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Beyond PSLE: Guide To The Secondary 1 (S1) Posting Exercise

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Congratulations! Your child has received their PSLE results, so what’s next? Ahead, we’ve compiled a handy list of tips to guide your family through the Secondary 1 (S1) Posting Process and beyond.

Have a family discussion

Take time to discuss secondary school options with your child. Instead of focusing solely on academic results, it’s important to choose a school that will support your child’s strengths and interests. Weigh important factors such as your child’s personality, their learning style, CCA options and more. Once your family has consolidated a broad list, take a look at other practical factors such as location and transportation and shortlist six schools.

Explore a list of secondary schools by PSLE aggregate range, location and programmes offered here

Shortlist and submit school choices

Your child would have received the Secondary 1 (S1) Option Forms when they collect their results slips. After your child has decided on their secondary school choices, ensure the option form has been completed before submitting it online via the Secondary 1 Internet System (S1-IS).

The S1-IS will be accessible from 11.00am on 22 November 2018 to 3.00pm on 28 November 2018 through the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) website.

Alternatively, the option form can be submitted in person through the student’s primary school. Submission at primary schools can be made during the following time slots: 11am to 3pm on 22 November 2018, and 9am to 3pm on 23, 26, 27 and 28 November 2018.

Note: Using all six options, if your child doesn’t get into a chosen school, they will be posted to a school with vacancies near your house. For students who would like to apply to an affiliated secondary school, listing the affiliated school as the first choice will give your child priority, but does not guarantee admission.

Look out for the release of Secondary 1 Posting Results

The S1 Posting Results will be released on Wednesday, 19 December 2018. The results can be accessed through the following channels:

  • Short Message Service (SMS) via a local mobile number (if provided by the applicant during the application process)
  • Log onto S1-1S using your child’s PSLE index number and Birth Certificate/ FIN number here
  • At the student’s primary school

Report to school

Students are to report on 20 December 2018 at 8.30am to the secondary schools they are posted to. Your child should wear their school uniform and bring their:

  • Student card
  • PSLE results slip
  • Primary school report book

Parents are encouraged to be at the school as some schools may conduct familiarisation activities for students and parents. New uniforms as well as textbooks can be purchased on the same day, depending on the individual school’s arrangements. Your child should report even if you intend to appeal for a transfer.

For parents who wish to appeal

If you assess that your posted secondary school is unable to accommodate your child’s physical health or special learning needs, you may appeal for a transfer. Appeals can be filed at your posted secondary school on the next day after the posting results have been released.

Things to remember about appealing for a transfer:

Appeals will only be considered for students with:

  • Serious medical conditions, such as chronic heart conditions or kidney problems.
  • Dyslexia or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Physical disabilities, such as those requiring the use of a wheelchair or crutches.

If you intend to appeal for transfer, your child must still report to their posted school on Thursday, 20 December 2018. The staff at your child’s posted secondary school will help file your appeal. MOE will respond to all appeals by early January. Students seeking transfer should continue to attend their posted secondary school until their transfer is approved. Transfers are subject to vacancies at the requested transfer school.