There’s a new international school in Singapore to consider. It’s a balance of a small, well-resourced school with an international brand name. Brighton College (Singapore) will welcome its first students in August 2020, and will combine a small school feel with some big school clout. The college is opening up its initial intake with limited spaces from Pre-Nursery (18 months) to Year 4 (11 years). The 2021/2022 school year will then see the addition of Years 5 and 6. The new school will bring the award-winning Brighton College Curriculum to Singapore starting this year with 150 students, growing to 550 at full capacity. If you’re after a foundation years English curriculum without the waitlists, then here are four reasons to book a tour around the new Brighton College campus today.
#1 A long heritage
With a heritage that spans 175 years, Brighton College is currently the top co-educational school in England and was named as ‘School of the Year’ by the Sunday Times in 2019. Despite these accolades, parents say it’s the atmosphere of kindness and tolerance that draws them to the school, and these values will be the ethos of Brighton College (Singapore). The school is guided by the three core principles of Curiosity, Confidence and Kindness.
#2 A smaller student body size
The thought of sending our little people off into a big school population can be a daunting prospect for both parents and the kids themselves. One of the best things about this new college is its student body size. It plans to start small at 150 and grow to 550 at its maximum capacity. This is good news for families who are concerned that their child might become ‘just another number’. This doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on the facilities, either; the campus will offer a range of newly created and innovative learning spaces, many of them already open for visitors to see.
#3 A principal from the original Brighton College
The school will welcome Paul Wilson as its inaugural Head Master. He has come to Singapore from Brighton College in the UK after having spent eight years in both pastoral and academic leadership. He’s coming to the new role backed with Brighton College experience, but with the vision of forging a school with a separate identity in its new Singapore home.
In his own words, he plans on the school being a place where, ‘Pupils look to the needs of their classmates, but are also engaged with their local community and are aware of global issues; a school where pupils are resilient, confident and grateful for their opportunities; and a school where teachers stoke the children’s natural curiosity, fuelling their desire to investigate and understand the world around them.’
#4 A focus on bilingualism (pssst… the principal is fluent in Chinese!)
We all know that bilingualism is a big thing here, and Paul brings some pretty impressive credentials with him. He earned his BA in Chinese Studies from Durham University, and has experience of teaching Mandarin across all five Key Stages in the UK. Oh, and a side note: his cohort of non-native learners achieved 100% A* over the last four years at GCSE level! Impressive, huh? All the children in Pre-Prep (Pre-Nursery to Year 1) at Brighton will be immersed in a dual-language programme of study. After this, they’ll graduate from the dual-language environment to daily Mandarin classes as part of their core curriculum.
Things to know
Brighton College (Singapore) will open in August 2020, and will take enrolments for Pre-Nursery to Year 4. There will be a limit of up to 150 spaces in this first intake. Want to find out more? Paul Wilson is offering personal tours available upon request. Contact the school here.