Mandy McFarlane - Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Mandy McFarlane – Meet the Teacher

As a new Nursery teacher, what is your vision for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and what would you like to achieve?

As a parent who had just had a child complete their nursery year, I know first hand how important the children’s first experience of school is. Therefore, my vision is to make it a year to remember with lots of fun and engaging activities that the children will go home talking about. I enjoy creating and embedding a desire to learn and a stimulating, safe environment in which the children feel confident to take risks and get hands on with new experiences. The messier the better!

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

I arrived at Bangkok Prep with my family last year as my husband started as the Director of Sport. I was immediately blown away by the facilities and ethos within the Early Years and knew we had made the right decision choosing this school for our family. I was lucky enough to have enjoyed some supply work within Bangkok Prep before I was appointed the role of Nursery Teacher, so I knew working as part of the Early Years team was going to be very exciting. The whole team and school have been extremely welcoming and helpful!

What was the reason you initially decided to start teaching?

To this day, I fondly remember my primary school teacher from when I was in Year 2 and the positive impact she had had on my school journey. I wanted to become that teacher who helped a child learn to read or overcome a challenge they were having in Mathematics. To create those lessons and positive memories about school that would stick with them and make them smile in later life.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

As a mum to a 5 year old and a 9 month old baby, I love to spend my time with my family. We have been enjoying exploring Thailand and Bangkok searching out stunning Waterfalls, beaches and parks. When able, we enjoy travelling overseas and spent 4 months touring Europe in our motorhome before heading to Bangkok. We look forward to adding to these adventures soon! When I’m home I enjoy curling up with a good book to relax or trying to bake. I enjoy Yoga and I’m always looking for fun ways to try and keep fit.

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

I completed my BA in Primary Education specialising in Early Childhood Studies in Roehampton University, London.  I went on to spend a few years working in London teaching in a Nursery class and Year 4 before moving to teach in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  While in Abu Dhabi, I started teaching within the Early Years, setting up a brand new school before moving into Year 1 where I was the Year group leader for a large team of six classes.   I then took a career break from teaching after having my daughter but was quickly recruited by a children’s Music and Movement class to run classes and children parties. My class will tell you I have a song for every topic!

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BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110


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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