The International School of Penang (Uplands)
Jalan Kelawei, Penang, 10250, Malaysia
Tel: (+60) 4 227 1764
Fax: (+60) 4 227 8972
International, UK, IB curricula.
600 students, 3-18 yrs
The International School of Penang (Uplands) was founded in 1955 as
a preparatory boarding school for the children of planters in Malaya
(now Malaysia). In 1976 the school moved to its present site and as
an all-age international school. It is a non-profit making educational
The schooling incorporates the normal UK curriculum and offers
a wide range of subjects for the Cambridge IGCSE. German, French,
Japanese, Mandarin and Malay are offered as second languages and
there is a strong ESL programme for pupils for whom English is not
their first language. The maximum class size is 25. All staff are
experienced and qualified with university degrees and/or teaching
certificates. Over one-half are expatriate teachers - mostly with
previous international experience. A Special Educational Needs Department
caters for children with mild learning disabilities. Uplands has
recently been jointly accredited by the European Council of International
Schools and NEASC. The school is authorised to offer courses leading
to the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
At present there are students of 37 nationalities at The International
School of Penang (Uplands). There are three terms in the school
year which begins in late August. There is a varied extra-curricular
The The International School of Penang (Uplands) occupies a four-hectare
site next to the sea, three kilometers from Georgetown. Currently
housed in a heritage building, facilities include 36 classrooms,
four laboratories, two drama rooms, two music rooms, an indoor badminton
court, hall, all-weather tennis and basketball court, a 25-metre
outdoor swimming pool, fitness room and a games field. Student boarding
accommodation is available on site for children of eight years plus.
There is a separate Sixth Form Centre with boarding facilities.
Admission to The International School of Penang (Uplands) is dependent
on interview and previous school reports. There is a test of English
for non-native speakers. Entry to the Sixth Form requires evidence
that the candidate has the necessary academic ability.