Currently with a campus in Sentosa, Knightsbridge House International School (KBH) opens its new international campus in River Valley this October. The British curriculum school in Singapore believes in providing high-quality international education. The even better news is that KBH charges only S$12,000 a year in tuition fees. Knightsbridge House International School will offer a bilingual program as well as an English-medium program for students from Prep (5 years) to Grade 6 (12 years). We ask the school’s Founding Principal MIKE GILMOUR more about his background, the school, and its lower international school fees for Singapore.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m originally from South Africa, and for the past 10 years I’ve worked in two large international schools in Singapore.
I’m an educator at heart; I’ve spent 17 years in education on both teaching and leadership roles, with 10 of those years in international education. I believe that teaching and learning is most effective when it takes place within a supportive and connected community.
I’m working on building a school culture where all members of the community are engaged, active and supported as I know this results in the best experience for students. I authored my first book, The Power of Rapport, on the importance of rapport in daily life and I know that if we create a community that is authentically connected we will achieve great things.
How are lessons taught at KBH?
We believe that learning should be experiential and collaborative. Therefore, we create learning experiences within our British curriculum school that are engaging, fun and relevant for students.
Through our IPC framework, we encourage students to become critical thinkers who own their learning. They will be exposed to a wide range of project-based learning opportunities intended to help them develop relevant skills to solve real world problems.
Why did KBH decide to offer a bilingual programme?
We believe that there is demand for bilingual education in Singapore. In addition, we also offer an English-medium programme with Mandarin as a second language. While our focus for now is Mandarin in both of our programmes, we’re open to incorporating additional languages at our British curriculum school in the future.
What support is available for a child who is enrolling without Mandarin?
Our River Valley campus offers additional Mandarin ECA to support students who are new language learners. This takes place after school and is taught by our Mandarin teachers. We believe in providing outstanding learning opportunities for students within a supportive learning environment.
KBH has low international school fees for Singapore. Why is that?
We believe that high-quality education should be accessible to all families. We also believe in delivering a great teacher and classroom experience for every student at this international school fee. Should a family want extra options like ECAs, we have those for an additional small fee.
Our core focus, though, is the classroom experience. Over my time in primary education, I believe that this is the most important factor in a child’s education.
About Knightsbridge House International School
KBH is a new international school in Singapore. It’s an IPC school using the IPC curriculum as a framework for learning; there is an English-Mandarin bilingual programme as well as an English-medium programme for students aged 5 to 12 years. This academic programme is strengthened by working towards Mathematics and English standards as stipulated by the Singapore and UK national curriculum.
The new international campus in River Valley offers multi-purpose learning spaces inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, with sunlight filling every room. Students here can expect PE lessons, creative arts and coding lessons within the school day. In addition to PE, they’re also given 30 to 40 minutes of daily outdoor play combining structured and unstructured play.
The new campus is currently accepting Prep to Grade 6, with plans to grow into a Middle School in 2022 and High School shortly after that. There will be a maximum of 18 students in each Prep class and 24 in each class for Grades 1 to 6. The school year runs from August to June. There’s also a free shuttle bus that’s available on a first-come-first-served basis, and a point-to-point bus service to the campus.
For more information on this international school in River Valley, and to book a tour with Mike, head to the website, kbh.edu.sg.
Written in collaboration with:
Knightsbridge House International School
River Valley campus: 169 Jalan Bukit Merah, #02-15 (Tower 4)
8028 3177 | kbh.edu.sg