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Bangkok Patana School
Bangkok
850 pupils, ages 11-16 | Mixed | Day

Secondary School

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Founded in 1957 to provide a British-style education to the children of English-speaking expats, this is the oldest and one of the best international schools in Thailand. It offers a rounded education and excellent facilities, with strong academic results.

Where?

The all-through school moved to its 50-acre, low-rise campus in the south-east corner of Bangkok in 1989 (it’s a 20-minute drive from the city centre). It is clearly split into primary (which includes separate, dedicated facilities for nursery, foundation stage and Years 1 to 6) and secondary, which helps create a tight-knit community feeling within the overall school.   

Over the past decade, the school has undertaken massive renovations, so all the facilities – including sports and arts, which are shared across all year groups – are fantastically modern (it’s no coincidence that patana means ‘development’ in Thai). Masses of green space include a superb two-acre outdoor classroom (one of the best we’ve seen) that is used by all primary pupils (for activities such as pond dipping) and older secondary students for environmental science and research projects. 

The secondary school has specialist subject blocks that each have their own themed learning zones. For instance, the relatively new, solar-powered science block is created around a very cool beehive honeycomb hexagon design, with three separate floors with purpose built labs for each science, while the English department is based on the map of the London Underground. There’s also a student lounge and library with study areas. 

The school also has a shiny new Arts Centre, with separate areas for visual arts and music and drama (there are not one but two theatres on site).  

Bangkok traffic is notorious but, as Patana is slightly out of the city centre and the day starts at 7.30am, children are usually travelling before and in the opposite direction to rush hour. The nearest train station is Bang Na BTS (the Skytrain) on the Sukhumvit line; from here, it’s a 30-minute walk or shuttle bus (Year 8s and above only; younger students aren’t encouraged to use the train). There’s a really good school-bus system with door-to-door pick-up and drop-off around Bangkok and bus monitors for younger pupils. Plenty of drop-off areas for cars, and a car park with a bridge for crossing the busy road. 

Head

Head Chris Sammons joined the school in 2023. He kicked off his teaching career in the UK (where he worked at schools in Bristol, Warwickshire and Oxford) and has been in international education for over a decade, most recently as principal of West Island School in Hong Kong. He tells us that Bangkok Patana’s not-for-profit ethos was what attracted him to this post; the school’s focus on the core values of wellbeing, learning and citizenship, and not returning profit mean that everyone here is working towards the shared aim of providing the best possible education for all.  

Hugely approachable Mr Sammons is a hit with pupils and staff, who tell us that he is a thoughtful leader and listener – and with an open-door office right in the centre of the school, he sits literally and figuratively at the heart of Bangkok Patana life. He’s joined in Bangkok by his wife Julie, and a keen rugby player in his youth, hiking, running and yoga are now his exercise of choice.

Admissions

There are year-round rolling admissions, with waitlists (Year 7 onwards is usually fully subscribed) and a 20 per cent cap on local Thai students, which keeps it a truly international school. Bangkok Patana is non-selective but all students need English proficiency – either fluent or at a level where they can achieve fluency given specialist support – and this will be tested on admission. 

Non-Thai students need to submit an online admissions form with the last two years of school reports (where relevant), a recommendation by a current teacher with a writing sample, birth certificate and passport. Assessments are only made for EAL, school readiness (for nursery/foundation stage) or learning-support needs.

Academic

When pupils join the secondary in Year 7, they carry on with the English national curriculum. This leads into IGCSEs in Years 10 and 11; on average, students take nine or 10 subjects from a choice of 30 options (including Thai language). From Year 10, pupils also undertake a Global Citizenship Programme, which prepares them well for the IBDP (Diploma Programme) or the IBCP (Careers Programme) in Years 12 and 13.

Language provision is excellent. The fantastic World Language curriculum encompasses Thai, French, Spanish, Mandarin, German and Japanese. All Thai pupils must learn their language, while international pupils must learn some Thai language and culture (this is a government mandate). Local Thai nationals teach the Thai culture programme, and there are dedicated Dutch and Mandarin teachers on campus too. 

Technology has been embraced in every classroom; from Year 6 there is a 1:1 programme with laptops. 

The majority of teachers here are British and recruited primarily through the UK. All academic staff have internationally recognised qualifications, and the school specifically looks for role models who can provide solid pastoral support and inspire students.

SEN is assessed on admission, and there is a strong learning-support team that includes a speech therapist. The school doesn’t have an in-house educational psychologist but does have a network for referrals. There are specialist ‘Gifted and Talented’ coordinators too. 

EAL is good here, although the school doesn’t admit students who have little or no English, so this is more about providing it for those who can achieve fluency with support. It is offered up to Year 9, after which pupils need to be proficient to access GCSE and IB curriculums. There is also a good first-tongue offering as the school is very committed to students keeping up their home language.

Co-curricular

Bangkok Patana is regarded as one of the sporting international schools in Thailand. It hosts the annual Feeding Frenzy, one of south-east Asia’s largest and most prestigious international school swimming meets, as well as multi-sport competitions with the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), British International Schools Athletics Conference (BISAC) and South-East Asia Students Activity Conference ( SEASAC). Sports teams are called Tigers – younger year teams are Tiger Prawns, older years are Tiger Sharks). 

The many sports facilities include pitches, a running track, and a brand new tennis centre offering eight International Tennis Federation certified courts. There is also a climbing wall, dance studios and three pools. The school runs no less than five Academies - Swimming, Football, Tennis, Gymnastics and Dance, run by full time coaches from 2:30pm - 5:00pm each day, as part of the school's co-curricular programme, and are for children who strive to really reach their potential in these areas. The school has had regional and national players from Bangkok Patana selected for multiple sports, including alumna who have received tennis scholarships to universities, national swimmers and two Olympic swimmers.

Patana also excels on the arts front, and boasts a lovely new arts centre that encompasses the Rosamund Stuetzel Theatre with its orchestra pit, 300-seat black box theatre, practice and rehearsal rooms, orchestra practice room and multimedia production studios. Drama is seen as very strong and there are also plenty of backstage opportunities for those who don’t want to be front of house. The newly built New York-style dance and drama academy has really boosted the dance programme. The BPS Dance Company takes part in dance competitions, festivals and other public performances. Music is also strong and there is an individual instrumental music programme with 25 different instruments (including Thai ones); currently about 600 students are enrolled. 

This is a school that focuses on holistic education, not just academics. The academic school day finishes at 2.30pm, followed by a two-hour ECA programme with 500 options to choose from each week. Activities are based around the three values that the school works to: wellbeing, learning and global citizenship. Students are encouraged to pick one activity from each category to make up a balanced programme. International DofE and Model UN are both on offer, the school was the first  in South East Asia to host a TEDXYouth event and there are residential one-week camps in Thailand held annually for each year group.

School community

This is a very caring school where mental health issues are taken very seriously and student awareness of them is well promoted (all students are encouraged to address their mental health, not just those ‘in need’). In secondary school there is The Hub – a drop-in or book-a-slot centre with chill-out zones. 

There are 63 nationalities in this very international community; Brits usually make up around a quarter of pupils, followed by those from US and Australian families. We love the sound of Tiger Spirit Day, which celebrates the school mascot and sports teams – the whole campus is decorated in orange and black and pupils are encouraged to dress in tiger colours (it’s run as a fundraiser by getting them to do chores at home for donations). Leadership opportunities include the student council and the environmental committee. New pupils are partnered with a buddy to make the transition into the school easier.

The parent community is really welcoming, with lots of newcomer coffee mornings. The very active PTG (Parent Teacher Group) hosts a wide array of events like the annual Fun Day fête and International Day, which celebrates the diversity within the school – everyone wears national dress and samples different international cuisines. 

The school has two canteens, one in primary and the other in secondary. All food is halal and cooked in house. The secondary canteen has delicious smoothie and noodle bars. The latter opens at 10.30am, so you often get parents staying for a bowl of noodles after a parents’ morning. 

And finally....

It’s rare to find an international school where the focus is solely on providing a superlative education, rather than generating profit – and it’s this quirk that makes Bangkok Patana so unique. This is a school with excellence and integrity at its core – and thanks to the top-notch teachers, fantastic facilities and seamless all-through experience, it’s no surprise that places are in high demand.

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  • Admissions

    Bangkok Patana School are accepting applications for 2024/25. Early application is recommended to avoid disappointment.
  • Academic results

  • University Destinations



    Last year's graduating class received 532 offers from 170 selective universities and colleges in 16 countries. These include 119 offers made by institutions listed in the top 50 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as well as offers from top US Liberal Arts colleges.
  • Sports

    Athletics
    Badminton
    Basketball
    Cross country
    Dance
    Gymnastics
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Volleyball
    Tee Ball
  • Fees

    Day fees per annum
    From 749,900.00 Baht to 905,300.00 Baht







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  • Transport Links

    Nearest underground station: Bearing Underground Station
    Nearest mainline train station: Soi Wat Lan Boon Train Station
    Nearest international airport: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • School Updates

    • WATCH: Hello Mr Chris Sammons!

      We are pleased to welcome Chris Sammons as our new Head of School from August 2023. Chris has a professional interest in intercultural education, which is complemented by a combination of strong experience and academic qualifications. He is currently the Principal at West Island School in Hong Kong, where he has been since 2016. Before that, he worked at St. Katherine’s School in Bristol, in Warwickshire and in Oxford.
    • Welcome Chris Sammons as new Head of School

    • Tasty Thai Food with Mark Wiens

      In their learning unit focused on Amazing Thailand, Year 1 students were treated to an exciting experience – a cooking class delivered by Mark Wiens!
    • Year 3 Inventors

      Year 3 students are jumping into their new theme of learning: How have inventions changed the world?
    • Ecology and Exploration in Year 9

      Year 9 students are making great use of the green areas on campus to dive into their exploration-themed ecology lessons.
    • Chulalongkorn University Visitors

      Visitors from Chulalongkorn University came to Bangkok Patana School to discuss differences in global curricula and our strategies for developing students to reach their individual potential.
    • IB Visual Arts and D+T Exhibition

      The IB Visual Arts and D+T Exhibition opening evening provided our Senior Studies students with the opportunity to showcase the projects they have been working on throughout their time in the (I)GCSE and IB Programmes.
    • Bangkok Patana Hosts ASE Conference

      The Association for Science Education (ASE) Conference was hosted at Bangkok Patana School after a three-year postponement due to the pandemic.
    • WATCH: 10 Questions with Matthew Mills, Head of Bangkok Patana

      Hear Frank and Noor put some important questions to Matthew Mills!

Essentials

Address
643 La Salle Road, Bangna Tai, Bangna, Bangkok 10260

Contact
reception@patana.ac.th
(+66) 2 785 2200

Website
patana.ac.th

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