Bartley Secondary School

Bartley Secondary School is a co-educational secondary school in a district of Toa Payoh, Singapore along Jalan Bunga Rampai. The nearest MRT is located near the back gate of the school, which is Bartley MRT station.

Bartley Secondary School
10 Jalan Bunga Rampai
Singapore 538403
Coordinates1.3403°N 103.8828°E / 1.3403; 103.8828
MottoFacta Non Verba
(Deeds not words)
Established18 February 1952; 69 years ago (1952-02-18)
PrincipalMr Mohd Azhar Bin Terimo
Age13 to 17
CampusUrban; 3 hectares
Colour(s)  Blue   Red



The school was founded on 18 February 1952 with Mr Chua Leong Hean as the first principal and an enrolment of 81 boys and 10 girls.

In 1955 the science laboratories, school hall and tuck shop were built. In 1956, the female population of Bartley was transferred to the newly completed Cedar Girls' Secondary School. The school then became a boys' school in the secondary section. Post-secondary classes were also started in the same year, and female students were admitted to that level. The school also pioneered the National Police Cadet Corps with the first unit being established in 1959.[1]

Conversion into a co-educational school

In 1992 the school moved to the former Mt. Vernon Secondary School premises while a new school was built. In 1995 Bartley moved to new premises at 10 Jalan Bunga Rampai, and began admitted girls at secondary level again that year. Pre-university classes were phased out from the school in 1996. The school was upgraded under the PRIME scheme in its present site from 2003 to 2005.[2] The new school had facilities such as a dental clinic, a new school hall, additional classrooms and a library with a cafe.[3]

The school was banded for the first time in MOE's annual school ranking exercise in 2009. The school attributed this success to a lower student-teacher ratio.[4] In 2010, the school received the MOE Master Plan Award 2010, Band 9 in Express and Band 5 in Normal Academic Course. Also, the school achieved SAA for Academic (Express), SAA for Uniformed Group (5th Award) and SAA for Aesthetics (1st Award).

In 2011, the class, 2E2, was the winner for the Teachers' Day Dedication on 5, which dedication messages was showcased on the Channel 5 Television Show, The Noose on 1 September 2011. The dedication was filmed with Andre Chichak at Bartley Secondary School.[5] In 2012, air-conditioners were installed in the classrooms of 8 graduating classes.

Absorption of First Toa Payoh Secondary School

In 2014, it was announced that Bartley Secondary School would absorb First Toa Payoh Secondary School, in order to ensure a sufficiently large student population and modern infrastructure.[6] The schools were merged at the beginning of the 2016 school year and in order to ensure the students were acquainted with each other, a lesson on the history of both schools and icebreakers were conducted. An exhibition space dedicated to First Toa Payoh Secondary's achievements and heritage was also set up.[7]


Name of Principal Years served
Mr Chua Leong Hean 1952 - 1955
Mr Soo Ban Hoe 1955-1955
Mr E.W. Jesudason 1955-1962
Mr Andrew Yeo 1962-1968
Mr V. Surendranath 1968-1978
Mr Leong San Nam 1978-1978
Mr Yeo Chew Min 1979-1981
Mr Eric Ratnam 1981-1987
Mr Muhammad Jaafar 1988-1995
Mrs Tan So Wah 1995 - 2001
Mrs Dolly Ong 2002 - 2007
Mrs Mary Bay 2008 - 2014
Mr Mohd Azhar Bin Terimo 2015 – Present

Academic Information

Being an integrated secondary school, Bartley Secondary School offers three academic streams, namely the four-year Express course, as well as the Normal Course, comprising Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) academic tracks.

O Level Express Course

The Express Course is a nationwide four-year programme that leads up to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination.[8]

Normal Course

The Normal Course is a nationwide 4-year programme leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination, which runs either the Normal (Academic) curriculum or Normal (Technical) curriculum, abbreviated as N(A) and N(T) respectively.[9]

Normal (Academic) Course

In the Normal (Academic) course, students offer 5-8 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination. Compulsory subjects include:[10]

  • English Language
  • Mother Tongue Language
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Humanities

A 5th year leading to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination is available to N(A) students who perform well in their Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination. Students can move from one course to another based on their performance and the assessment of the school principal and teachers.[9]

Normal (Technical) Course

The Normal (Technical) course prepares students for a technical-vocational education at the Institute of Technical Education.[10] Students will offer 5-7 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level examination.[10] The curriculum is tailored towards strengthening students’ proficiency in English and Mathematics.[10] Students take English Language, Mathematics, Basic Mother Tongue and Computer Applications as compulsory subjects.[10]


  1. Nair, Suresh (17 January 1985). "NPCC Day to be celebrated for first time". Singapore Monitor. Retrieved 13 June 2017 via NewspaperSG.
  2. Raymond, Jose (3 June 2003). "School closed". Today.
  3. Tan, Sean (13 December 2004). "Bartley Secondary gets cafe in library, cosy study areas". The Straits Times.
  4. "Engaging students", The New Paper, Singapore, 12 September 2009.
  5. "Teachers' Day Dedication on 5" Archived 2012-05-06 at the Wayback Machine, "XinMSN", Singapore, 1 September 2011.
  6. Lee, Pearl (26 July 2014). "8 secondary schools to merge into 4". The Straits Times. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  7. Khamid, Hetty Musfirah Abdul (7 January 2016). "4 merged secondary schools begin new academic year". ChannelNewsAsia. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. "Express Course Curriculum". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. "Secondary School Courses". Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. "Normal Course Curriculum". Retrieved 14 September 2017.