1. Please mention about
the school and its mission/vision and various infrastructural facilities.
Alice Smith School was the first British
international school in Malaysia and the only British international school in
Kuala Lumpur which is ‘not for profit’.
With two stunning campuses, Primary and
Secondary, providing world-class facilities and an abundance of green, open
spaces, we are passionate about the difference we make and proud of our
excellent reputation in providing an outstanding and thriving all-round
education based on the British curriculum for 3 to 18 year olds.
To provide an outstanding British education for
a successful international future
To lead the pursuit of excellence in learning
through nurturing, inspiring and enriching the lives and characters of young
2. Kindly mention about
the prominent personality of the school and his/her role in the development of
The school was started in 1946 by Alice
Fairfield-Smith at her home in Jalan Eaton, Kuala Lumpur at the end of the
Second World War. A biology graduate from Harvard University and an experienced
teacher, Alice Smith only had a handful of expatriate children then, including
her own daughter, Lindsey. Alice Smith’s founding ethos of wanting to provide a
high quality education for expatriate families living in Kuala Lumpur is still
as relevant today as it was almost 75 years ago when the school first began.
3. Kindly describe about
the various courses offered by the school and their salient features.
The primary curriculum
is divided into 3 stages:
Alice Smith Early Years Curriculum follows the skills and directives set out in
the English National Curriculum. In the Foundation Stage, students will be
learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding
through 7 areas of learning and development.
We aim to create a treasure-house of wonder and
joy for curious young minds.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and
In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), your child will
experience free flow classrooms and play areas enabling them to select the
activities planned by our teachers that interest and stimulate them the most.
Your child will develop skills more quickly by engaging them in this way than
in a formal class setting.
Key Stage 2
In Years 3 to 6, our flexible, well planned
cross-curricular units encourage students to make sense of their learning by
creating links between subjects and the real world. Learning initiated by
student questions is encouraged, celebrated, tracked and recorded as part of
the connected and authentic learning process.
Planning is based on the teacher’s reflections
and their knowledge of your child. Content is not fixed each year which allows
for a genuine connection with our ever changing student body and current
affairs around the world.
Our secondary curriculum
comprises English, mathematics, science and technology, sport, languages and
the arts reflecting the very best of British education, enhanced and enriched
by our international context. Our students are encouraged to become proficient
lifelong learners through the explicit development of our KLASS learner
attributes – – Happy and Healthy, Respectful, Community Minded, Independent
Learners, Communicators and Problem Solvers.
Our curriculum is
structured into three distinct phases: Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9), Key Stage 4
(Years 10 and 11) and Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) and follows the National
Curriculum for England through to (I)GCSE and A Level.
Key Stage 3 (11-14 years old)
In Key Stage 3, your
child will build upon knowledge and understanding gained during their early
education whilst developing their proficiency in a wide range of subjects
through the acquisition of key learning skills. They will study 14 different
subjects including English, maths, science and two modern foreign languages.
Key Stage 4 (14-16)
In Key Stage 4, your
child will learn English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language whilst also specialising in subject areas which
reflect their interests, strengths and aspirations. This stage culminates in
Students have the option
between 9 and 11 (I)GCSEs depending upon their learning preferences (via
combined core and additional
mathematics plus triple science). Alongside
the academic subjects your child will continue to receive physical education lessons
and participate in our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) programme,
Key Stage 5 (Age 16-18)
Our Sixth Form offers
your child the opportunity to achieve their academic potential with a choice of
over 24 A Level subjects and the option of completing the Extended Project
Qualification (EPQ), as well as a variety of enrichment activities (including
leadership, service and physical activity).
4. Please mention what
steps are you taking beyond the traditional curriculum to ensure overall
development of the students?
Across the school there
are over 100 activities to choose from each term. Not every activity is open to
every age group but there is more than enough to satisfy everyone’s tastes and
In addition the service
learning dimension of our enrichment programme encourages students to work
constructively with others and build communication skills. Our students work on
projects both here in Kuala Lumpur, with organisations such as the UNHCR, and
throughout the region.
5. What steps does the
school take to motivate and develop the students’ interest towards education?
The Student Support
Programme (SSP) is a scheme that allows our older students to help other
students in their academic studies. The scheme involves volunteers from Year 12
and 13 offering support to students in the lower year groups in a subject of
their choice. These choices are then matched with teachers’ requests for
support in their subjects. Students involved attend regular training at which
support strategies and feedback from teachers are given.
6. How are you providing
financial assistance to the students in need?
As a not-for-profit institution funded solely by
parent fees, the school ensures that all financial resources are invested in
providing the highest quality of education possible for its students, as well
as supporting the wider community.
Each year, the school offers full KLASS
Scholarships and partial Reach for the Stars Scholarships for deserving
The KLASS scholarship is a full scholarship with
the underlying aim to benefit high achieving post-SPM Malaysian students with
limited financial means. Scholars are expected to push themselves in all
aspects of learning, attain high levels of excellence in both academic and
non-academic fields and become a fully integrated member of our school
Reach for the Stars scholarships are partial
scholarships and can be awarded up to 50% off fees. Reach for the Stars
scholarships are awarded on academic or talent merit.
Applications are welcome from students who excel
in their academics or excel in music, performing arts or sport. Interested
scholars will need to show strong academic performance and be an outstanding
model student. This scholarship is awarded for both (I)GCSE and A level
7. What are the career
opportunities available to the students after completion of their courses?
At Alice Smith, we have
made Higher Education Counselling provision a core part of our Sixth Form
package with the focus being on finding what American counsellors call the
‘right fit’ university for each student.
We look at their
academic ability, professional objectives, extracurricular interests and even
personality traits to help guide students to the right university for them.
At Alice Smith, we take
great pride in our ability to give the best possible advice on university and
other post school options. However, it is clear that the accelerated pace of
change we see in the workforce is now filtering down to universities; so we
will be working very hard over the next few years to make sure we keep up with
this rate of change.
8. Other than
traditional occupations, what other career field options are available for
With a wide range of A
Level subjects offered at the school, our students have gone on to careers or
courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Research, Genetics, Pathology, Physiotherapy,
Sports Science, Physiology, Optometry, Law, Psychology, Pharmacology, Forensic
Science, Agriculture, English, Engineering, Accountancy and many others.
9. Please enlighten us
about the school’s major awards/achievements, its accomplished/renowned alumni,
remarkable collaborations, and major accreditations.
The Alice Smith School
is an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS)
and a founding member of the Federation of British International Schools in
Asia (FOBISIA). Additionally it is a member of the Independent Schools Council
(ISC), the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Council of
International Schools (CIS).
We are thrilled to be recently shortlisted for
an award in The International Independent Schools of the Year category. The Independent Schools of
the Year awards launched in 2018
celebrate the success stories of schools and their students across the
independent education sector in the UK and British schools overseas.
Other notable achievements include being
shortlisted for the TES International School of the Year Award in 2015, the
British International School Awards (BISA) 2018 and Relocate Awards 2018. The
school was also shortlisted in two categories for the International School
Awards 2019, winning the Pastoral Initiative category. The awards recognise and
celebrate excellence in educational practice in international schools
Kindly elaborate about the future plans of the school in the same.
The school has an overall
long term Master Plan with regards to its buildings and facilities. The latest phase
was completed in November 2018 and consisted of extensions and refurbishments
to the Humanities, Library, Sixth Form and Indoor sports blocks with over 6,000
square metres of new space at the Secondary Campus. This followed the expansion
of the sports facilities, including the addition of an IAAF certified running
track in 2016 and the Jubilee Centre, which houses our Students Canteen, Parent
Deli and various office spaces at our Primary Campus was completed in 2015.