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Bangkok Patana School Q & A

As well as being known as Thailand’s oldest British international school, the all-through Bangkok Patana School has a reputation for academic success in IGCSEs and the IBDP, as well as its sporting and artistic achievements.
At a glance
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2020/21
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Availability 2021/22
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Annual fee average
THB 658,500
Price band help
Premium
Status
Open
Opening year
1957
School year
Aug to Jun
Principal
Matthew G Mills
Main teacher nationality
British
Main student nationality
A mix of nationalities
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Welcome to the Bangkok Patana School official Q and A page. Here we ask the questions, and the school answers directly. It is its chance to have its say on specific areas you have told us you want to know about. If you think there are additional questions we should be asking you may contact us here.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

A school based on British values and the development of children including and beyond academics. Our mission is to ensure that students of different nationalities grow to their full potential as independent learners in a caring British international community.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Between 60 and 65

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

Yes: British (19%), Thai (20%), and the other top concentrations are North American and Australian.

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

1:10 dependent on the Year group.

Does your school have a waiting list?

Yes but this changes regularly depending on the time of the Year. It is best to check with admissions@patana.ac.th

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

We are an academically non-selective school following a progressive British curriculum. We have confidence in our teachers who can encourage and coach students to the best of their ability. We are academically rigorous but insist that students have a diverse portfolio of activities beyond their academic subjects.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

Our school is well known for the success of their sporting teams. We have academies for Tennis, Gymnastics, Swimming, Football and Dance and Drama. With a 50-acre campus, we have excellent facilities for our students to enjoy many sports from the time they are very young until graduation.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

Our school celebrates children who excel in and out of the classroom. Primary students take PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and Secondary students have a strong pastoral programme that explores issues surrounding healthy lifestyles.

How do you promote healthy eating?

We are proud to provide all catering inhouse and have been doing so for more than 20 years. We also have a professional nutritionist on staff who routinely reviews the meal plans and ensures our snack bars and canteen foods give students a good, healthy variety of food every day. All our food is cooked on campus so that we can monitor quality and choose the best ingredients.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?

We have a Primary canteen and a Secondary canteen, a primary snack bar, a secondary snack bar, a secondary smoothie bar and a Noodle Bar.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

Yes. Students have a choice of purchasing noodles, purchasing grilled or cold sandwiches at the snack bar or buying the buffet lunch which includes hot food.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

Our buffet lunch is 90 baht for Secondary students.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

School begins at 7.40 and ends at 2.30. Students then may attend extra-curricular activities from 2.30 to 3.30 or 4.30.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

Reports are issued termly as well as student-parent-teacher conferences are held regularly. Secondary parents can access the student dashboard to see assessment on all their child's work.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

Termly.

What is your medium of instruction?

English

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

No

Which other languages are taught?

French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Thai in our foreign language programmes but we also offer Home Languages programmes. Please contact admissions@patana.ac.th for details.I

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

Yes

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

No

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

ISA in Year 4, 5 and 6. (I)GCSE in Year 10 and 11 and IB in Year 12 and Year 13.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

Independent Learning is a core skill that is developed in children in everything they do.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

We offer Extended Learning Tutors in both Primary and Secondary Schools.

What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

More than 98 percent, a variety of locations but mainly the UK, US and Australia

Do you have a learning support team in your school?

Yes in both Primary and Secondary.

Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

Our exam results rank in the top tier of international schools, even though we are academically non-selective. Our most recent achievements can be seen here: https://www.patana.ac.th/life-at-patana/about/academic-achievements/

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

We have four full time and one part-time social and emotional counsellors divided between the Primary and Secondary schools.

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

Yes, the PTG who are very active and supportive of the school.

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

Yes

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

Yes

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

Yes

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