Andrew Jackson – Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Andrew Jackson – Meet the Teacher

How have your first few weeks at Bangkok Prep been?

It has been a whirlwind start, having arrived late for the start of term due to a two week quarantine, but I am loving it so far! Everyone has been really welcoming and I am starting to get to know students’ names and an understanding of the school systems. After months of planning to move to a new school and country, and all the anticipation that surrounds that, it is great to finally get teaching and coaching again.

Why did you choose Bangkok Prep?

Having been to Thailand on my honeymoon in 2011, during which my wife (Amy) and I talked about coming back to the country to work one day, something we can now tick off our bucket list! When the Head of PE job at Bangkok Prep came up last November I researched the school and I liked what I saw. It is clear the school really values the individual student and has some fantastic new facilities that create a great learning environment. Already I can see working with the PE and Sports departments is going to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

What physical skills and skill combinations are being taught, and how can parents reinforce them at home?

I am working on the core Physical Education curriculum which features the teaching of games for understanding (TGFU), with the main focus being on game play and awareness, using fun conditioned games to both motivate and enthuse the students. We will use a number of team Invasion Games to embed core skills, tactics and decision making that are vital to further development. The vital skills of swimming and personal survival will also be taught, so we can confidently say all students leaving Bangkok Prep are ‘water safe’. 

Parents can aid their child’s development by encouraging them to watch as much sport as possible to see how elite level sport is played and to also buy them a ball (of various sizes and options) so their son or daughter can familiarise themselves with the movement patterns and ‘feel’ of kicking, receiving and/or throwing it well!

Do you plan to work with classroom teachers to weave classroom content into PE lessons? If so, how are you doing that?

The relationship between Physical Education, Sport and Sports Science is of huge importance in the holistic development of students’ knowledge and physical capacities. I will be working hard with Michael McFarlane, Director of Sport to ensure there is joined up thinking with curriculum lessons and sport sessions/ECAs to ensure the student recreation journey and sports performance pathway is optimised. During core PE lessons, the PE department will use technical and anatomical language that links with the academic content in I/GCSE, A Level and BTEC qualifications. It is crucial that during KS3 (Year 7 – 9), students experience the fundamentals of training, physiology and sports psychology. These are important topics in the academic PE qualifications, so they can know if Physical Education is a good choice for them in the future, which would open the door to a job in the lucrative world of elite sport.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I really enjoy staying active in my free time, whether it is running, going to the gym or playing social football or rugby. As you would expect I also love watching any sport, whilst also exploring the sports science behind elite sports performance. I am a big foodie, and will love exploring Thailand’s food culture, having mostly experienced Mediterranean cuisine previously! In my quieter moments I like reading and also playing chess.

I have two daughter’s, Pippa and Millie, who have just started at Bangkok Prep Primary. Exploring South East Asia (once travel restrictions are lifted – hopefully) with them and my wife is something I am really looking forward to.

Our Campus

BANGKOK PREP ADDRESS

77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110

02-700-5858

Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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