A British international program. A multicultural campus community. Excellent support for students with special needs. These are values that Jacqui Robinson-Loynes sought in an international school when she came to live in Thailand.
It was then that she heard about Ascot International School, a continuing International Baccalaureate (IB) global school where students gain an education for the future. “We researched international schools in our favorite area and chose Ascot, having already had our children at several other schools in their early years. Ascot ticked all of our boxes,” says Robinson-Loynes.
For Ray Pearce, it was the multicultural setting of Ascot and the IB curriculum that attracted him. “I wanted to be at a school that embraced and celebrated multiculturalism and had a truly international feel,” says Pearce, who teaches English language and literature at IB diploma level.
“The IB Diploma is also much more modern than A-levels and offers a greater degree of critical thinking. It’s a 21st century qualification that really gives students life skills rather than just a grade.
Located in the Sapansung district of Bangkok, Ascot offers a full range of IB programs: Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma. These provide a framework that goes beyond traditional learning methods – it molds students into future global citizens who can make the world a better place.
The learner profile further distinguishes the IB from other programmes. At the heart of all IB programmes, it molds students around 10 values (researchers, open-minded, caring, competent, thinkers, risk-takers, communicators, balanced, principled and reflective) to that they become internationally minded individuals with respect for themselves, others and the world around them.
Inclusive learning practices such as students setting personal learning goals, incorporating design thinking processes, and participating in discussions allow teachers and students to develop close and cooperative relationships. While placing the learner at the center of what they do, teachers at Ascot guide students through a challenging curriculum that enables them to become adaptable lifelong learners. It’s a journey that students savor every step of the way.
Ascot Primary School is a rich learning environment for children aged 2-12. They learn through hands-on, experiential opportunities with a strong emphasis on learning through play and exploration. In secondary school, students work to pass the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in year 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in year 13.
If there was one word to describe the teacher-student relationship at Ascot, it’s family. With small class sizes, these young learners can fully benefit from a scalable program that adapts to their unique and differentiated needs.
“Much of what is on offer at Ascot is on an impromptu human level. Because it’s a small school, students and teachers can offer the most valuable asset: time,” says Pearce. “Ascot is a busy school, but people always seem to be able to make time for each other. It’s the right balance between providing opportunities and allowing students to develop at their own pace.
As the parent of an autistic child, Robinson-Loynes needed it. “Our second was on the autism spectrum and was undergoing intensive ABA therapy, which required the school to accept a ghost counselor during the acclimatization phase,” she shares. “Ascot have given their full support and contributed significantly to the recovery programme.”
Since then her child has continued to excel academically and has represented the school in Maths, English, Science and Music competitions – a true testament to Ascot’s holistic approach to learning. learning.
That’s not all. Teachers at Ascot came from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. While the language of instruction in the classroom is English, some specialty departments have teachers who are fluent in Thai and Mandarin.
Take Pearce, for example. His professional background led him to teach in countries such as Japan and South Korea before joining the British Council in Bangkok as a communications coordinator, then in several international schools in the Thai capital.
Thanks to their expertise and experience, parents feel like they are part of the family, the type to go above and beyond for their child. “The teachers we’ve interacted with over the years have been approachable, empathetic, helpful, supportive, inclusive and values-driven,” says Robinson-Loynes.
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