Malacca Expatriate School is a coeducational international school that was established in 1980, that caters to the needs of the expatriate community as well as the local community that is located in and around Malaysia. MES follows the British International Curriculum for both the primary and the secondary school.
In 1980, there was a lot of foreign investment in Malacca but no appropriate school for the English speaking community. The Malacca Expatriate School was born, very humbly, on 9th June 1980 with one Head, one teacher and fewer than 10 students.
As numbers increased over the years, more teachers were employed and after almost 16 years at the Bukit Cina Primary School, MES decided to move to ‘newer’ premises at Tanjong Kling in Malacca. The school has since being growing from strength to strength and on 23 February 2011, MES was awarded membership of Cambridge Primary, an international education programme, by University of Cambridge International Examinations.
The vision of the Malacca Expatriate School or MES is to be the acknowledged leader of excellence in international education across Asia, with a mission committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities, via an environment of mutual respect, transparency and mutual engagement.
The school values and believes that educational values go hand in hand with the human qualities like compassion, honesty, kindness and a social conscience. And thus MES students grow on many levels at the same time.
The academic year at MES runs from the beginning of September until the end of July. The performance of the students is evaluated internally every year and through Cambridge Checkpoint at the end of Year 6 and 9 externally. In Year 10, students begin a 2-year course leading to IGCSE exams.
MES is a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre and follows the Cambridge curriculum at both primary and secondary level. Each student’s performance is assessed by end of term tests internally and by Cambridge Checkpoint Assessment at the end of Year 6 and the end of Year 9 as external assessment. In Year 10, students begin a two year course of study leading to International General Certificate of Secondary Examination (IGCSE) assessment at the end of Year 11.
The Malacca Expatriate School Primary School follows the framework of the Cambridge Primary education programme. The programme covers an international curriculum coupled with complete support for the teachers and regular assessments.
The Cambridge Primary Programme covers the subjects of English, English as a second language, Mathematics and Science. The curriculum includes various hands-on experiences, audio-visual resources and field trips for the students.
The secondary school follows the Cambridge IGCSE programme for the students. Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum is followed for the lower secondary school (Years 7 to 9). It aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of students in core subjects.
Cambridge Secondary 2 is followed by Upper Secondary school (Years 10 and 11). The curriculum is based on the International General Certificate of Secondary Examination (IGCSE) syllabus.
Students who obtain IGCSE qualifications are well prepared for further academic studies in Malaysia or internationally. They may progress to study AS and A Level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma leading to higher education at university. They are also equipped with the skills needed for immediate employment.