Kent Ridge Secondary started operations at the former Yusof Ishak Secondary School, 27A Jubilee Road, on 2 Jan 2000 under the leadership of the first Principal, Ms Chamb Cherk Ing. The school shifted to its current premises at 147 West Coast Road in December 2001 and was officially opened by Mr S Iswaran, Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC, on 15 March 2003. In December 2006, Mr Koh Chong Mong, the second Principal assumed leadership of the School. The current Principal, Mrs Anba Saroja was appointed in December 2012.
Guided by the school philosophy that ‘Every Student Counts’ and the school values of Fitness, Integrity, Respect and Excellence, Kent Ridge nurtures the heart, ignites passion and strengthens the will so that every Kent Ridgean has the Heart of a Saint, Passion of an Inventor and Will of an Olympian.
The School’s strategic focus on Character and Citizenship Education, Student-centred Learning , Staff Development and Well-Being and Strategic Partnerships is well-placed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to navigate a world where change is constant.
In the last fifteen years, Kent Ridge Secondary has grown from a fledgling school to a well-established one in the West Coast area known for its emphasis on a holistic education rooted in values and a culture of care and excellence.
A strong emphasis is placed on values inculcation and Kent Ridge adopts a two-pronged approach of educating students through explicit teaching and providing experiential learning platforms, where students are given opportunities to apply their learning. A school-wide approach to Values-in-Action (VIA) is adopted and students at the different levels do their part to give back to the community, each year.
The School is also committed to nurturing leadership skills in every Kent Ridgean. Leadership development is anchored on the Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership where students are taught explicitly the relevant knowledge and skills and then given learning opportunities to lead self, peers and school in their daily life and projects.
Committed to providing a student-centric teaching and learning environment, the school has in place programmes to equip students with the 21st century competencies of communication, collaboration, creative & inventive thinking and self-directed learning. The key programmes include the S³ programme, Project Work, I-trails and NE learning journeys.
Teachers in Kent Ridge are the driving force behind the school’s success story. At Kent Ridge, teachers go the extra mile in their journey with the students, guiding and nurturing them to be young adults of good moral character and sound values and inspiring them to excel in all that they do. It is having teachers, who encourage students to go ‘Beyond Frontiers’ that continues to be the hallmark of the Kent Ridge experience.
Ms Chamb Cherk Ing: 2000 – 2006
Mr Koh Chong Mong: 2006 – 2012
Mrs Anba Saroja: 2012 - Present