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Private School Places Impossible To Come By?!

Postby pupsiecola » Fri, 04 May 2012 6:43 pm

Hi all,
This is my first post having lurked for a month or so. We are hoping to relocate in a couple of months, from the UK to Singapore. We have two sons, ages 9 and 7. Our first choices for school would be Tanglin and UWC (based on close friends who live in Singapore and went to UWC themselves 30 odd years ago) but both are full with long waiting lists so it's highly unlikely we would get in for this August. Is this a common problem with private schools there? Is there much movement on waiting lists? Can anyone please recommend other schools to consider for us Brits? This feels like a deal breaker. Our kids go to the best state school in the UK at the moment and it feels like we're playing Russian roulette with their educations if we move without having secured a place at a school we're happy with...

Thanks for all and any advice.

K

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 04 May 2012 8:09 pm

At the rate EP are not being renewed, there is a good possibility that there will be a lot of movement in the coming 12~18 months. But just how much is anybody's guess. It's still a gamble.

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Postby Makingthemove » Tue, 08 May 2012 5:59 am

Sounds like you've done what I did - browsed for a while on the forums and perhaps also asked friends and acquaintances about schools. What else is there to do when you are trying to slot your children into place from miles away?

And if they are already at the best state school in the UK (which one, I wonder, am intrigued...) then of course it follows that you want like for like and the two schools that you have earmarked as your top choices would, I think, echo this. And of course, as you've found, everyone wants to go there and the waiting lists go round the block and back again. I don't think the choices end with those two places though - unless everywhere else is full up.

It seems like there is a lot of transience in the International Schools with families coming and going and places opening up and waiting lists often being an issue, esp for the two schools you mention, or so I've heard.

We have a 7-year-old son, too. Dover Court, our 'new' school come September, was approaching capacity when we nabbed a place at the end of March. Is it now full? And all the other International Schoolsl? Or is it just that you don't know which others to start with? There certainly seems to be loads of choice.

When faced with a sudden UK-Sing move this Feb we were completely in the dark about what to go for and did our research, as I think you have done, online and by word of mouth and in the end opted for a UK curriculum, choosing continuity over adventure as we weren't (aren't) sure how long we are staying. I guess you have already looked at choices of curriculum and class size, and compared feedback by continuing your research on the forums, all that?

Everyone will have a say over what they think is the 'best' school. What are your values? Hopes? What might be a good match for what you have now? What do you want the family to get out of the whole experience, how closely does the new school have to follow on from where you are now? There is so much to take into account, too much in many ways.

Anyway, not really helping. I think there are listings for all the schools somewhere on the forum - I presume you've already pulled up the details and gone through the choices, matching comments found on the forum to things you have heard people say? We did this and although it was a clunky, blind way of doing things we just kept coming back to DC, like a pattern. Who knows if it was meant to be or not, or what it'll actually be like when we are finally there, but my husband starts work tomorrow so it's a bit late to worry now :)

No actual help from me, I guess, just trains of thought about how you can select a place from a distance. I suppose an overseas move will always be a gamble, especially if you really think you have already found the best of the very best for them. I think from what I've read we can be reassured that pretty much most schools in Singapore are good. Sounds like a bald, wide statement, but I really found it hard to narrow down a choice because they really did all sound very brilliant. Lucky us!

EDIT adding a PS: I don't think there is a finite listing for International Schools, actually, so do a Google search to get that info and then maybe call up the names of each one on here and go through the feedback. It will take a while and you'll need a coffee. Or vodka. Or both. That's what I did, anyway, then I came back with my specific questions.

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Postby pupsiecola » Tue, 08 May 2012 6:24 am

Thanks so much for your reply. I really appreciate it. I'm going round in circles a bit and it's frustrating as hubby is still going through the interview process (with a new company) so can't do anything yet anyway. Yep, looked at loads from the list on here. Stamford is the only one as yet who can fit us in. Haven't heard back from others yet, but only emailed them on Friday afternoon.

Feels strange to choose one without going to see it as have always trusted gut feeling where the boys are concerned, but don't think I could get out in time. Also we don't want to pay for lots of different application fees but don't know if we'll get a place (for those with a waiting list).

Boys are v different too which makes choosing hard. Eldest has quite high IQ, youngest has real EQ.

Reason we were looking at UWC and Tanglin is that what our friends recommended. Having not visited any it's hard to know.

Then there's where to live... but we really do want to go.

I'd really appreciate it if you'd PM me? I can't, cos I haven't posted enough, apparently!

Thanks,
K


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