School within School Programme


School within School Programme

The Singapore Sports School, in collaboration with Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) started the “school within school” (SWS) programme.

SWS supports student-athletes who require high technical skills and repetitive training with consecutive training blocks. The student-athletes in the SWS programme undergo extended duration of training during the day and attend academic classes in the late evening — quite a different concept from what students in mainstream schools do. The longer training sessions are aimed at optimising training and eventually narrowing the gap with the international playing standards.

In addition, SWS offers a greater customisation of academic support for its student-athletes so that they can travel and compete more frequently. The yearly and daily academic schedules of SWS are worked around the student-athletes' training and competition plans. Classes may also be conducted during the scheduled school holidays.


Post-Secondary Pathways

In a conventional secondary school, there is the need to prepare for the national examinations and sport training will take a back seat for at least six months ahead of the national examinations. This is also when student-athletes aged 16 and 17 years old  are just beginning to develop in their chosen sport.

To leverage on this sport development opportunity, Sports School created the through-train pathway, bypassing the national examinations, leading to a post-secondary education. The modular curriculum can take on a wrap-around model when the rigour of the sport development plan calls for it, giving student-athletes the advantage of a flexible academic programme. The modular curriculum and through-train pathway are creative and necessary systems which will allow youth athletes to develop their sport talent without having to compromise their academic grades.

The Sports School currently has four post-secondary through-train pathways: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, with an option to complete in up to four years; customised Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management; customised Diploma in Business Studies (Entrepreneurship Management Option) and Nitec in Fitness Training.

STTA & Singapore Sports School have already experienced success in such a sport-study structure — as exemplified by table tennis student-athlete, Clarence Chew. His extensive and intensive training and competition schedule in the lead up to major games gave him the skills and stature to win 2 golds and 3 bronzes at the SEA Games 2013 and 2015, gold in Commonwealth Games 2014, as well as 2 golds and 1 bronze in the SEA Championships 2016. His customised study schedule facilitated his academic success and allowed him to join the RP-SSP DSLM programme as a Sport Scholar. The flexible and athlete-friendly RP-SSP academic through-train pathway also allowed Clarence to continually pursue excellence in studies and sports.

This “School-Within-A-School” programme is aimed at assisting selected student-athletes achieve international sporting standards and preparing them on an optimal training and developmental pathway with complementing educational track.