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Secondary Programmes

Sports School offers a quality athlete-friendly academic programme at the secondary level that leads to the GCE O-Level and GCE N-Level examinations. Our secondary programme is founded upon principles of exemplary teaching and learning to nurture future-ready student-athletes.

Holistic Education Approach

Student-athletes engage in meaningful learning experiences in and out of the classroom to prepare them for life after Sports School. Classroom lessons are complemented with experiential learning, project work, group work and outdoor activities to enrich their learning. Student development programmes such as citizenship and character development are also part of the curriculum to give student-athletes a holistic education experience.

Full Subject-Based Banding

Full Subject-Based Banding (FSBB) is part of MOE’s ongoing efforts to nurture the joy of learning and develop multiple pathways to cater to the different strengths and interests of our students.

Student-athletes will have greater flexibility to study more subjects at different levels that suit their interests, aptitude and learning needs. There will no longer be separate Express, Normal Academic (NA), and Normal Technical (NT) streams, and student-athletes will be in mixed form classes where they can interact with peers of different strengths and interests.

Every child will continue to have access to opportunities, throughout their education journey, to develop their unique talents and fulfil their potential in life.

For more information on Full SBB, you may visit  https://www.moe.gov.sg/microsites/psle-fsbb/full-subject-based-banding/secondary-school-experience.html

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Applied Learning Programme

The programme aims to cultivate well-rounded individuals who excel not only in sports but also in life. It focuses on developing student-athletes' abilities to tackle real-world problems using design thinking as a problem-solving approach. The curriculum is structured to equip student-athletes with global awareness, nurture good character and leadership, and promote mental well-being.

The termly programmes are structured for lower secondary student-athletes (2024 for Secondary 1 only) throughout the academic year. It includes various activities and projects that emphasize sustainability and mental well-being.


1.      Internalize Design Thinking: Student-athletes learn to apply design thinking to real-world problems, fostering creativity and problem-                   solving skills.

2.      Equip with Global Skills: The programme emphasizes skills that prepare student-athletes for a globalized world, instilling an                                     understanding of different perspectives and cultures.

3.      Develop Character and Leadership: A key focus is on building strong character traits and leadership skills, crucial for personal and                           professional success.

4.      Promote Mental Well-being: The curriculum incorporates elements that support student-athletes' mental health and resilience.

Resilience Framework

The programme incorporates the resilience framework that includes values, beliefs, attitudes, and skills to help student-athletes overcome challenges and adversity. This framework comprises three components:

I Am: Developing growth mindset and self-worth.

I Can: Building problem-solving skills and the ability to view issues from different perspectives.

I Have: Creating a caring and supportive environment.

Design Thinking Process

Design Thinking process empowers student-athletes to tackle challenges creatively and systematically, encouraging them to innovate and think critically. It is a process that not only applies to academic projects but also to real-world problems, making it a valuable skill for student-athletes to learn and apply.


Student-athletes will produce various deliverables; including:

1.      A Design Journal for the student-athlete (in groups) to document their Design Thinking Process and their group reflections.

2.      A Prototype of a solution to the issue of sustainability that they have identified.

3.      A Video that documents their design process and one that explains their prototypes.

4.      Other modes of display that culminates the design thinking process.

This programme, with its approach to learning, not only equips student-athletes with essential skills but also nurtures them to become responsible, resilient, and empathetic individuals, ready to contribute positively to society and the environment. 

Post-Secondary Pathway Recommendation

Student-athletes are recommended the most appropriate academic pathway for them at the end of Secondary 3. Those who will benefit from a longer pathway for sports development can accept the recommendation to be on one of the through-train pathways where they will bypass the national examinations.