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Metta School

Metta School (慈光学校) was established in 2001 by Metta Welfare Association with the support of Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Council of Social Service (NCSS). The school began its operations at a holding site at Chai Chee Lane. In 2005, Metta School moved to its current building in Simei. In 2008, it obtained the Approved Training Centre (ATC) status to start the ITE Skills Certification (ISC) 1-module course; and in 2013, the school started the ISC 4-module course as approved by ITE. The new extension block became operational within the same year. In 2014, Metta School was one of five pilot schools for the S2W Prototype.

Metta School offers special education to students with Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) and to children who have Autism (ASD), aged between 7 to 21 years. Our students face functioning challenges and limitations in areas of daily life, such as communication, self-care, social skills, safety as well as the skills needed to live and work in the community.

Vision, Mission and Values


The Metta student leads an independent and meaningful life.


  • Self-managing in daily living
  • Gainfully employed


  • Balanced in work and leisure
  • Emotionally happy with positive self-worth
  • Engaged with social connections#

#Social connections involve relationships with family, friends, colleagues, teachers, etc.


To empower students to reach their fullest potential by providing a quality and holistic education.

  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Responsibility
  • Openness
  • Compassion
  • Knowledge


The school has six main programmes to cater to students (MID and/or Autism) from 7 to 21 years. They are: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Basic (B), Career (C), Vocational (V), Employment Pathway Programme (EPP), and Maitri Programme (M).

Metta School students are supported by a team of committed Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) comprising of Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Dedicated Job Coaches conduct supervision, job support and placement services at the work place to provide on-the-job training for students during their attachment.

Metta School is committed to character development and providing opportunities for active participation in order to imbue students with desired school values. CCE periods involve the teaching and discussion of values. There are other platforms for CCE including Performing and Visual Arts, camps, CCA, Social and Work Exposure outings, overseas trips, Values-in-Action (VIA) activities, and day-to-day teachable moments to inculcate sound moral and work values in our students.

PVA Programme was started in 2003 to allow students to experience and develop interest and enjoyment in their own creativity and that of others. Students are given the opportunity to experience their preferred PVA every Wednesday and Friday.

Batik Painting, Photography and Speech & Drama PVA are on the Artist-in-School Scheme (AISS) from the National Arts Council. This scheme supports the collaboration between Metta School and local artists/arts educators in developing arts education programmes customised for their students.

The groups are as follows:

Performing Arts

  • Angklung
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Circus Art
  • Dance
  • Percussion
  • Music & Movement
  • Ukulele
  • Wushu
  • Speech & Drama

Visual Arts

  • Art & Craft
  • Batik Painting
  • Chinese Calligraphy & Painting
  • Digital Art
  • Mosaic Art
  • Paper Art
  • Photography
  • Pottery

In support of the vision, “Metta student leads an independent and meaningful life”, CCA is offered to all students to imbue knowledge, equip skills, and develop character. In addition, values such as perseverance, discipline, and determination are nurtured by teachers and instructors.

The school offers the following CCAs:

  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Lion Dance
  • Scouts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Civil Defence

Since the school’s inception in 2001, it has grown from strength to strength, to provide quality education for our students. This is made possible with our team of dedicated staff, visionary School Management Committee, committed parents and supportive partners.

Maitri School – A New SPED School

Metta Welfare Association will be working with the Ministry of Education to operate a new school, serving students with moderate-to-severe SEN (Special Educational Needs) who have both ASD and Intellectual Disability (ASD-ID). The new SPED school will provide about 25 places per cohort. At a steady state, this will translate to 300 additional school places for students with ASD-ID aged 7 to 18 years old. The new campus, to be located in the East. In the interim, from 2021, students will have their lessons at the current Metta School campus in Simei.

Aligned with MWA’s mission of meeting the needs of the community, we look forward to serving a greater number of children and youths with ASD-ID. The new school’s curriculum and pedagogy will cater specifically for students with ASD-ID. The curriculum will focus on developing students’ social interaction and communication skills, behavioural and emotional development, as well as cognitive and adaptive daily living skills.

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Key Facts & Figures
Commenced in January 2001
527 students.

– as at Financial Year 2021/22

Where we are located

30 Simei Street 1 Singapore (529949)
Service Hours: Mon to Fri – 8.30am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 6788 5800 | Fax: 6788 5507