Top primary schools in Singapore based on MOE Awards

Mums and dads, let's check out the top primary schools in Singapore, based on the awards they received in 2016...

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As parents, we want the best for our children. We want to make sure that our kids get a head start in life, especially when it comes to school and education. Primary school education is crucial, as in many ways, it lays the foundation for a child’s academic path. In fact, a lot of our readers often ask us about the top primary schools in Singapore.

Before discussing school rankings in Singapore, here are some important things to remember:

  • There is no “official” list of top primary schools in Singapore. The Ministry of Education (MOE) does not rank primary schools publicly.
  • Also, MOE has stopped naming top students in PSLE exams to reduce the over-emphasis on academic results. There is also no official reveal of top PSLE score in each school as well.

So it is not really possible to create a list of top primary schools in Singapore based on their PSLE scores for the year.

  • However, one important barometer to measure a school’s performance is the annual MOE Awards. It is given as part of the MOE Recognition System and can be used to gauge whether a school could be one of the top primary schools in Singapore. 

To get some understanding of the MOE awards, here is the MOE Masterplan Of Awards chart:

The MOE’s Awards have given another way to gauge whether a schools is one of the top primary schools in Singapore.

This Masterplan is from 2008, though. Various changes were implemented in 2014, and many awards were removed, like the Sustained Achievement Award (SAA), and the Gold, Silver, Bronze Academic Value-Added Awards.

As you can see, the highest and most prestigious award is the School Excellence Award, followed by the School Distinction Award. 

If you go to MOE’s School information Services (SIS), and choose a primary school, you will be able to view the awards it has received, in the “School Outcomes” tab.

Let’s check out the top primary schools in Singapore, based on the awards they received in 2016.

School Excellence Award (SEA)

The SEA is the highest and most prestigious award in the Masterplan of Awards framework. It serves as a mark of distinction for schools that have achieved overall systemic excellence in both academic and non-academic outcomes.

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Primary schools which received the SEA in 2016:

  • Catholic High School
  • Nanyang Primary School
  • Raffles Girls’ Primary School
  • Rulang Primary School
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School

School Distinction Award (SDA)

The SDA gives recognition to schools that have exemplary processes and practices. It recognises a key milestone in a school’s journey towards excellence.

Primary schools which received the SDA in 2016:

  • Ai Tong School
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
  • Canberra Primary School
  • CHIJ (Kellock)
  • CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
  • Chongfu School
  • Chongzheng Primary School
  • Fairfield Methodist School (Primary)
  • Haig Girls’ School 
  • Henry Park Primary School
  • Hong Wen School
  • Keming Primary School
  • Kong Hwa School
  • Maris Stella High School
  • Mayflower Primary School
  • Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
  • Nan Chiau Primary School
  • Northland Primary School
  • Pasir Ris Primary School
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
  • Pei Chun Public School
  • Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
  • Punggol Primary School
  • Radin Mas Primary School 
  • River Valley Primary School
  • Rosyth School
  • South View Primary School
  • St. Hilda’s Primary School
  • Tampines Primary School
  • Tao Nan School
  • Temasek Primary School

Best Practice Award (BPA)

The BPA gives recognition to schools with effective practices and systems that lead to desirable educational outcomes. It is part of the continuing roadmap to motivate schools to manage for excellence.

Primary schools which received the BPA in 2016:

  • Catholic High School
  • CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)
  • Fairfield Methodist School (Primary)
  • Gongshang Primary School 
  • Keming Primary School
  • Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School
  • Mayflower Primary School
  • Nanyang Primary School
  • Pasir Ris Primary School
  • Pei Chun Public School
  • Princess Elizabeth Primary School
  • Punggol Primary School
  • Raffles Girls’ Primary School
  • River Valley Primary School
  • Rulang Primary School
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School 
  • South View Primary School
  • Tao Nan School
  • Temasek Primary School
  • Woodlands Primary School

Outstanding Development Award (ODA)

The ODA gives recognition to schools which have put in innovative, effective, and sustainable systems and processes that provide for holistic education for students under character development and national education.

Primary schools which received the ODA in 2016:

  • Admiralty Primary School 
  • Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School
  • Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
  • Catholic High School
  • Elias Park Primary School
  • Gongshang Primary School
  • Greenridge Primary School
  • MacPherson Primary School
  • Pasir Ris Primary School
  • Princess Elizabeth Primary School
  • Raffles Girls’ Primary School
  • Rulang Primary School
  • Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary School
  • St Andrew’s Junior School
  • Telok Kurau Primary School
  • Temasek Primary School
  • Xinmin Primary School

No need for “top primary schools in Singapore”: Every school a good school

Ultimately though, these are just some criteria for evaluating a school. When choosing a primary school for your child, it is also important to consider other factors like the travelling time to school, CCAs offered, school culture etc.

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Here is what the MOE has to say about what truly makes a good school:

  • A good school cares for its students, studying and knowing the needs, interests and strengths of her students and motivates them to learn and grow.
  • A good school ensures all students acquire strong fundamentals of literacy and numeracy and develops them holistically, in character, knowledge and critical competencies.
  • A school which creates a positive school experience for each student, making him a confident and lifelong learner.
  • A good school has caring and competent teachers who are steadfast in their mission to impact lives.
  • A good school has the support of parents and the community, working together to bring out the best in our children, and
  • A school which cares for and provides opportunities to all students, regardless of family circumstances.

 

Mums and dads, we hope this article on the list of top primary schools in Singapore has helped you make better decisions for your child! Also READ: Tips for choosing a primary school in Singapore

 

References: MOE, SIS