22 British Day & Boarding Schools Abroad

From Dulwich College and Brighton College to Harrow and Shrewsbury, leading British public schools have growing families of international campuses in countries including the UAE, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand.
22 British Day & Boarding Schools Abroad
By Carli Allan
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Brighton College is one of several UK independent schools to set up in Thailand

Brighton College (Bangkok)

Brighton College Bangkok brings a very British education to Thailand. As the sister school of Brighton College UK, which is one of the UK’s top independent schools, we would expect nothing less. This school for students aged two to 18 years replicates the authentic Brighton College experience, from the academic rigour of its curriculum through to the traditional house system.

It's a selective school that channels children for achievement and excellence from a very young age. There are Common Entrance exams in Year 8, specialist teaching from Year 5, a strong house system, and lessons in Thai and Mandarin Chinese from early years (Bangkok). As we’ve seen in the UK, Singapore and the UAE, the Brighton College brand isn’t just about academic excellence – a house system, a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, and a strong emphasis on wellbeing are all part of its DNA.

Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST)

This Thai export of the prestigious UK public school offers students aged six to 18 years a typically British education on a large green campus with an impressive arts centre. The curriculum features IGCSES, A Levels and BTEC diplomas. BIST is the only international export of the UK’s Bromsgrove School, which delivers a a broad education that is built on growing investment in sport and the arts. 

From the uniform (minus the boater) through to the active house system (including weekly House Shirt Friday), BIST draws on many traditions that have made Bromsgrove such a highly respected public school. It has also carved out its own identity with several pioneering and innovative programmes, such as its approach to personalised learning, known as the Mona Lisa Effect.

Harrow International School Bangkok

There’s more to Harrow International School Bangkok than the famous public school name. Here’s a school that was ‘built’ on the foundations of the original 450-year-old British all-boys’ boarding school.

While it has all the hallmarks of the Harrow brand, from strong academic results to a reputation for excellent extra-curricular activities, it has also developed a strong identity of its own. In its bid to match the quality of the original British school in academic and other areas, Harrow Bangkok combines its offering of IGCSEs and A Levels with an inspirational Leadership in Action programme and four sporting academies.

Rugby School Thailand

The British curriculum day and boarding school model has proven to be hugely popular in Thailand – and Rugby School Thailand is no exception. This is the first international export of the UK-based Rugby School school, which has a reputation for its well-rounded education and academic success.

The school is designed to offer a very British prep school experience. Students benefit from having specialist subject teachers from an early age, and joining small class sizes of 1:18. Rugby School Thailand is the first in Thailand to offer an extended day that runs from 8.15am (8.30am in Reception through to Year 2) until 5pm (3.15pm in Reception through to Year 2). To some parents, a nearly nine-hour school day is just too much. However, others may appreciate the extra time devoted to study, competitive sport, music, art and drama, and extra-curricular activities.

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok

This British institution opened its school gates in 2003 and brought with it all the traditions and values of the highly reputed British Shrewsbury School – from high academic standards through to pastoral care. Here’s a school that brings all the rigour of a Shrewsbury education from the banks of the River Severn in the UK to the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the very heart of Bangkok.

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (City) and  (Riverside) is not simply a carbon copy of the British public school, though. Whereas Shrewsbury UK is a day and boarding school for students aged 13 to 18, its Thailand version is an all-through day school for children aged 3 to 18 years.P opular with expat and Thai families alike, the school broadens its appeal beyond the academic with an Excellence Programme in sport, and an impressive music department.

Wellington College International Bangkok (WCIB)

This all-through, co-ed school is an export of the elite British boarding school, Wellington College in the UK. Wellington College International Bangkok is part of the growing international Wellington family, which also includes schools across China in Shanghai, Tianjin, and an upcoming campus in Hangzhou.

As well as fully embracing the educational ethos and traditional values of the 150-year-old Wellington brand, WCIB builds on its international links to become a ‘global campus’. 

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Brighton College Bangkok
Bromsgrove International School Thailand (BIST)
Harrow International School Bangkok
Rugby School Thailand 
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (City) and  (Riverside)
Wellington College International Bangkok

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