North London Collegiate School (NLCS) will open an all-through, all-girls day school in Bangkok in August 2020. This will be the fourth international campus for the leading British public school NLCS, following NLCS Jeju in South Korea, which opened in 2011, NLCS Dubai, which opened in 2017, and NLCS Singapore, which will open in September 2020.
NLCS Bangkok will be the first international NLCS offshoot to remain true to the original UK school in admitting girls only. It will also be the first all-girls international school in Thailand.
Applications to the school will open in August 2019 for girls aged five to 14 years old in August 2020; there are plans to expand the school up to 18 years in the future.
It is planned to be a British school offering the UK National Curriculum up to age 16, with pupils sitting GCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma Programme in sixth form. It promises to bring "NLCS’ ethos of rigorous scholarship, extra-curricular excellence and outstanding pastoral care to Thailand".
Gwen Byrom, founding principal, NLCS Bangkok and President of the British Girls’ Schools Association (2018), said:
“I am excited to be working with NLCS and Paragon Partners to bring NLCS’s outstanding educational model to Bangkok.
The ethos of NLCS Bangkok will combine rigorous scholarship with a happy, caring environment for girls, and promises to be unique and very special for those who experience it.”
The NLCS Bangkok campus will be located on a more than 30,000 square-metre site in the heart of Bangkok with "brand new, state-of-the-art, facilities designed specifically as an all-girls campus."
Several leading UK independent schools such as Shrewsbury, Repton, Malvern, Harrow and Brighton College have opened campuses across Asia in recent years. In Thailand, these include Brighton College Bangkok, Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST), Harrow International School Bangkok, Wellington College, and Shrewsbury International School; King's College will open a campus here in August 2020.
Read more about getting a British public school education in South East Asia here.
NLCS UK has been ranked number one in the UK for International Baccalaureate results with an average Diploma score never dipping below 40 points. In 2017, 43% of the school's IB cohort achieved over 40 points.
The South Korea school, which is only in its third year for IBDP, has an average of 38 points – on a par with the highest ranking schools in East Asia.