Secondary 1 (S1): Receive school posting results

2. How your child is posted

The posting process is based on the student’s PSLE score according to the order of their school choices and vacancies at the selected schools. Students with better PSLE scores will be considered first for vacancies in their chosen schools. Tie-breakers are used only if there are 2 or more students with the same PSLE score vying for the last available place or places in a school.

What if 2 students have the same score?

If there is more than 1 student with the same PSLE score vying for the last available place or places in a school, tie-breakers will be applied in the following sequence:

  1. Citizenship status
    Priority given in the order of:
    1. Singapore Citizen
    2. Permanent Resident
    3. International Student
  2. School choice order
  3. Computerised balloting

Note: Students will only need to ballot when they have the same PSLE score, citizenship and choice order of schools and are vying for the last available place or places in the school.

Why does the order of school choice matter when there is a tie-break?

Choice order is be considered to recognise the different considerations that families have when choosing secondary schools, such as the school’s ethos, culture, programmes, CCAs, distance between the school and home, etc. This way, we hope to encourage families to think more deeply about the schools they are choosing and look beyond schools’ cut-off points to decide which would best suit their child’s strengths and interests.

For example, Bryan and Mary are vying for the last place in School A. They:

  • Have the same PSLE score.
  • Are both Singapore Citizens.

Bryan listed School A as his first choice and Mary listed it as her third. In this case, Bryan will be posted to School A as he had ranked School A higher than Mary in his choice order of secondary schools.

What if there are no vacancies at any of my child's chosen schools?

Students who cannot be placed in any of their chosen schools will be posted to the nearest school with available vacancies, based on their PSLE scores and registered address. For this reason, we advise parents to keep their address updated with their child’s primary school by end October.

Do students taking Higher Chinese Language (HCL) have priority for admission to Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools during posting?

Students who obtained Distinction/Merit/Pass in HCL and a PSLE score of 14 or better (i.e. PSLE score ≤ 14) will be eligible for posting advantage when applying to SAP schools.

If multiple students with the same PSLE score apply for places in the same SAP school, those with better HCL grades will be allocated a place ahead of other students. This applies before the tie-breakers for S1 posting.

Note: Learn more about the new PSLE scoring system that will take effect from this year.