Message from the Head of School

Photo of Richard Henry, Head of School at GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of GEMS World Academy (Singapore).

After working in education for nearly 30 years and across four continents, it is my extreme privilege to be leading this exceptional international school.

A dedicated team of teachers and support staff are highly motivated on the mission of the school. That is, a commitment to providing outstanding learning opportunities, through an environment of mutual respect, transparency and engagement.

To achieve this mission it is the responsibility of all our teachers to ensure that students at GEMS Singapore receive the individualised attention necessary so that each child can achieve their best. The teachers at this school are all highly qualified professionals who are expected to lead by example and embrace the responsibility of guiding the development of children and young adults. It is my belief that an effective partnership between teachers, students and parents is what makes a successful educational experience.

Parents are supported at our school through participation in the parent association as well as the parent engagement programme. This includes workshops and seminars for parents on topics related to the well-being and development of children.

I encourage all parents to be active members of our GEMS Singapore community and converse regularly with teachers and school leaders regarding the development of their children.

GEMS World Academy (Singapore) is part of the larger network of GEMS Education. The GEMS network extends across 13 countries and reaches more than 250 000 students.

Built by the son of two teachers, GEMS Education has grown into one of the most highly respected and successful education groups in the world by focussing on exceptional educators.

At a GEMS school children learn to develop every facet of themselves, so they can shine in any part of the world. Our four core values are Global Citizenship, Pursuing Excellence, Growing by learning and Leading through innovation.

Our school is fully authorised to implement the high quality programmes of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) are focussed on student-led enquiry-based learning which provides children with, not only, the academic foundations but also the skill set required to be effective and adaptable in any facet of their future life.

In addition to the MYP, middle school students complete the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.

The senior students undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) which is a highly regarded qualification recognised and accepted by many of the top universities around the world. In addition, international benchmark testing provides data for improvement of academic performance.

The world class facilities at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) provide a rich environment for stimulating young minds. Approaches to teaching and learning are enhanced by the exceptional sports, arts and technology resources.

A centre for innovation and entrepreneurship provides an amazing opportunity for students at GEMS Singapore to be at the cutting edge of technological developments as they happen.

I am proud to be a member of this school community and am confident that the educational experience at GEMS Singapore caters for all dimensions of a child’s intellectual, social and physical well being while also fostering their individual talents.

This internationally minded environment provides each student with the opportunity to excel and make significant and valued contributions to their local community and the wider world in their days ahead.

Richard Henry
Head of School