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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 academic year 2019 before the Secondary One Posting Exercise. 

Admission criteria

2. We welcome students who are talented in any 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, Solar Cars, Drones

Selection Process

3. Interested applicants should submit <TPSS Direct School Admission Application Form 2018> (see file at Enclosure below) with supporting documents to the General Office at Tampines Secondary School by 29 June 2018 (Friday), 5 pm. Our General Office is opened from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.


4. Shortlisted applicants will be notified to attend an audition and/or interview. Thereafter, all applicants will be informed of the outcome (i.e. Confirmed Offer, Waiting List or Rejected) via email and phone call by 31 August 2018 (Friday). A flowchart of the process is summarised below:

Application Stage

07 May 2018


29 June 2018

  Applicants submit application form and supporting 

documents to Tampines Secondary School.           

   Application closes on 29 June 2018, 5 pm.

Selection Stage

02 July 2018


06 July 2018

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

09 July 2018


31 August 2018

• Selection by panel comprising school leader and 

teachers in-charge of relevant CCAs / subjects.

 School informs applicants of outcome 

i.e.Confirmed Offer (CO), placed on Waiting List 

(WL), or Rejected via email and phone call.

 School makes offer to successful candidate in 

the   presence of their parents.

School submits list of candidates who have been 

given a confirmed offer /waiting list to MOE.

5. Please note that students successfully allocated to their DSA-Sec schools will NOT be allowed to participate in the annual S1 Posting Exercise to opt for secondary schools, and are expected to honour the commitment to the allocated DSA-Sec school for the entire duration of the programme. They will also NOT be allowed to transfer to another school after the release of the PSLE results.

Contact details

6.        Should you have any query, please contact:

Visual and Performing Arts

Ms Tan Shin Shin

Subject Head




Mr Benjamin Low

Head of Department

Craft and Technology


7.        Thank you.

DSA Coordination team

Tampines Secondary School


TPSS DSA Application Form 2018