The TENBY SCHOOLS GROUP operates both international and private schools across Malaysia.
In order to move towards its Vision of ‘A United World at Peace – Through Education’, the Tenby Group is committed to developing schools which provide an education to both expatriate and Malaysian students within an international setting. To make a Tenby Education available to as many as possible within the community, fees are set at a level which are affordable to a wide range of expatriate and especially Malaysian families. This is achieved by means of careful control of expenditure and the appointment of a combination of expatriate (typically 30%) and local teachers together with a strong emphasis on teacher training and development. The aim is to make a high quality international education available to all.
At present there are Tenby Schools campuses in Setia Eco Park (Shah Alam, Selangor), Penang, Ipoh (Perak), Miri (Sarawak) and Setia Eco Gardens (Johor). The campuses in Penang, Setia Eco Park and Ipoh include schools providing both an International Curriculum and a Malaysian National Curriculum. The school in Miri and Setia Eco Gardens offers an international curriculum only.
Tenby is therefore a rapidly developing educational organisation. Appointments to the specific posts listed are currently being considered but expressions of interest by suitably qualified and experienced educational leaders to work for Tenby Schools in other posts as expansion continues are welcomed.
All the Tenby International Schools follow a British style curriculum. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) forms the core provision in the primary schools. At secondary level courses lead to CIE IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.
CIE Checkpoint Tests are taken at the end of Upper Primary and Lower Secondary.
There are Sixth Form classes in Ipoh and Setia Eco Park. The Sixth Form will open in Penang, and provisionally in Miri in 2015.
The Ipoh school is at present housed in extensive but dated and adapted facilities. A new school campus, located in Meru Raya on the edge of the city is scheduled to open in September 2013. Construction of the new campus is in progress and on schedule.
The school in Setia Eco Park is located in a purpose built campus opened in 2008. Due to the popularity of the school, an expansion programme to accommodate the increasing school population, as well as the Sixth Form took place in 2012.
The Penang school moved to its current campus in Tanjung Bungah in September 2011. It now houses a full range international school and the Malaysian Curriculum Secondary school on site. In 2014, the Malaysian Curriculum Primary school will be included as well.
Tenby International School Miri opened in 2011 in the former Piasau School. The school moves into a new purpose-built campus in the Senadin area of the city in September 2013.
Tenby International School Setia Eco Gardens, which opened in January 2013 is the latest addition to the Tenby Schools group. The school is situated in the Setia Eco Gardens township part of the Iskandar Development Zone in Johor. The development of Iskandar at the southern tip of peninsular Malaysia adjacent to Singapore is a national programme, which is attracting major international as well as national investment.
The school currently provides an international curriculum for both expatriate and Malaysian students at the Primary and Secondary levels. There are no immediate plans to open a Malaysian Curriculum School. The curriculum and staffing of the school will follow the same pattern as the existing Tenby Schools, though in due time when provision is extended to pre-university level the IB diploma rather than A Levels may be provided. Unlike other Tenby Schools, The school operates on the southern hemisphere school year, beginning in January and ending in December.
A culturally rich and diverse country, Malaysia is politically stable and safe. Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) is the national language but English is very widely spoken. There are excellent communications both within the country and with other parts of Asia and Australia. For those who enjoy travelling, Malaysia is an excellent hub with relatively low-cost airfares (particularly by Air Asia) to all parts of South East Asia and beyond. Within the country, the National Parks provide the world’s oldest surviving tropical rain forests whilst the coast and off-shore islands provide excellent beaches and some spectacular diving locations.
Kuala Lumpur – A Modern Metropolis
Kuala Lumpur itself is a very modern city with international standard facilities. The city centre is some twenty minutes drive from the school in Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam. There are excellent shopping facilities varying from the many large shopping malls with international retailers such as IKEA, Marks & Spencer, H&M and Tesco, to local morning and night markets where fresh produce can be bought very cheaply. The cost of living is generally much lower than that of Europe.
Setia Eco Park is renowned for its scenic landscape, a fantastic environment for one to appreciate nature. Some 25% of the land area has been allocated for the creation of waterways, lakes, creeks, landscape themed parks, lush walkways, and forest park. The school is located in a prime location within this residential estate.
Ipoh – The City Surrounded by Hills
One of the safest cities in Malaysia, these days Ipoh is perhaps best known for its excellent and affordable food. Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia’s main cities due to the booming tin mining industry around the turn of the 19th century.
Ipoh is the most centrally-located city in Malaysia. It takes less than two hours for one to travel to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor Island, Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. The city is surrounded by some of the most impressive limestone hills in South-East Asia.
Known for its rich heritage, with a population of 650,000 people spread over some 650 square kilometres, Ipoh does not have many high rise buildings, with housing development mainly in the suburbs. The population density is therefore low and traffic jams are almost non-existent. Ipoh provides a relaxed and peaceful style of life, relatively free of pollution and the usual stress of city life. However it also provides the essentials of contemporary living with modern shopping malls, good sports facilities and restaurants.
Penang – Pearl of the Orient
Penang is an island off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang is best known for its beautiful beaches and its rich multicultural history which is full of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences.
Penang is also well-known for being the "food paradise" of Malaysia. Penang hosts the second largest expatriate community in Malaysia, attracting residents with its slower pace of life and beachside lifestyle. With a considerable number of multinational corporations and a strong international vibe, there are many expatriate societies, groups and associations that cater well to expatriates.
Tenby Schools Penang moved to its current purpose-built facilities in Tanjung Bungah in August 2011. Located about 15-minutes from the city centre, Tanjung Bungah is one of the most established residential areas in Penang.
Miri – The Gateway to Borneo
Miri is a city in northern Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second largest city in Sarawak with a population of about 300,000. This city thrives on its vibrant oil and gas industry,hence it is one of the most prosperous cities in Borneo.
The first oil well was drilled by Shell in 1910 (the Grand Old Lady), and is now a state monument and one of Miri’s tourist attractions. Since then, Miri has grown phenomenally and the industry has positively influenced the social and economic development of Sarawak. Apart from the oil and gas industry, Miri’s natural landscape is also an attraction to the steady stream of tourists visiting the city. It is located very close to the world famous Mount Mulu National Park, where the Niah Caves, which contain some of the oldest evidence of human habitation in Southeast Asia can be found.With its rich bio-diversity amidst primary rainforests, the national park offers those who are adventurous an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience, possibly unmatched anywhere else on Earth. There are excellent jungle treks and mountain hikes in the park.
Miri’s proximity to the best diving sites in Borneo like Sipadan and Layang-layang is a constant pull to international dive enthusiasts. Its coastline has a healthy patch reef system, largely undiscovered and undisturbed by commercial development and use. According to some marine scientists that have documented the area, the Miri reefs are among the healthiest in the whole of Malaysia, housing over 400 species of corals.
Shopping and getting around the city is relatively easy and Brunei is just about 35 minutes drive away. Regular flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching are available from the Miri International Airport, just 10 minutes away (by car) from the city centre.
Tenby International School Miri is located in a prime location within Miri and easily accessible. The school will be moving to a new purpose-built campus in September 2013.
Website that could be of interest:
Sarawak State Government Official Portal
Johor Bahru – The Southern Gateway to Malaysia
The capital city of Johor, Johor Bahru (or JB) is perhaps best known as a transit city between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. It is very easy to travel across the Causeway to Singapore where shopping, dining and sightseeing options are aplenty. It is also very convenient to fly in and out of JB as well as via Singapore.
JB itself is a vibrant centre of activities, and this is further enhanced with the rapid development of Iskandar Malaysia. The school is located within the Iskandar region hence one can easily access the amenities of modern living in the surrounding areas.
The latest attractions in JB are none other than the Danish-run Legoland, a family theme park, and the Johor Premium Outlet, where designer goods can be obtained with great discounts. If these are not to your liking, Desaru, a popular beach destination or Tioman Island offer great diving sites for enthusiasts. Meanwhile there are also the Endau-Rompin National Park and the Gunung Ledang Recreational Forest for those who prefer hiking and jungle trekking.