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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Class sizes||Average||17 students / class|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
Malaysian, Chinese and Korean
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
In KTJ Primary, each classroom is supported by a dedicated teaching assistant. In KTJ Secondary, students with special learning requirements receive help from our Learning Support Team.
|Native English speaking teachers||
KTJ is a British International school so all lessons are taught in English, expect for language lessons such as Bahasa Melayu.
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
English Additional Language (EAL) support is provided to students who do not speak English as a first language and require additional help to actively participate in and out of the classroom.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, French.
|Use of technology in the classroom||
As part of KTJ's Vision 2030, it is our goal to explore opportunities in emerging digital learning and to develop our students' digital citizenship; alongside delivering a digital plan which enhances learning, strengthens relationships within our community and extends our reach. We have recently introduced a Bring Your Own Device Policy for the Secondary School from January 2021, where all students will be expected to bring a laptop or tablet to every lesson. We will also be enhancing our provision of devices in the Primary School. Technology plays a part in everyone's lives and so it is important students develop healthy habits. Part of this means recognises that technology and devices are used for leisure as well as work. Therefore, we don't ban the use of mobile phones during the school day, but we have in place a set of rules which help students to understand when it is appropriate to use a device and the etiquette around use. We have zones around the School which indicate either no use, free use, or use with permission. What's more, we do not allow anyone, either staff or student, to wander around with their head down and eyes fixated on their device. It is just not good manners to do this, and on occasion it is not even safe.
|Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)||
We work with technology which has the flexibility to be used both in the classroom and during any period when students are prevented from attending lessons in person. One vital piece of software for us is Google Classroom, which is used by teachers to set tasks and by students to submit work. We then have some other software which allows teachers to mark and feedback online. This technology is being used for most lessons even when all students are in the classroom.
Depends on the grade level.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Students entering our Early Years to Year 2 will be given an informal speaking and writing test, usually conducted during a trial session. We also expect to see a current or most recent school report if available.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
Primary school: : The child is given a full tour of the school, in particular the classroom that they will be enrolled into. As well as ensuring that each child feels comfortable and welcomed before the more formal part of the admissions process, the tour allows KTJ to informally assess the student’s ability to communicate clearly in English at a level that is appropriate for their chronological age.
Secondary schools: Forms 1 – 4: All students are offered a tour of the school. KTJ will then ask the student to sit for KTJ's online assessments which cover English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. They take approximately 2 hours to complete and are done in the Registrar’s office. Depending on the student’s level of English, KTJ
A levels / Sixth Form: All students are offered a tour of the school. For the Sixth Form programme, KTJ looks at the students forecast or actual IGCSE or SPM results and previous school reports to come to a decision regarding admission. No online tests are necessary for Sixth Form students.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
We accept applications to KTJ Primary at any time in the academic year. Students can join KTJ Secondary for the August or January intake.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
In 2020, 76% of KTJ students were selected by the top 100 universities in the world (according to the QS World Rankings). These include Cambridge, Columbia, LSE, Pennsylvania, Toronto and UCL.
|External examinations or assessments available||
IGCSE, A Levels, EPQ, IELTS and SATs.
|Results in these examinations||
In 2020, 76% of KTJ students achieved an A*-B grade at IGCSE. 72% of KTJ students who took Chinese as a 1st or 2nd language at IGCSE received an A*-A, and 91% of KTJ students who took English literature at IGCSE achieved an A*-B grade. 75% of KTJ students who took a science subject at IGCSE also achieved an A*-B grade.
In 2020, 92% of KTJ students achieved an A*-B grade at A-Level. 76% of KTJ students who took a science subject at A-Level achieved an A*-A grade, and 81% of KTJ students who took mathematics or further mathematics at A-Level achieved an A*-A grade.
|School bus service available||
Yes, we have a private shuttle bus service which covers over 17 routes.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Students with special learning requirements receive help from our Learning Support Team. We believe that with appropriate assistance, all students learn best when they are integrated in the classroom.
|Student access to education psychologist||
At KTJ the mental health and emotional welfare of our students are a priority for us. We have professionally-trained counsellors on campus to help our students work through problems they may have. Students are encouraged to make use of this service as no worry is too small or insignificant to be shared.
|School start time||
|School finish time||
|Supervised care before/after school||
Primary school: KTJ can offer extra supervision for your child, after school from 15:45 – 17:00.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Our holistic approach to education blends academic excellence with a wide range of ECAs, which aim to develop the whole student. The skills acquired in our ECA programme are an extension to classroom learning, and we encourage students to reflect upon how one enriches the other. From indoor climbing to environmental sustainability, our students can choose from over 100 ECAs which allow them to discover lifelong interests and develop essential skills which will help them Make It.
|School provided lunches||
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
All food served in the canteen is Halal. We also provide vegetarian and vegan options at every meal.
|Sports activities included||
Physical education and swimming.
|Sports facilities at the school||
Climbing wall, rugby pitch, cricket pitch, football pitch, swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, dance and drama studio, a gym, badminton courts and basketball courts.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
By participating in ECAs, many of our students will have the opportunity to compete in sports competitions in Malaysia and around the world.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar is one of the region’s premier international schools for students aged 3 to 19 years.
|Teaching approach of the school||
KTJ's holistic education is intended to encourage the development of independent and well-balanced individuals, helping them to become responsible citizens who are aware of global issues. KTJ encourages students to be self-disciplined and to maximise their potential inside the classroom and in a wide range of artistic, sporting and cultural activities.