Bartley Secondary School

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Coordinates: 1°20′23″N 103°53′00″E / 1.339785°N 103.883226°E / 1.339785; 103.883226

Bartley Secondary School
Jalan Bunga Rampai
Type Government
Motto Facta Non Verba
(Deeds not words)
Established 1952
Session Single session
School code 3002
Principal Mr Mohd Azhar Bin Terimo
Enrolment 1,100
Colour(s) Red, White and Blue

Bartley Secondary School is a value-added, co-educational neighbourhood secondary school in Singapore. The principal is Mr Mohd Azhar Bin Terimo.


The school was founded on 18 February 1952 with Mr Chua Leong Hean as the first principal who also designed the School Crest.

The enrolment was 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.

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. In December 1995, a new principal, Mrs Tan So Wah, was appointed, the first woman principal. The school admitted girls at secondary level again in 1995, when it moved to the new site. Pre-university classes were phased out from the school in 1996. The school was upgraded (PRIME) in its present site from 2003 to 2005. Additional classes, learning suites and an enlarged school hall were added to the school.

Since Mrs Tan So Wah, the school has appointed Principals Mrs Dolly Ong (2002–2007) and Mrs Mary Bay (2008–2014) and currently Mr Mohd Azhar Bin Terimo (2015-present).

One of the stronger areas of Bartley Secondary School is the Student Leadership Development Programme and the CCA Programme. The school has the Student Council Board, Class Committee Council and Co-curricular Activity Leaders (formed by the top two leaders from all Uniform Groups, Performing Arts, Sports and Games and Clubs and Societies). Each of these group of Student Leaders receive training and development through their stint of duties and responsibilities in their respective areas. The annual Combined Student Leadership Camp was started in 2006. In June and November, the top two or three student leaders from every CCA come together to learn and grow together as part of their leadership training. The Combined Student Leaders Investiture was conceptualized from 2007 and it remains a highlight in the School Calendar.

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.[2]

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.[3]

In 2012, air-conditioners were installed in the classrooms of 8 graduating classes.


Vice Principals[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Engaging students", The New Paper, Singapore, 12 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Teachers' Day Dedication on 5", "XinMSN", Singapore, 01 September 2011.