Raffles Institution

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Raffles Institution
Institusi Raffles
Opened 5th June 1823
Address 1 Raffles Institution Lane, Singapore 575954
Principal Mr Frederick Yeo
Vice Principal Mr S. Magendiran
Mrs Theresa Lai
Mrs Reavley Munn Ye
Mr Brian Lagman Ang
Mr Edward Ng
Abbreviation RI
Vision Hope of a Better Age.
Mission Nurturing thinkers, leaders and pioneers of character who serve by leading and lead in serving.
Motto Auspicium Melioris Aevi
(Hope of a Better Age)

Raffles Institution (RI), founded in 1823, is the oldest school and centre for pre-tertiary learning in Singapore. It is an independent school in Singapore providing secondary and pre-university education. RI consists of a boys-only Year 1-4 section and a coeducational Year 5-6 section. Its current campus is in Bishan.

Starting in 2007, the school offered the six-year Integrated Programme, which allows students to bypass the GCE O-Levels, and take the GCE A-Levels instead. Known as the Raffles Programme, it is jointly offered with its sister school, Raffles Girls' School (Secondary).

RI was among the first schools to receive the Ministry of Education's School Excellence Award, which recognises "excellence in both education processes and outcomes". It is a member of various academic partnerships and alliances, such as the G20 Schools and The Winchester Network. It also cofounded the Global Alliance of Leading-Edge Schools.

RI was awarded the Singapore Quality Award in 2011.


Raffles Institution[edit]

Principal Years Served
J. H. Moor 1837 – 1843
J. C. Smith 1843 – 1852
Rev W. B. Wright 1852 – 1857
John Barrett Bayley 1857 – 1870
Richmond William Hullett 1870 – 1906
Charles McGowan Phillips 1906 – 1921
David A. Bishop 1921 – 1931
Gwilym Coleshill Davies 1931 – 1932
David W. McLeod 1932 – 1940
M. R. Holgate 1940 – 1945
E. L. Shaw 1945 – 1948
E. H. Wilson 1948 – 1951
P. T. Howitt 1951 – 1954
John Young 1954 – 1957
Velauthar Ambiavagar 1958 – 1959
Vacant 1959 – 1963
E. W. Jesudason 1963 – 1966
Philip Liau 1966 – 1977
A. K. Sigamoney 1978 – 1985
Eugene Wijeysingha 1986 – 1994
Tan Tiek Kwee 1995 – 1998
Wong Siew Hoong 1999 – 2004
Bob Koh 2005 – 2008
RI & RJC merges
Lim Lai Cheng 2009 – 2013
Chan Poh Meng 2013 – 2017
Frederick Yeo 2017 – 2023
Aaron Loh 2023 - present

Raffles Junior College[edit]

Principal Years Served
Rudy Mosbergen 1982 – 1987
Lee Fong Seng 1988 – 2000
Winston James Hodge 2001 – 2007
Lim Lai Cheng 2008
RI & RJC merges

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore.
  • Benjamin Henry Sheares, second President of Singapore.
  • Wee Kim Wee, fourth President of Singapore.
  • Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore and former Minister Mentor.
  • Goh Chok Tong, second Prime Minister of Singapore and former Senior Minister.
  • David Marshall, first Chief Minister of Singapore.
  • Lim Yew Hock, second Chief Minister of Singapore.
  • Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade & Industry and Member of Parliament.
  • Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament.
  • Lim Hng Kiang, Special Adviser to Ministry Of Trade and Industry and Member of Parliament.
  • K. Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Minister for Home Affairs and Member of Parliament.
  • Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education and Member of Parliament.
  • Howe Yoon Chong, former Minister for Health
  • S. Jayakumar, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Law.
  • Lee Yock Suan, former Minister in multiple portfolios
  • S. Rajaratnam, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  • Balaji Sadasivan, neurosurgeon and former Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
  • Tan Cheng Bock, physician and former Member of Parliament.
  • Othman Wok, former Minister for Social Affairs.
  • Prince Azim, second-born prince of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.

Medical / Law / Defence Force[edit]

  • Walter Woon, law academic, writer and fifth Attorney-General of Singapore.
  • Albert Chua, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations
  • Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim, first Attorney-General of Singapore
  • Lim Bo Seng, World War II resistance fighter based in Malaya and Singapore.
  • Lim Chuan Poh, fourth Chief of Defence Force
  • Perry Lim, ninth Chief of Defence Force


  • Choo Seng Quee, famed national football coach in the 1970s
  • Quah Kim Song, former national footballer


  • Abdul Ghani Abdul Hamid, writer, poet and artist.
  • Alfian Sa'at, writer, poet and playwright.
  • Chandran Nair, writer, poet and artist.


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