There’ll be a new international school Bangkok opening in 2020, as King’s College International School will be opening on Ratchada-Rama III, with their admissions campaign set to begin in June of 2019, plus plans to invest heavily in education in the Thai capital.
According to the Chairman SakornSuksriwong, of the school’s founding team, they’ll be investing Bt500 million over the next five years. This money, he explains in an interview with a local media outlet, will go towards improving facilities as well as human resources.
This new international school Bangkok will be a branch of Wimbledon’s King’s College School. Notably, the school opened two new branches in China, making the one opening in the Thai capital the third overseas branch. According to Sakorn, the school has already invested around a billion baht in construction, human resources and teaching equipment, noting that the construction work is nearly finished, and the facilities should be operational around the early months of 2020.
Sakorn adds that they’ve taken a 3-decade lease on an a plot of land measuring about 23 raid, from the ICC International PLC, plus an informal agreement from the involved parties for extending the lease by an additional 3 decades, as adherence to Thai law, which only allows for leases on land to last up to 30 years, at a time.
Founding Head Thomas Banyard, King’s College International School Bangkok, says that students hailing from King’s College Wimbledon are known for excelling in academics, sports and extracurricular activities, and they plan on bringing that same level of performance to the Bangkok branch. As part of that, he says, that the Bangkok branch’s teachers will be chosen by the Wimbledon branch in order to ensure that they meet school standards.
During the first year of operations, the Bangkok branch will be offering pre-nursery to year five education, for students aged from 2-10 years, with Sakorn expecting an enrolee count of about 200. In the second year, Sakorn notes, they’ll be expanding offerings to cover years six to eight, with plans to expand to year 13 within the following seven-year period. Sakorn says that the school aims to have 1,500 students by the time all of the grades are opened.