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Our Humble Beginnings

The school was started by Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith at her home in Jalan Eaton, Kuala Lumpur in 1946 at the end of the Second World War.

Providing a high quality education for expatriate children

Mrs. Fairfield-Smith, a biology graduate from Harvard University and an experienced teacher, started with one student and by the end of the week she had several children all eager to learn. She transformed her spare bedroom into a classroom. Her daughter was one of the early students and her founding ethos of wanting to provide a high quality education for expatriate families living in Kuala Lumpur is still as relevant today.  She wanted to ensure that expatriate children returning to education in their home country or moving to a school in another country could do so as seamlessly as possible. 

The Alice Smith Schools Association 

When she left Malaya for Australia in 1950, the parents of the children attending the school formally incorporated the Alice Smith Schools Association. In this remarkable not-for-profit educational foundation, the student body comprised the founder nations of Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia and later children of all nationalities. The Alice Smith Schools Association remains as steadfast in its principles and governance today, focusing on high academic standards, essential life skills and a sense of responsibility to the community.

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