Organisation of the School
Harrow International School Bangkok is organised into two sections: Lower School, which comprises the Early Years Centre (from Little Lions to K2) and the Pre Prep (Infants and Juniors – Y1 to Y5) and the Upper School which incorporates the Preparatory School (Y6 to Y8), the Senior School (Y9 to Y11) and the Sixth Form (Y12 & Y13). Together they share our 35 acre Don Muang campus.
The age range of children attending the School is from 18 months in the Little Lions Parent and Toddler Group to 18 years in Year 13, when students graduate from the School. Each section of the School has its own Head of School, who is supported by middle management teams, class teachers/tutors and specialist staff. He or she is responsible to the Head Master while retaining considerable autonomy.
To ensure consistency and a gradual transition from the homeroom based approach of the Lower School to the subject specialisation of The Seniors, the Preparatory (Prep) School has been established, in a dedicated area on the campus.
The curriculum, physical organization and facilities are appropriate to the needs of the pupils and allow for progression between each stage. The extensive facilities include Science and IT laboratories, Art, Music and Drama studios, a large sports hall, a 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness centre, six top quality flood lit tennis courts, extensive grass playing fields and an air-conditioned canteen.
At Harrow Bangkok, students are challenged to achieve the highest academic standards appropriate to their potential. The curriculum is broad and balanced and ensures that children have the skills and knowledge to develop as young learners seeking identity, belonging and purpose.
In the Early Years Centre the curriculum is based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage which enables children to learn through a variety of activities; it is ‘child-centred’ and very successful in establishing, as its name suggests, excellent foundations for learning and socialisation.
In our Pre Prep and Prep Schools, (Years 1 to 8) the curriculum at Harrow Bangkok is based on the National Curriculum of England with a strong emphasis on the development of the core skills of;
English (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing)
as well as acquisition of core knowledge. Our programmes of study are innovative and are designed to reflect the fact that the School has 34 different nationalities represented in its student body and is based in Bangkok and Thailand.
The children experience a range of subjects taught by the class teacher or by specialist teachers according to age group and subject. Subjects include English, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Thai Studies and Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE). Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), including French, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin, are introduced in the Infant Phase.
Students in Years 10 and 11 study International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) courses, with the final examinations being taken after two years. Many top Independent Schools in the UK study IGCSEs as they are seen as rigorous and an excellent preparation for A Level and university life. At Harrow Bangkok all students must study English and Mathematics as compulsory subjects, as well as a Modern Foreign Language and options from the Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. Students are expected to study at least eight examination IGCSE subjects. Some IGCSE courses commence in Y9 for more able students.
At age 16 students move into the Sixth Form and begin a two year course studying A Levels; up to 5 subjects are studied in Year 12 and are examined at ‘AS’ level at the end of the year. In Year 13 most students opt to continue to study three of these subjects, which are examined at ‘A2’ level at the end of the year. The final A Level grade reflects performance at both AS and A2 level, although the top grades require a very high level of performance in A2. Universities around the world use A Level performance as the basis for offers for places.
A Levels are rigorous and challenging, so our students are encouraged to pursue subjects they enjoy and to study them in their own right and not merely as a means of gaining entry to university.