”
Peter Derby-Crook, Chief Executive Officer

Quotes from parents 

“It is important to us that Tanglin is a not-for-profit school. You notice immediately that the facilities are excellent, that the classrooms and units are neat and well taken care of. It is reassuring to know that all school fee income goes back into the school. For us, curriculum and academics are critical. At Tanglin the children have been able to study the same subjects they would be taught in Holland which makes a future transition home easier. As a multi-lingual family, we also value the school’s mother tongue programme. There is a really good balance in lessons and assignments between creativity and content. Teachers don’t just tackle subjects on a superficial level but in real depth. I have also found the writing to be of an exceptionally high standard. The fact that Tanglin is not selective but still achieves such amazingly good results says a huge amount for the school.
The values really stand out at Tanglin. There are lovely relationships evident between teachers and students but also between student peers and between staff and parents. The school takes a very sensible, professional yet friendly approach. It is open to talking about anything. I feel that my children are important to the school and my opinion as a parent matters – I feel truly heard. I also admire the respectful, mature relationships between the children. There is less emphasis on being popular or ‘cool’ but on being a kind, friendly, caring student and friend. The messages and values that the children are taught, such as a recent lesson on humility in the Senior School, are important.
My children have thrived academically, made great friends, feel very much at home and love going to school. I couldn’t ask for more!”
Sara Marseille, Tanglin parent
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