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CurriculumsIB and British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Reviews: 3.4
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: SGD $34,890
to: SGD $53,100
Address: 95 Portsdown Road Singapore 139299
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

8% Singaporean

Native English speaking teachers

Yes. Teachers are British or Commonwealth trained and experienced.

Language support for students not fluent in English

No, Tanglin does not provide any special programmes to teach students for whom English is an additional language and who are at an early stage of acquiring English. Students wishing to enrol in the school must have an age appropriate fluency in English, and one parent is required to be fluent in English to ensure effective communication between school and home.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Our aim is to develop languages through carefully planned programmes for all students from Nursery to Year 11, with options to continue through to Year 13.
Chinese (Mandarin) is the core MFL studied in the Infant and Junior Schools. Chinese, French and Spanish are offered in the Senior School, with the vast majority of students studying two of these languages in Year 7 and 8, before specialising in one MFL to study for GCSE. Many of our students live in bilingual (or multilingual) households and we encourage those students to continue to develop their mother tongue languages alongside English; support for a number of languages is available through after school activities and private tuition on site.

Max. number of students per class

Nursery - 20
Reception to Year 9 - 24
Year 10 & 11 - 24 in core subjects; 20 in option subjects
Year 12 & 13 - 15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Tanglin Trust School uses a range of technology to provide a variety of experiences and skills. We recognise the enormous potential of modern technology to enhance and enrich learning and are committed to our students being successful in a society permeated with technology.
The use of technology is embedded across all curriculum areas from Nursery to Sixth Form. When students leave Tanglin, they are confident users of current technology in a range of contexts.
Technological facilities and resources include interactive screens and projectors, one-to-one and shared devices - iPads, Macbooks, cameras, sound recorders, desktop computers, pen-enabled devices to name a few.
Technology is used to deliver content, collaborate, and support a greater depth of learning across the curriculum. It also supports students’ intuitive interaction with digital material.

External examinations or assessments available

A Levels
IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

36% achieved A*, A or equivalent in all their subjects
48% of all grades achieved were A* or equivalent
74% of all grades achieved were A*, A or equivalent
98% of all grades achieved were A* to C or equivalent

A Levels:
47% if grades were A* or A
63% of students taking the EPQ achieved A* or A
91% of grades were in the range of A* to C
100% pass rate of A Level students

IB Diploma:
100% pass rate
63% of our students achieved 38 points or more
20% of students scored 42 points or more
8 students achieved the prestigious bilingual diploma
2 students achieved the maximum 45 points
Tanglin average 38.2

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

89% in 2019. Remaining 11% - 7 % National Service; 4% Gap Year

95% of students received their first or second choice university in 2019

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

At Tanglin, we are an inclusive learning environment and believe that each child is entitled to a curriculum that facilitates their individual development and support which allows them to achieve their full academic potential. Most of the time, the learning needs of our students can be met by class teachers. However, at certain stages along their learning journey some students may need curriculum modification or specific intervention.

Learning support offered

Tanglin has only limited resources to cater for students whose learning needs can only be met with significant support. Currently out Learning Support department offers both 'in class' and withdrawn' additional support to meet the needs of our students. Assessment tools are used to track progress, determine the correct level of support and create a personalised learning journey. Where necessary, Individual Education Plans are created, which provide achievable and measurable targets that are regularly reviewed. Our Learning Support team play a strong role in providing a positive and supportive setting to inspire and enable confident, open minded, independent thinkers, who are given the opportunity to achieve success in their learning.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Waiting list


School start time

School Hours: 9.00am - 1.50pm
Nursery children attend on alternate days for the first four weeks of Term 1 to ensure a gradual introduction to Nursery.

School Hours: 7.55am - 1.50pm

YEARS 3 - 6
School Hours: 7.55am - 2.50pm
Co-curricular activities (CCAs) take place from 3.00pm and finish at 4.00pm.

YEARS 7 -11
School Hours: 7.50am - 2.55pm
Co-curricular activities (CCAs) take place from 3.00pm and finish at 4.00pm.

YEARS 12 & 13
School Hours: 7.50am - 2.55pm. Students attending a 6th period finish at 4.00pm.
Co-curricular activities (CCAs) take place from 3.00pm and finish at 4.00pm.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

Yes, Junior School and Senior School only

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

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

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Tanglin offers students the opportunity to compete in inter-and intra- school events, both in Singapore and overseas. We participate in:

ACSIS (Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools)
FOBISIA (Federation of British Schools in Asia)
SEASAC (South East Asia Student Activity Conference)

Sports facilities at the school

Our extensive sport facilities stage many prestigious competitions and events each year, including hosting training camps for professional sport teams.

Climbing Walls
Sports Halls
Outdoor Training Ground
Fitness Suite
Sky Quad
Swimming Complex
Playing Field

We look forward to the opening of our new world class facilities, which include a 50m pool, gymnastics centre, climbing wall, physiotherapy clinic and sport science centre.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the 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. As a not-for-profit, tuition fees are devoted to the provision of an outstanding education.
Drawing on professional and dynamic staff, Tanglin aims to nurture students to achieve their intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social and physical goals. We strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful. Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged, and integrity is prized.
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.
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).

Teaching approach of the school

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.


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