What is the Global Schools Foundation?

Global Schools Foundation is a not-for-profit chain of K-12 schools in Southeast Asia. The first GSF campus launched in Mount Sophia, Singapore with just forty-eight students.

Headquartered in Singapore, the organisation now boasts more than twenty-one campuses spanning seven countries, namely Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, the Middle East and of course, Singapore. The foundation now serves more than fifteen thousand students representing more than seventy different nationalities across the globe.

Created with the goal of providing affordable, high-quality education to international communities worldwide, GSF was founded in 2002. Nearly two decades later, the foundation's schools have received more than 150 national and international awards for academic excellence.

History of GSF and OWIS

OWIS was acquired by GSF in 2015, and this allowed us to widen our outreach to the international student community. Since then, we've built three new campuses. Our OWIS Nanyang campus welcomed its first students in January 2018 after we successfully competed against 11 other K-12 international schools to win a tender offered by Singapore’s Economic Development Board for our Nanyang school site. We started our second campus in the East of Singapore in January 2020 at Mountbatten.

GSF Today

GSF has grown tremendously since its humble beginnings in 2002. To carry out our shared mission, the OWIS leadership team collaborates with the GSF team in multiple areas of synergy:

Governance. We strive to follow best practices as we seek not only to achieve our goals but also those of GSF.
Educational excellence. For each of our campuses, our Academic and Examination Board establishes rigorous academic standards. Each of our schools caters to a distinct community, and our programmes are tailored accordingly.
Efficiency in day-to-day operations. Optimising our management procedures in areas such as accounting, finance and IT infrastructure enables us to make the best use of available resources.

Advisors to OWIS

GSF also provides three advisors to OWIS:

Prof. Ralph Tabberer CB is an expert educator with more than 35 years experience in the school sector, in higher education and in government. He was Director General of Schools in England between 2006 and 2009, a post in which he was responsible to PM Tony Blair for the development and performance of 23,000 primary, secondary and special schools in the UK.

Kotaro Tamura, a former Japanese politician, served in Prime Minister Abe's cabinet as Parliamentary Secretary of the Office of Economic and Fiscal Policy. He is currently a Professor at LKY School of National University of Singapore

Julian Whiteley was an engineer in the Royal Navy, Head of Physics at Sherborne School and Chief Executive Officer with a track record of producing extraordinary results in the International and UK education sector.

Global Schools Foundation is committed to maintaining high standards in governance, curriculum quality and management. To consistently ensure best practices in teaching and learning, we invite key stakeholders to work with the board to improve OWIS and GSF. Their feedback helps us incorporate policies and practices that have established us as leaders in international education.

The mission of GSF parallels our vision for OWIS: to prepare students to become dynamic global leaders of the future. We look forward to working together to fulfil our shared vision of providing a well-rounded education that brings out the best in each of our students, allowing them to reach their full potential.