Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to the Primary Campus and thank you for your interest in our school.
As the new Primary Principal of The Alice Smith School, I feel immensely honoured to be a part of such a wonderful school. Our aim is to provide an outstanding education for every child. Our teachers are committed to inspiring an excitement and passion for learning, which challenges and inspires. Alice Smith children are happy and healthy: the myriad of opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, enable them to thrive and excel in a caring environment.
We are committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers, who are dedicated to meeting every child’s needs through stimulating learning opportunities; we put your child’s development at the heart of everything we do. The outstanding British education we provide and the rich and diverse location here in Malaysia, is second to none. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon.
Principal - Primary Campus
The Primary Campus caters for children aged between 3 and 11 years old and has just over 800 students in total. There are eight year groups with five classes per year group between Reception and Year 6, and two Pre-School classes. The Primary Campus is overseen by the Principal, Tom Verity and four Vice Principals, Alison Nadarajah (Our Students), David Hellier (Achievement & Progression), Sharon Wellington (Learning & Teaching) and Jaime Thistleton (Our Staff).
The year groups are grouped into three key stages of learning and follow the English National Curriculum.
The Foundation Stage covers two year groups - Pre-School (ages 3 to 4) and Reception (ages 4 to 5). We follow England’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which covers seven areas of learning on which we base our teaching.
Well planned, stimulating and interesting activities, both indoor and outdoor, ensure our young children learn with enjoyment and challenge, whilst always enabling their more creative sides to flourish. High quality play is valued and an important part of learning in the Foundation Stage at Alice Smith. The well resourced classrooms and the dedicated Foundation play areas and garden provide a stimulating and interesting environment, where the children feel safe, cared for and valued.
Each Reception class has 22 students, a UK qualified teacher and a teaching assistant, In Pre-School, there is a ratio of 1 adult to 6 children; one adult is a UK qualified teacher supported by a number of teaching assistants. The Foundation Stage is further enriched through input from our Specialist Teaching staff in lessons, such as Music and PE for example.
Key Stage One covers two year groups - Year 1 (ages 5 to 6) and Year 2 (ages 6 to 7). We follow the English National Curriculum, which starts to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the students in a wider range of subjects with a focus on developing each individual child.
The key to creating a love of learning and success lies in commitment and enjoyment and therefore at the Alice Smith School, we believe these are important years during which to foster a strong work ethic in our children by providing a stimulating and interesting environment and broadening the opportunities available to them.
Students are encouraged to be kind and respectful of others and to follow our School’s Golden Rules. During Key Stage One they learn to value their own efforts and contributions and those of others, knowing that they are recognised as individuals.
There are five classes of 22 in each year group in Key Stage One, each with a UK qualified teacher and a teaching assistant. The children benefit from specialist teachers in PE, Swimming, Music and Bahasa Melayu.
Key Stage Two covers four year groups - Year 3 (ages 7 to 8), Year 4 (ages 8 to 9), Year 5 (ages 9 to 10) and the last year at the Primary Campus, Year 6 (ages 10 to 11). This is the longest of all Key Stages and the children make significant academic, personal and social development during this time. We encourage our students to become increasingly independent, self-confident and responsible and show a greater awareness of the world around them.
Students in Key Stage Two will have opportunities to participate in academic, musical and sporting activities in competitions with other schools both within Malaysia and across the region. Within school, there is a wide range of extra-curricular activities to choose from and the the roles of School Council representative and of Prefect are just a couple of examples of how we ensure the students have a ‘voice’ and can meaningfully contribute to the development of the school.
There are five classes of 22 in each year group across Key Stage Two. Each class is taught by a UK qualified class teacher who teaches the students for the majority of their lessons. However, the children benefit from specialist teachers in PE, Swimming, Music and Modern Foreign Languages and each year group is supported by a number of teaching assistants