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Private Education Act


Council for Private Education (CPE) & Student Passes

Established under the Private Education Act (PEA), the Council for Private Education (CPE) is a statutory board sanctioned with the legislative power to regulate the private education sector. Every private educational institutions in Singapore has to be registered with CPE.

Since June 2011, GESS has been registered with the Council of Private Education under the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF), as set out under the Private Education Act and the Private Education Regulations, and is permitted to accept students on Student Passes. The EduTrust Certification Scheme is voluntarily and, by special grant of Singapore government, GESS is exempt from the legislation that only EduTrust certified schools are allowed to accept students on student passes.

More information about the Council of Private Education can be found here.
You can find a sample of GESS student contract here.

GESS registration details

  • CPE registration number: S72SS0010G
  • Registration period: 22 June, 2011 – 21 June, 2017

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CPE registration number: S72SS0010G
Registration period: 22 June, 2011 – 21 June, 2017

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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