Tanjong Katong Girls' School (TKGS) was established on 12 January 1953 with 7 classes totalling 250 students and 10 teaching staff. We were the second Government school and the first post-war English Girls' school built in colonial Singapore.
TKGS is an autonomous government school since 1995 offering both the Special and Express streams. We offer Higher Malay, Higher Chinese and Higher Tamil Languages on our school premises.
TKGS has a strong reputation for providing holistic education and achieving academic, performing arts and sports excellence. Over the years, the school was awarded Sustained Achievement Award in the following areas: Aesthetics (2002-2010) and Sports (2003-2011). TKGS has a strong character development programmes (LEGACY), with an emphasis on inculcating sound moral values, leadership and other life-skills in TKGians. The school received the Outstanding Development Award for Character Development and Development Award for National Education in 2010; Cherish Award (Silver) in 2010 and Green Audit Award (Lotus) for the second time in 2011.
In the area of academic excellence, TKGS obtained the Sustained Achievement Award (Academic Value Added) in 2011. Over the years, the school has performed consistently well in the 'O' levels with 59.2% of our students scoring 5 or more distinctions and over 97.4% of students scoring and L1R5 of 20 points or less. In line with MOE's call for a more diversified curriculum, the school introduced 'O' Level Chinese Literature in 2001, Chinese and Malay Special Programme in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and Economics and Drama as 'O' level subjects in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, TKGS was appointed by MOE to be the Centre of Excellence for English (East Zone) and was placed in the MOE LeadICT@Schools scheme. These are affirmations of our continuing quest for academic excellence.
TKGS has built up a strong tradition in Music, the Performing Arts and Sports. We have hosted the Music Elective Programme (MEP) since its inception in 1983. Since 2001, the School has a MOE/HQ-approved music CCA niche in the Symphonic Band, the Choir and the String Ensemble. In 2004, we started a sports niche in Tennis, Badminton, Sailing, Netball and Bowling. Since 2005, we have admitted musically and sports talented students through the Direct-School Admission exercise. In 2011, TKGS was awarded Blaze, the pinnacle award for the National Arts Education Award.
As an affirmation of the School's excellence in offering holistic education, its rich learning environment and achievements in many aspects of education, TKGS is also a centre for MOE ASEAN and school-based regional scholars. In 2005, TKGS obtained the Singapore Quality Class; in 2011 the People Developer Standard certification.