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Direct School Admission (DSA)



1. Tampines Secondary School (TPSS) extends a warm invitation to Primary 6 students to apply for direct admission into the school for the academic year 2018 before the Secondary One Posting Exercise.

Admission criteria

2. We welcome students who are talented in one of the following areas:



Visual and Performing Arts:

-       Dance

o   Malay

o   Modern Chinese

o   Contemporary

-       Wind Ensemble (Concert Band)

-       English Drama

-       Choir

-       Drawing and painting

-       Photography

-       Videography

Candidate should meet at least two of the following criteria:


1.   Has prior experience in the area

2.  Has participated in national performance and/or competition with attainment, e.g. Certificate of Accomplishment at SYF Central Judging

3.   Has attained at least Grade 5 (or equivalent) in the relevant arts domain  

4.    Demonstrated aptitude for at least one arts domain[1]


[1] The candidate may also be credited for his/her achievement through competitions and/or through a personal portfolio.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Candidate should meet at least one of the following criteria:

 1.    Has a keen interest to explore STEM

 2.    Demonstrated aptitude in Science and/or Mathematics

 3.    Participated in competitions related to STEM, e.g Robotics

Selection Process

3.    Interested applicants should submit <TPSS Direct School Admission Application Form 2017> (see file at Enclosure below) with supporting documents to the General Office at Tampines Secondary School by 30 June 2017 (Friday), 5.00 pm. Our General Office is opened from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 5 pm.

4.    All applicants will be informed of the outcome (i.e. Confirmed Offer, Waiting List or Rejected) via email and phone call by 28 August 2017 (Monday). Shortlisted applicants will be notified to attend an audition and/or interview. A flowchart of the process is summarised below:

Application Stage

09 May 2017


30 June 2017

     Applicants submit application form and supporting documents to

      Tampines Secondary School.           

    Application closes on 30 June 2017, 5 pm.

Selection Stage

3rd July 2017                             


7th July 2017

  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified to attend an audition and/or                    interview.

10th July 2017


31st August 2017

  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel comprising              school leader(s) and teacher(s) in-charge of relevant CAs/subjects.
  • For applicants who are returning Singaporeans or International                        Students who are Permanent Residents, a written test will be                            administered to determine candidate's academic attainment for                        placement in the relevant course of study.
  • TPSS informs applicants of outcome i.e. Confirmed Offer (CO), placed            on  Waiting List (WL), or Rejected via email and phone call.
  • TPSS makes offer to successful candidate(s) and their parents.

Contact details

5.    Should you have any query, please contact:


Visual and Performing Arts

Mr Albert Tsui

Head of Department

English Language and Literature



Mr Victor Ng

Head of Department



6.    Thank you.

DSA Coordination team
Tampines Secondary School

TPSS Direct School Admission Application Form 2017.pdf