Ryan Beyer had wanted to be Head Boy since his Year Six days. Back then, he was house captain at a small school in England, already filled with the determination to be a leader among his peers. Shortly after, he and his family moved to Singapore, where he enrolled at Tanglin Trust School. Beyer managed to not only assume the role of Head Boy, but was also the debate team president, a Model United Nations Executive Committee Member, a varsity soccer team player and a regular theatre and musical lead and ensemble member.
“Tanglin has offered me so many opportunities,” he says.
From England to Singapore, Beyer’s next stop will be university in the United States. As an incoming freshman at world-renowned Stanford University, he aims to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather by pursuing a career in government — hopefully focusing on environmental policy and making our planet a better place.
This is the drive that an education at Tanglin Trust School inspires. Established in 1925, the school may be the oldest British International school in Southeast Asia, but it is also progressive and the most vibrant. With a campus located in Portsdown Road, it is just a 15-minute drive from Singapore’s dynamic city centre. This finger-on-the-pulse location goes hand-in-hand with Tanglin’s modern approach to education — students are right in the middle of the country’s “one-north” high-technology cluster of biomedical sciences, Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and media industries –– whilst also near heritage and nature sites like Rochester Park and the Wessex Estate.
With an eye on the future, Tanglin utilises nearly 100 years of experience to provide a quality education with an international outlook to young learners between the ages of three and 18. Across levels, the school holds accolades that are testament to its efforts. The Tanglin Trust School Nursery was the first in Asia to achieve Curiosity Approach® accreditation, which supports a culture of curiosity in the learning environment through an increased use of natural, recycled and authentic resources that can be used in a multiple of ways to promote exploration.
“The school is always looking to support children’s progress,” enthuses Marcie O’Shea, a working mother originally from Melbourne. “Whether that be a boost in an area where progress has stalled or, when they’ve seen stellar progress, specialist teaching to move them up to the next level. The teachers are confident and upbeat –– which rubs off on the children, keeping everyone moving forward.”
The Junior School was the first school outside of the United Kingdom to receive the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) Gold Accreditation –– a UNICEF UK initiative that encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
“The importance of valuing every life, every individual, has been thrown into sharp relief by recent global events. This award recognises Tanglin’s determination to promote a more understanding, empathetic world for our children,” says Craig Considine, CEO of Tanglin Trust School.
Students in the Sixth Form get to tailor a pathway that will best-propel them to success. Apart from the (I)GCSE, Tanglin is the only international school in Singapore to offer A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. While both lead to outstanding academic outcomes, each caters to two different kinds of pupils.
At Tanglin, students interested in a more intensive, specialist approach can opt to undertake three A Level subjects. Those who prefer a broader, more balanced programme of study can choose the IB, which comprises six subjects –– three at standard level, and three at higher level. Regardless of the path they choose, examination results at Tanglin consistently surpass both Singaporean and global averages. Around 95% of Tanglin graduates gain entry to their first or second choice university –– often amongst the best in the world.
Outside the classroom, there are many enriching co-curricular activities to participate in, where students can develop into well-rounded, confident contributors to the world. There are 80 outdoor education trips, including global expeditions and the International Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. The school’s lively Arts programme allows students to develop skills in art, design, drama, music, and film-making –– nearly 25% participate in music. Through service learning, pupils give back to the local community. Tanglin Trust School also has over 140 sports teams, competing in 17 different activities across Singapore and Southeast Asia.
“Some of my favourite moments have been school trips to Thailand and Montpellier, joining clubs like the Graphics Team and Volleyball, or deciding to take part in optional events that turned out to be hugely rewarding, such as the Bridge Project,” says Head Girl Munique Tan.
These opportunities enable learners to harness new skills, build on existing passions, and make lifelong friendships within a diverse community of 2,800 students representing 50 nationalities. “The most fulfilling part of my career here is meeting families and children from different cultures,” shares faculty member, Vicky Singam.
For safeguarding officer Sophie Lazarri, the best thing about working at Tanglin Trust School is its focus on pastoral care. “It is wonderful to be part of a multidisciplinary team in which everyone is so willing to collaborate and graciously share their knowledge of caring for students in a genuine, holistic way,” she shares.
From being listed as one of the Top 10 schools in Southeast Asia, ranking among the Top 20 IB schools in the world, to being recognised as “outstanding” by the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework –– Tanglin’s ability to provide a quality student experience is clear. Interested? Learn more here.
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