Singapore lower fee international schools attracting expat children

Published:  12 Oct at 6 PM
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For expats living and working in Asia, finding affordable international English curriculum schools for their children is one of the toughest tasks of relocation.

Singapore is an ever-popular expat relocation destination but, for those bringing their families with them, it’s also one of the most expensive as regards international schooling. However, the situation is easing with the opening of two lower-fee pre-school and international establishments.

Both new schools have successfully taken advantage of the gap in the international education marketplace at a time when relocation packages are shrinking and the pound sterling is falling. The first to open just last month was Invictus, located in Singapore’s Bukit Merah, and the second, Middleton, will open early next year.

Both schools are expected to become very popular very quickly due to their sensible pricing. Invictus is charging $15,000 a year, with Middleton coming in at $18,000 and both knocking aside the rest of the crop and their $30,000 plus yearly fees. Middleton is the latest offering from EtonHouse, a significant player in the lucrative expat education marketplace.

According to lecturer at SIM University Dr Yvonne McNulty, a good proportion of expats working in the tiny state are on local packages which don’t include school fees and housing. She added the established, very pricey international schools are out of reach for many expats.

Local schools simply don’t have enough places for expat children, with only 86 out of 250 able to secure places last year, giving the new schools on the block a good chance of filling their lists. Middleton’s prospectus offers a British national curriculum primary education with Chinese as its second language and a strong IT programme, although class sizes at 28 are slightly larger than in the established schools.
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