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What is the age range of student-athletes that Singapore Sports School will accept?
Singapore Sports School offers both secondary and post-secondary academic programmes, so our student-athletes are generally from 13 to 18 years old. Most of our student-athletes apply to join Sports School via Direct School Admission (DSA) when they are at Primary 6 level (generally 12 years old). We also welcome youth athletes to join us midstream from other secondary schools. The DSA-JC allows youth athletes to apply to join our post-secondary IB Diploma Programme, while the Early Admission Exercise (EAE) allows youth athletes to apply to join our post-secondary polytechnic programmes.
What are the sports offered at Singapore Sports School?
The Academy Programme sports offered are Badminton, Bowling, Fencing, Football (boys), Netball (girls), Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, and Track and Field.
In addition to Academy Programme sports, we also work closely with the National Sports Associations to nurture student-athletes in sports such as artistic swimming, diving, golf, gymnastics, ice skating, pencak silat, water polo, wushu, and more.
Only those in an Academy Programme sport will receive sport training by coaches of Singapore Sports School. Those in Individual Programme sports must be supported by their respective National Sports Associations in their sport training plans.
How does Singapore Sports School select its student-athletes?
Students are selected based on technical skills, fitness, potential for future development and motivation to join Singapore Sports School.
For enrolment into Individual Programme sports, they must have endorsement from the respective National Sports Association (NSA) as the NSAs are responsible for training plans, providing coaching, and developing the students in the sport.
For enrolment into Secondary 1, they must minimally be eligible for secondary school posting.
For enrolment into post-secondary programmes, they must have demonstrated the ability to cope with the academic demands of the respective programme.
Why does Sports School not keep a waitlist for unsuccessful applicants to the school?
As Singapore Sports School’s mission is to support aspiring national athletes, it enrolls student-athletes who meet the criteria for admission primarily based on their sports abilities and potentials. Some of the admission criteria are developed jointly with the respective national sports associations. Only those who meet the prevailing criteria are admitted at the point of selection, regardless of numbers. Hence, there is no waitlist for unsuccessful applicants. Those who may not be ready for enrollment at the point of selection may apply again in subsequent years when they have further developed in their sports, and we would be happy to consider them again based on prevailing selection criteria.
I have joined a secondary school through Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec). Can I seek a transfer to Singapore Sports School mid-stream?
DSA requires a commitment on the part of the student to the secondary school that he/she is admitted to. Should you wish to seek a transfer, you will be considered as “DSA-tied”. Your parent will have to seek in-principle approval from your current School Principal. Should your current School Principal allow you to seek a transfer, then he/she will have to obtain the necessary clearance from MOE. Only after clearance from MOE, then Singapore Sports School can start the formal selection process such as sports trial and interview. If you are found unsuitable for Sports School, you will remain with your current secondary school. If you are found suitable for Sports School, we will work with your current school to effect your transfer.
I am a Returning Singaporean. I would like to join Singapore Sports School’s secondary programme or IBDP upon returning to Singapore. Is MOE’s SPERS-Sec or SPERS-JC/MI mandatory?
If you have a place in a secondary school or JC/MI under MOE’s Leave of Absence scheme, you can re-join your former school immediately upon your return.
As Singapore Sports School is a specialised independent school, we conduct our own placement tests in subjects such as English and Mathematics, hence MOE’s SPERS-Sec or SPERS-JC/MI are not required.
Returning Singaporeans who are interested in other secondary schools or JC/MI in Singapore may refer to details at:
I am an International Student. I would like to move to Singapore and join Singapore Sports School’s secondary programme. Is MOE’s AEIS mandatory?
As Singapore Sports School is a specialised independent school, we conduct our own placement tests in subjects such as English and Mathematics, hence MOE’s Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) is not required. International Students who are interested in other secondary schools in Singapore may refer to details of AEIS at https://www.moe.gov.sg/international-students/admission
How do I apply to Singapore Sports School?
To apply for admission and/or sports trials, please click here to fill the e-form. If you are shortlisted, the respective General Manager in-charge of the sport will contact you. Do not apply to Singapore Sports School using MOE’s DSA-Sec portal.
I am a Primary 6 pupil. I have applied to Singapore Sports School but I have not been offered a place yet. Can I apply to other secondary schools via MOE DSA-Sec portal?
Yes, you can. However, once you have accepted an offer from Singapore Sports School, you should not submit any school choice(s) during MOE’s DSA School Preference Submission. If you submit any school choice(s) during MOE’s DSA School Preference Submission, Sports School’s offer will be void.
I am a Primary 6 pupil and I have accepted Singapore Sports School’s offer of a place in Secondary 1 next year. Must I participate in MOE’s S1 Posting Exercise when PSLE results are released?
You are still required to participate in the S1 Posting Exercise. The S1 posting results are released some time in December. On the next working day after the release of S1 posting results, you will seek a formal school transfer from your posted mainstream secondary school to Singapore Sports School. This will allow you to return to your posted mainstream secondary school if you subsequently need to leave Sports School.
Do student-athletes have to go for a pre-admission medical test before joining Sports School?
Potential student-athletes are required to undergo a medical examination as part of admission requirements to the Singapore Sports School. The medical examination includes tests of the cardiovascular system, pulmonary system, neurology assessment, musculoskeletal examination, and laboratory tests such as urinalysis, full blood count, ECG and chest X-ray. They must be certified to be fit for physical training by a sports doctor.
What happens if a shortlisted student-athlete does not pass his/her medical examination?
He/she will not be able to enrol into Singapore Sports School.