The Winstedt School began as a small private practice (formally known as Learn Different) in 2002 by its founder, and third generation Singaporean, Sharon Solomon.
At The Winstedt School, we teach differently for students who learn differently. Since 2008, The Winstedt School has led the way for inclusive and progressive education in South-East Asia. Students who benefit from a small student to teacher ratio are welcomed, challenged, celebrated and well-supported as we work towards capitalising their individual gifts.
Small classes, module base learning in a well-structured environment allow for successful learning with specialised and dedicated teachers who understand a student's needs for explicit, structured and multi-sensory learning. The Winstedt School does not provide IEP's nor allow for shadow teachers. We want our students to own their learning, advocating for who they are, where their resources lie and work in tandem with their teachers.
Our approach is unique and innovative – just like our students! Our students develop into confident, thoughtful and impressionable young adults, with a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness. Many of our graduates have been accepted in competitive high schools across the globe and continue to succeed in a broad range of subjects including the arts, sports and sciences.
The Winstedt School is home to a passionate, diverse and caring community of students, caregivers, teachers, therapists, counsellors who believe every learning experience should be intuitive, imaginative and engaging.
Such learning experiences can only exist with the collaboration of different types of expertise, talents, perspectives, methods from all over the world. At The Winstedt School, our students thrive among a community of interconnected specialists that provide individualised and multi-dimensional support with:
- Specialists Teachers, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists, from The Asher-Solomon Centre for Development
- Counselling in an era of social media and screen overload
- Art-infused lessons that follow an internationally recognised mainstream curriculum
- Facilities that encourage physical & mental wellbeing as well as cultivate curiosity and discovery
The Winstedt School is for the student who:
- is not being supported effectively in the classroom (gifted or otherwise)
- has switched curriculum
- is overwhelmed with homework/assignments/school
- has self-esteem issues related to poor academic grades
- has mainstreamed from a non-traditional educational environment
- is being homeschooled
- has no alternative educational environment to meet their diverse learning needs
- is finding learning exhaustive
- requires study skills that help in organisation
The Winstedt School embraces learning diversity providing students with a variety of educational experiences, combined with two internationally well-recognised curricula that best suit the needs of our students – the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), the Edexcel IPC and Edexcel Lower Secondary Curriculum based on the UK national curriculum.
In addition to the curricula, The Winstedt School provides Mandarin classes, Drama, Performance Arts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) project base learning, Executive Functioning Skills, Penmanship and Personal, Social and Health Education.
Beyond the Classroom
After school, curriculum activities are an essential part of every student’s growth and development. The Winstedt School offers a wide range of Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) for students. Students are required to attend two ECAs in the course of an academic year.
The ECAs include Taekwondo, Working with Clay, Dance, Circus Arts, Girl Scouts, Mandarin Club, Athletics, Cross Country, Soccer, Performance Arts, Music, Water Sports and Chess.
What Parents Say About Winstedt
“…My son Barney was diagnosed at the age of 5 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and as a result he missed almost two years of school. This left him considerably behind his peers and so we searched long and hard for a school that could deal with this deficit. We finally found The Winstedt School and he settled in well. The school has a unique approach to learning that suited Barney and he began to catch up.
You took the time to sit down and analyse my child and talk with us – his parents – about how we could best help him. You were not afraid to be firm with him yet your patience and kindness seemed endless and slowly his emotional breakdowns started to decrease in frequency.
What we didn't know at the time was that Barney had developed ADHD Inattentive type as a result of the chemotherapy treatment, a common side effect of this treatment. You pushed us to have him tested and we resisted, frightened to put a label on him. Again you took the time to sit with us and explain that he was just not getting “higher order” thinking and that it was not because he was not trying. Through your and the school’s patient explanations we decided to move forward with the testing. This was the best thing that ever happened for Barney -we finally realised that he was trying his best and that he had ADHD Inattentive type and that it was this that was holding him back. To quote Barney “I don't have to fight to stay awake now, I enjoy going to school and learning.” His self-esteem has gone through the roof whereas previously he had labelled himself as ‘the big dumb kid', he now participates in class and knows he is as smart as his peers.”
“My daughter has grown so much thanks to the care, nurturing and guidance you have shown her. Those many years ago, when a British school was kicking her out due to her learning difference, and she was miserable and struggling at (name of international school withheld), I felt a sense of hopelessness. I know from experience what it is like to be “lost in the system” because of a learning difference; I couldn't read till the 6th grade, I was just good at slipping by, and I feared the same for her. When Dr Marcou told me about the school you were starting, it sounded too good to be true and that she would be a perfect fit. With our combined efforts, we were able to set her on the right path and give her the same fighting chance that any neuro-typical child would have. For this I will always be grateful.”
Application and Enrolment Process
Admission to The Winstedt School is determined through a thoughtful application process that ensures a good fit for both your child and our community.
Step 1: Enquire
Give us a call, drop us an email or submit an online Enquiry form here. An Admissions representative will be in touch to answer any questions or simply provide general information.
The visit provides the opportunity to see the facilities, get a glimpse into a classroom and become acquainted with our School’s curriculum and culture. We encourage families to bring the child along for the tour so that they can get a feel for the school and we can conduct an informal assessment for suitability.
Step 3: Apply
You can apply via our application website. The online application platform will guide you through how to upload the required documents.
Step 4: Trial
Based on the information provided in the Application Form and following your visit, the School will decide if your child can proceed with a 1-3-day class trial. A trial is an integral component of our Admissions process. It allows your child to try us out and gives us the opportunity to assess your child for a potential fit.
In some situations, the trial can be waived based on application documents and students can be given a conditional placement.
Step 5: Decision
Following the trial, the Admissions team meets with parents to discuss assessments and observations and the child’s suitability for the School.
If our Admissions team finds the student cannot be appropriately supported, every effort will be made to refer parents to possible alternatives.
Step 6: Enrolment
If admitted, The Winstedt School will send a Placement Letter. Parents must inform us, within 7 days, of acceptance by signing the letter. After the signed Placement Letter has been received, parents will be invoiced for the Confirmation Fees.
The Winstedt School
1208 Upper Boon Keng Road
Tel: +65 6715 5373
Email: [email protected]
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Originally posted on April 9, 2020 @ 10:22 am