Laurie Colyer-Charusorn – Meet our Staff - Bangkok Prep

Laurie Colyer-Charusorn – Meet our Staff

As Admissions and Marketing Manager, what exciting things do you have planned for this year?

When I first joined Bangkok Prep, I was quickly impressed by the achievements of Admissions and Marketing! A quick look at the amazing growth of the school and all the beautiful publications reaffirmed that I was stepping into a talented team.

Robert Hooke once said, “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Any progress we make is a testament to the people who have been working in the past.

With this impressive growth seen across both campuses, despite the pesky interference of COVID-19, there is a need to re-look at some of the processes and work flows that are no longer sustainable as we grow into a larger medium-sized school. I will be looking at ways to modernise, digitise, and streamline workflows to avoid double-working, enhance efficiency, and increase the work-life balance for my teams.

Most importantly, I will be looking at ways to improve the experience for all our prospective families learning about our school and undergoing the application process. I also want to find creative ways to reach out to the often transient expat communities, who need to find the right school for their children, whether it’s for 2 years or 15 years.

What qualities will you bring to the Admissions and Marketing department and to your teams?

The qualities that are most important to me are honesty, transparency, and the determination to put students at the heart of all decisions that we make. I also believe that my team members need to be valued, appreciated, and believe in what they are doing.

What were your first impressions when you initially arrived at and started working at Bangkok Prep?

During my first interview, I was most impressed by the vision of the school and the values expressed by the interview panel. The reason we all get out of bed every morning is to be part of something that makes the lives of students’ better – directly or indirectly.

It is easy to forget about the people behind the scenes… but, the role of Marketing and Admissions is to spread the news about this great school in Bangkok, and to help make the induction process as smooth as possible for new families joining us. Choosing a school, whether it’s for the first time in Early Years, or transitioning from another school, can be a daunting task for parents. Our job is to make that process easy, seamless, and for parents to feel confident that they’ve made the right decision.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Lately, my life outside work is largely centred around activities for toddlers as I have a 2 ½ year old beautiful little girl who currently believes that she is (and may actually be) the head of our household. Saturday mornings are reserved for baby ballet, playgroups, and birthday parties at kid-friendly venues. I love, love to read, and look forward to my monthly book club. (Yes, I’m a self-proclaimed nerd and proud of it!) I also enjoy traveling, cooking (mostly baking), and a little bit of retail therapy from time to time.

Please can you give me a summary of your qualifications and previous work experience?

My career path to Bangkok Prep is a little bit unusual. I graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree (aka physiotherapy in the UK) in the United States where I worked as a physical therapist for 2 years in elder care before moving to Thailand in 2008 with my Thai husband. Being that in order to become a physical therapist in Thailand meant passing their national board exams about physical therapy in Thai language, I took a career shift. I landed a job at Bumrungrad International Hospital where I worked in various roles for 9 ½ years including business process improvement, business development, and expat marketing.

My experience in expat marketing led me to my next role of International Admissions Manager at another international school in Bangkok where I was part of the admissions team and led their social media marketing for 2 years.

I think the biggest thing that I have learned throughout my professional life in Bangkok is that there is nothing lost and skills can transfer across industries. The skills that have helped me most are adaptability, resilience, and a willingness to learn new things. I believe that the values of those working in healthcare are not far off from those working in education- we are all in the business of improving lives and making the world a better place.

 

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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