Andrew Morton – Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Andrew Morton – Meet the Teacher

What do you love about working at Bangkok Prep?

The school has a genuine sense of community that I think is unique to Bangkok Prep. People genuinely care for and want the best for each other – the importance of this can’t be underestimated. I work with fantastically supportive colleagues who continuously help our students, as well as the school, become more and more successful. Of course, the most important people in any school – our students – are really what makes it a special place to work. Their humour, endeavour and ongoing positivity makes everyday a bright one. 

 

What inspired you to apply for the role of Assistant Head of Secondary?

The role of Assistant Head is a new one for this year and I found the opportunity to help support the growth and development of Bangkok Prep as a genuinely exciting one. Resources, technology and buildings are all wonderful things – and we are very lucky with what we have at Bangkok Prep – but truly great schools are built on the positive relationships and learning interactions between students and staff. I am proud of how we do this at Bangkok Prep. Every day, through our staff’s commitment and creativity, our students experience fantastic learning opportunities. The role of Assistant Head allows me to support and develop this even further and, as such, an opportunity that I couldn’t pass on.

 

As Assistant Head of Secondary, what is your vision and what would you like to achieve for the 2020-2021 Academic year?

I would summarise my vision as one of ongoing development and growth for all members of our community. Our students personify this – they are constantly developing and growing. At the end of every school day they go home with new knowledge and skills that they never had that morning and it is thanks to the fantastic team of staff we have at Bangkok Prep that they can do this. I believe that these opportunities for our students will get even stronger and more meaningful by our staff having similar opportunities to continuously grow and develop. I see my role as supporting our whole community with this and helping continue to build a culture where we can all improve, not because we have to, but because we always want to be even better at what we do.

 

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?  

I never immediately wanted to go into teaching when I graduated – I worked for some NGOs and then in the financial sector post-graduation (I have a masters degree in Geography from the University of Edinburgh and a PGCE from the University of Sussex). It was through some volunteering that I realised how rewarding teaching could be and I decided to pursue it as a career. Prior to joining Bangkok Prep, all of my teaching experience was in schools in London. I am now in my 10th year of teaching and I can honestly say that there hasn’t been one day that I’ve regretted making that choice – it’s a fantastic job. 

 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  

I love trying to experience Thailand (and surrounding countries in pre-COVID days) as much as possible. The country has it all – great food, culture and landscapes. Bangkok is a great city to explore as well. I also like trying, mostly unsuccessfully, to find some coverage of Scottish football in Bangkok. 

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.

School Fees

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