Why Work at Tanglin?

Culture and Community

Tanglin Trust School is a vibrant coeducational day school where children and adults learn to be successful and happy in their lives and to contribute with confidence to our world. This vision is seen as a vital part of the school's holistic approach to education, one that recognises the importance of every individual within the 'family of Tanglin'. In developing the whole person, high expectations are set (and met), whilst emotional intelligence is nurtured. Our core values of Respect, Responsibility and Purpose are reflected throughout our curriculum and extra-curriculum activities. Wellbeing, happiness and an ability to appreciate and experience the joys of life are important. This is a community where every individual matters.

Established for over 90 years, Tanglin Trust School is not-for-profit and provides a British-based ethos in an international context for 2,800 students aged 3-18 and over 600 staff. Our community is a diverse mix of Singaporeans and foreigners from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Of the staff, 260 are teachers and 350 are from administration, operations and business support. Each and every one of them is important and everyone makes a distinct contribution to the continuing success of the school.

The school prides itself on its world-wide reputation as one of the best international schools in the world. An illustration of one such accolade can be seen by the comments and judgements given in the last three UK (BSO) inspections which awarded "Outstanding" and went on to state that in some cases observations of certain aspects were "beyond outstanding".

Professional Development

At Tanglin all staff and governors have an equal entitlement to Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

We believe CPD is a collective responsibility which promotes, develops and supports members of our community in their commitment to lifelong learning. A cycle of review, delivery and evaluation exists in order to enhance achievement, support career development and drive improvement.

Professional development needs are met through a number of opportunities within Tanglin Trust School, across inter-school networks and through engaging external expertise. These opportunities include: peer observation, professional discussion, online learning, job-a-like workshops (JAWs), conferences and courses, such as those run by the Institute of Education, London and International Baccalaureate.

Relocation Support

We are aware that relocating to a new country and culture can be an exciting yet daunting prospect. The school works hard to support all new teachers relocating to Singapore through a variety of means. From the time of appointment, the HR team will be in regular contact to provide information and support for the upcoming move, through:

  • Arranging a drinks event in London in May/June for all newly appointed teachers to meet prior to the move. This is attended by Heads of School and Management team members, where possible
  • Arranging and booking of flights from London (or place of origin) to Singapore at the start of contract in August
  • Arranging of accommodation for overseas recruited staff
  • Provision of a settling allowance to help with shipping costs and/or setting up a new home in Singapore
  • Welcome by the Management Team at the airport on arrival in Singapore
  • Welcome dinner/drinks on the day of arrival
  • A thorough induction programme, including detailed information on living in Singapore, such as setting up bank accounts, where to shop, which supermarkets to go to, GPs / hospitals, a bus tour of the city, social events, etc.
  • Application for relevant work visas
  • Our in house Lease Executive to assist with any questions or issues with your accommodation
  • Regular contact with HR throughout to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.


What will my salary be and what benefits will I receive?

You will receive a contract and letter of appointment detailing your salary and all benefits.

What is the tax system in Singapore?

Income tax rates are progressive, for example, the higher income earners pay a proportionately higher tax, with the current highest personal income tax rate at 22%.

Average Day

What time does the school day start and end?

The school day starts early, with the first lessons at 7.50am. Infant School finishes at 1.50pm, the Junior and Senior Schools finish at 2.50pm. Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) run after school from 3.00-5.00pm.

What after school commitments are there?

All teachers are expected to take on a CCA after school.

Expectations for Outdoor Education

What is the expectation on accompanying students on residential school trips?

Infant School students do not have residential trips, so there is no expectation. Residential school trips start in Year 3 and continue throughout Junior and Senior School. Class teachers are expected to accompany their class on trips, and in some cases may be asked to accompany additional trips. Any time out of school must be approved by the Head of School.

Do I get paid extra for accompanying a school trip?

No, teachers are not paid extra for accompanying school trips. The only exception to this may be if the trip falls over a school holiday.


Where will I be living?

The school will find all overseas recruited staff an apartment suitable to your needs. This will be in an area as close to school as possible within the budget. As rental prices have dropped recently, we have been able to secure apartments in areas such as Pasir Panjang, Clementi, Bukit Timah. If prices rise, we may need to look slightly further out, in areas such as Hillview and Upper Bukit Timah.

Am I able to come earlier to choose my own accommodation?

Yes, you can come out earlier to choose your own accommodation, however, you will need to pay for your accommodation if you arrive before the start of your contract.

What type of accommodation does Singapore offer?

Singapore has a diverse range of public and private housing.

HDBs are affordable public housing, subsidised and regulated by the government. Private housing includes condominiums, terrace houses, shop houses, townhouses and black and whites. Condominiums generally have facilities including a swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, BBQ pits and security. They are often less maintenance than a house and are popular with expats.

What support will I have if I have problems with my accommodation?

We have a dedicated Lease Executive who is able to support all overseas recruited staff with any issues they have with their accommodation.


Will my partner be able to get a pass to live and work in Singapore?

If you are married, your spouse will automatically receive a Dependent's pass which allows them to live in Singapore. It is relatively easy to work for a company on a Dependent's pass - the company simply needs to apply for a Letter of Consent from the Ministry of Manpower which usually takes a few days to come through. You are only allowed to hold one Letter of Consent. Please note that the Singapore Government does not recognise same-sex marriages.

If you are unmarried, your partner may receive a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) which will enable them to live in Singapore. This is usually quite straightforward for British passport holders, but is not guaranteed. However, it is more difficult to find work on a LTVP.

Will my children be able to study in the school?

Yes, teachers' children are given priority to study at Tanglin. Overseas recruited teachers receive 100% school fee subsidy (please note that this benefit is subject to tax).

If I choose to send my children to a different school, will Tanglin help with the school fees?

No, Tanglin will only cover school fees of children who attend Tanglin. If you choose to send your children to school elsewhere, you will need to cover the cost of the school fees.


What childcare options are available for young children?

Singapore does not have many adhoc childcare options such as creches or babysitters. However, there are year-round pre-schools available. Most people hire a Foreign Domestic Helper to help with looking after young children and housework.

How do I go about getting a Foreign Domestic Helper?

There are many agencies in Singapore who can help you find a good Foreign Domestic Helper. Alternatively, word of mouth amongst the expat community is another good way.


What medical coverage is available?

All teachers are covered under our comprehensive international medical insurance plan. For overseas recruited staff, family members are also covered.

What is the standard of healthcare in Singapore?

The standard of healthcare in Singapore is excellent. Public hospitals are amazing - clean, fast and efficient with first class equipment and treatment.

Will my family / partner be covered under the medical insurance plan?

Families of overseas recruited teachers are covered under the international medical insurance plan. Unmarried partners will not be covered under the initial contract.


What is the standard of public transport in Singapore?

Public transport in Singapore is excellent - clean, efficient and cheap. It is very easy to get taxis. Alternatively the bus and MRT systems are very smooth.

Top-up EZ-link cards are used to check in and out of stations and buses.

Taxis are fairly cheap but surcharges are added during peak hours and from midnight to 6.00am. Services include Comfort Delgro, Grab and Uber.

Am I able to buy a car when I arrive in Singapore?

Yes, but do note that cars in Singapore are very expensive. You may want to wait to see if you really need a car before investing in one. The school can help with a loan to buy a car if you choose to do so.

Do I need to convert my driving license to a Singapore driving license?

You are able to drive on a UK driving license for the first year in Singapore. Before the end of your first year in Singapore, you must convert to a Singapore driving license. You need to sit a Basic Theory test in order to convert.


What opportunities are there to travel around the region?

Singapore is ideally situated to travel and explore around the region, with many destinations only a few hours flight away. There are several cheap airlines which offer very competitive value flights, for example, Scoot, Tiger Air, Silk Air, JetStar and Air Asia.

What opportunities are there to travel with work?

While the school is keen to keep teachers in front of the students as much as possible, there are opportunities to travel with work on residential school trips, professional development training courses and conferences.


Where can I buy groceries?

Singapore is a shopper’s haven with numerous air-con malls offering Western as well as local brands.

There are a few supermarket chains including Cold Storage, Giant and Fairprice. For fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and seafood, local markets are a cheaper option.

Online shopping is becoming more popular, as are websites selling second-hand items.

Life in Singapore

The Republic of Singapore is an island state located off the southern tip of Malaysia. The ‘Lion City’ as it is fondly known, offers a blend of Western modernity and Asian culture, and enjoys a clean, safe and green environment. In 2015, Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence.

There are four official languages which reflect the ethnic cultures and population: English (primary), Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

The climate is tropical and humid year-round with the temperature averaging 26oC to 34oC. The dry 'season' usually lasts from March to August, while the wet ‘season' lasts from September to February.

Singapore’s location makes it an ideal base from which to explore other parts of Asia.

From enjoying the views at the top of Marina Bay Sands to visiting Gardens by the Bay and exploring the streets of Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarter, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant entertainment scene and readily available sports and leisure activities. Below are just a few of the fun things you can do.

Green Corridor

Previously a railway link between Singapore and Malaysia stretching from north to south, the Green Corridor has since been converted to a 24km public area for recreational activities.

Plans to transform the green corridor from a vast stretch of forest and grasslands to a new space for walking, jogging and cycling are well underway, with an aim to complete the development by the end of 2019.

East Coast Park

Recreational activities in the East Coast are particularly popular. Rental outlets along the coastline offer a range of products such as bikes, rollerblades, skateboards and scooters at relatively low prices. There are also opportunities to take part in activities such as beach volleyball or various water sports.

Families and friends enjoy BBQs by the beach or dining at the hawker centres and restaurants whilst watching the ships at sea.

Singapore Botanic Gardens Concerts

In addition to the National Orchid Garden, sculptures, heritage trees and lakes, the Singapore Botanic Gardens holds outdoor music concerts.

The Symphony Stage is the venue for a year round range of free classical and modern evening concerts. Take a picnic along and enjoy the music!

Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is an island situated to the northeast of Singapore. It is home to Singapore’s last village or kampongs, as well as the Chek Jawa Wetlands, one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems.

Taking just 15 minutes by ‘bumboat’ to get to, it is a perfect place to explore with an abundance of wildlife, greenery, activities and history. Biking trails to suit all abilities are particularly popular.

Membership Clubs

Joining membership clubs, such as the British Club, allows members to participate in a wide range of social events and sporting activities. Some memberships also offer a wide range of benefits, including the use of fitness and food and beverage facilities.

Cinema Experiences

Gold Class and Platinum Suites provides moviegoers with a luxurious twist on an ordinary cinema experience, with comfortable reclining seats, blankets and a menu offering a selection of food and drinks.

Alongside regular cinemas, Singapore also has a number of outdoor cinema events throughout the year. Located in Fort Canning Park, Films at the Fort is an open-air cinema running throughout August. Alternatively, Sunset Cinema located at Tanjong Beach on Sentosa, offers a similar experience in May.

Chinese Gardens

The Chinese Gardens are located in the West of Singapore – Jurong East. The gardens are inspired by northern Chinese architecture and landscaping, with stone bridges, pagodas and a tea house.

There is also a live turtle and tortoise museum.


Racing highlights worthy of celebration include the Melbourne Cup brought to Singapore annually through live streaming at various venues. Additionally, international events hosted in Singapore include the Singapore Airlines International Cup and the KrisFlyer International Sprint.

Legoland and Universal Studios

Legoland is the first international theme park to open in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Transport to the theme park by car takes around 15 to 25 minutes from the border or alternatively there are many different bus services available.

Universal Studios is a theme park on Sentosa. Experience rides, shows, and attractions based on blockbuster films and television series. Its annual Halloween event is particularly popular.

Music Festivals

From electronic and indie to jazz and classical, Singapore hosts a number of music festivals throughout the year. Find out more here.

Singapore's F1 Night Race

Over three days in September, Singapore's Marina Bay becomes a street circuit for the grand prix. Highlights include cheering on your favourite driver, several music performances from global artists and relaxing on the pedang or by the bay whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

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"If you are a dedicated teacher and learner then Tanglin and Singapore will not disappoint you!"
Andy Martin, Infant School