Westbourne College opens in Singapore in August, the British school’s third global campus after the UK and Australia. Principal GAVIN CLARK shares how it will prepare students for university application, to be future leaders in the fields of business, entrepreneurship and STEM globally. Highlights include its one-year IGCSE programme in Singapore and more.
Give us an insight into the future-focused approach at the British school.
Westbourne College (Singapore) is specifically designed for academically elite, globally-minded students aged 15 to 18 years who are seeking pathways to the best universities in the UK, Australia, the US and around the world. Our future-ready approach allows students to benefit from the following:
- joint classes with classmates in the UK and Australia;
- Future Leaders Lab, an exclusive business immersion programme taking place on dual campuses in both Singapore and the UK, and led by MBA professors from world-leading business school, INSEAD; it includes real world case studies, team projects, networking events and company visits;
- Oxbridge, Russell Group and Go8 admissions expertise and open days;
- a global alumni network; and
- access to a global academic team and unique leadership programmes.
Tell us a bit about Westbourne’s 127-year heritage of academic excellence.
Founded in 1896, Westbourne School in the UK has been called “one of the most consistently high-achieving independent British schools” and named IB School of the Year 2019, both by Sunday Times. It led the UK leagues tables for over five years in a row.
Meanwhile, Westbourne College Sydney’s Class of 2022 first cohort achieved scores in the IB Diploma that ranked the school top in the country. The highest proportion of students achieved 44+ IB Points.
Westbourne has a century-long history of facilitating student access to the world’s leading universities. These including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial in the UK, the Ivy League, and the Australian Go8. Our graduates consistently rank within the top one percent worldwide.
The college in Singapore is built upon the foundations of this.
What are some features of the British school curriculum?
Westbourne offers a one-year IGCSE programme in Singapore and will offer the IB Diploma, preparing students with the skills, mindset and knowledge to thrive in a constantly evolving global environment. There will be opportunities for global exchange trips to the UK and Sydney campuses together with unmatched university, STEM and business links.
The college also offers a foundation course for the IB Diploma, highly suited for expatriates in a supercharged learning environment. Students build confidence and ability in core subjects, develop their critical thinking skills, and learn high-impact communication and collaboration skills, alongside building an alumni network that spans from the UK to Australia.
What else is notable about the college in Singapore?
Students are treated like young adults from day one. With a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio, a professional services environment and tutorial-style learning, it offers a tailored learning experience for every student.
In addition, students are mentored one-to-one on their university applications. Expert staff support them in researching and writing their application, as well as university interview preparation and technique.
Keen to experience Westbourne’s award-winning approach? Explore the school for yourself in one of their private tours available year-round.
This article first appeared in the July 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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