King’s College International School Bangkok (King’s Bangkok), having successfully launched this academic year, has opened its campus to showcase the teaching and learning environment, one that supports happy children.
King’s Bangkok shares the same standards as King’s College School, Wimbledon (King’s Wimbledon) in all aspects including the quality of senior management, teachers, estate and facilities. The teaching quality particularly resembles that of King’s Wimbledon to support students in Thailand to achieve their places at world-class universities. King’s Bangkok now welcomes applications from students for Pre-nursery to Year 10 in the academic year 2021. It will open Year 11 – 13 in the subsequent academic years.
Professor Sakorn Suksriwong DBA, Chairman of the Executive Committee, King’s College International School Bangkok, said: King’s Bangkok is the third school in the world and the first in Southeast Asia to be established in collaboration with King’s Wimbledon, one of the most academically successful schools in the world. Up to 25% of students are accepted to Oxford or Cambridge each year to study a range of courses. In this opening year more than 300 students, who have been selected according to a rigorous admissions process, started their learning journey to become well-rounded and happy adults.
Mr. Thomas Banyard, Headmaster of King’s College International School Bangkok, enthused further: One thing that makes King’s Wimbledon outstanding and unique for students who wish to enter world-class universities is the quality of teaching by qualified teachers. Our pastoral care system also allows us to know all our students as individuals and care for their growth and different needs through their journey at King’s Bangkok. The House and vertical Tutor System at King’s Bangkok is mirrored from our parent school, with students from a range of years placed into tutor groups.
Ten highlights of King’s Bangkok, a British international school based in Thailand
The selection of teachers who are the heart of King’s Bangkok. With the reputation and prestige of King’s Wimbledon, more than 1,500 people applied for teaching positions last year. It is expected that there will be 2,000 more applications this year for a handful of open positions, so the selection process is rigorous. In the final round of the recruitment process, all teachers are interviewed by the senior leadership team at King’s Wimbledon. In addition to academic expertise, the school looks for determination, experience and a positive attitude.
Readiness to open the Senior School with a team of world-class teachers from King’s Wimbledon. In addition to the teachers from King’s Wimbledon who arrived this year, King’s Bangkok is preparing for the opening of the Senior School in September 2021 and will be focusing on the teaching and learning quality in key subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Founding Team and Board of Governors have extensive experience in educational development. The Board of Governors consists of renowned experts who will help the school achieve its goals, including Professor Emeritus Khunying Suchada Kiranandana PhD, Professor Sakorn Suksriwong DBA, as well as several governors from King’s Wimbledon, namely Penny Hughes, former King’s Wimbledon Chair of the Governing Body, and Anna Maria Clarke, King’s Wimbledon Bursar.
King’s Bangkok Headmaster with the first-class degree in Physics from University of Oxford. Headmaster Thomas Banyard or Kru Tom was previously Assistant Head at King’s Wimbledon. He has already made an impression on parents with not only his good manners, humility and respect for Thai culture but also his wisdom and diligence in performing his duties, be it school management, child well-being responsibilities or having an open dialogue with parents on a daily basis.
Academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum to achieve places at the world-class universities. This is proven by King’s Wimbledon’s success in that 25% of students are admitted to Oxford and Cambridge, as well as those admitted at other top universities around the world, each year. King’s Bangkok has mirrored the King’s Wimbledon curriculum, systems and quality audits to ensure that both schools are of the same standard. “King’s Bangkok is not just a franchise school, but a school with the heart and soul of King’s Wimbledon embedded in it.”
The Co-curricular Programme complements the academic curriculum. The Co-curricular Programme provides students with the opportunity to try activities such as sports, music and arts through a variety of Clubs and Societies on different topics. This kind of experience allows students to explore and learn what they like and help them grow into well-rounded young men and women.
Pastoral Care is about caring for students in every way. Our Pastoral Care system looks out for every child, every day. For example, by having a house system, King’s Bangkok provides the students with the opportunity to practise life-skills through living in a community, collaborating and working on activities as a team, competing in sports competitions, assuming leadership roles and living with other students as if they were in the same real house. Furthermore, this allows teachers to know their students both inside and outside the classroom.
King’s Bangkok has a state-of-the-art design that is responsible for the society and the local community. Located in the heart of Bangkok, at the intersection of three expressway routes on Ratchada-Rama 3 Road, the building stands out with its distinctive red brick. Unique in design like King’s Wimbledon, every building is connected by skywalk to give a seamless feel to the site.
Advance technology deployed in teaching and learning. King’s Bangkok ensures that iPads are provided by the school to all students from Year 1 to Year 6 to reduce any burden on parents. These devices are used to further their education and develop their use of the technology without taking time from activities outside the classroom. In addition, teachers are provided with similarly top-of-the-range Macbooks, iPads and interactive classroom screens.
King’s Bangkok’s world-class facilities allow the development of their students at all levels and in all aspects. The facilities include FIFA-standard football pitches and air-conditioned Sports Hall of the 3-basketball-court size. With an indoor running track, climbing wall, 50 metre Olympic sized indoor saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts, large library, more than 17 rehearsal rooms and music classrooms, a dance studio with sprung floor and a dedicated art studio, King’s Bangkok has the facilities to support all its students in all of their interests. In addition, for younger children in Early Years, the school provides separate learning areas that include a dedicated shaded swimming pool, splash area, both indoor and outdoor playgrounds, traffic simulation, bicycle tracks and a cookery classroom.
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