Mr.Simon Meredith, Head of Secondary-British International School, Phuket
“We currently have students who have won awards for either being the “The Top in Thailand” or “The Top in the World” at IGCSE level.”
Why you the reader should think about your child’s education and seriously consider sending them to the British International School, Phuket.
1.Can you tell us about the courses the British International School, Phuket offers?
We are currently introducing the IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP) which is designed for years 7-11. However, this is currently being implemented in years 7, 8 & 9 only. For years 10 & 11 we use the Cambridge IGCSE Program. Our exit qualification, for years 12 & 13, is the IB Diploma Program which is overseen by the International Baccalaureate Organization. This program is acceptable as a university entry qualification all around the world.
2. What is the proportion between Thai and foreign students?
At the moment, we have a ratio of approximately 46% Thai to 54% foreign students. We pride ourselves in that a large majority of the Thai students at the British International School, Phuket speak English very well as they have studied here for a long time. Most of these Thai students have parents who own resorts run businesses or are otherwise professionally employed here in Phuket but we also have students who are from other parts of Thailand.
3.Also what is the proportion of teachers to students?
At the moment we have approximately 70 teachers and 410 students. In classes we have a ratio of 1 teacher to between 10 and 15 students.
4.What are some of the British International School Phuket pupils’ achievements and how does the school support them when?
We currently have students who have won awards for either being the “The Top in Thailand” or “The Top in the World” at IGCSE. We support them through the international courses that we offer here and by ensuring that they work very hard during their time here studying. A lot of the pupils who have won awards also put in a great deal of time after school with activities or during revision periods. They also work hard in their own personal time at home, in their lunch times, after school and at weekends.
The work done at school is always under the direct supervision of teachers. As a school we provide experienced and well qualified teachers and assistants. Close to exam time we offer revision classes after school and teachers often offer their time freely during school hours for their students’ academic and pastoral benefit. We offer an extensive range of after school co-curricular activities.
5.Do you have any suggestions for parents who want to send their children here?
That’s a very good question; to do well students do require a good level of written and spoken English. If we are talking about parents whose first language is not English and their child’s first language is not English either, they do need a high level of proficiency to be able to access the IGCSE and IB curricula, so the earlier they start mastering English the better. If their English is not very good, they need to come in Primary to develop their English skills.
Students have to be hard working and must be prepared to practice in order to improve their level of written and spoken English. They also have to be internationally minded. They have to prove to the school they have studied a broad range of subjects.
We want them to get involved within the community, to get involved with after school activities and at weekends with things like football or visiting a local orphanage or doing something positive for the local community. These are the main things we need parents to take into account if they want to send their children to the British International School, Phuket.