Sophie Dand – Meet the Teacher - Bangkok Prep

Sophie Dand – Meet the Teacher

Before starting at Bangkok Prep, Sophie worked at two independent schools in West London teaching Geography, History, the EPQ and was also responsible for coaching sports teams.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Geography (Royal Holloway London, UK)

PGCE (University College London, UK)

Please can you describe your responsibilities as Head of EPQ and Geography teacher?

As Head of EPQ I run, plan and deliver the taught element part of the EPQ course. I am in charge of delivering training to other teachers, who act as supervisors, as well as approving all the project proposals for the 80 x Year 12 students who are currently embarking on their EPQ journey. I have to ensure we run a program that gives students the skills they need to write a fully researched and referenced 5000 word report in just a few months, a challenging task! I also do all the administration regarding the running of this qualification and its future role in the Sixth Form curriculum.

As a Geography teacher I plan and deliver lessons to students from all Secondary age groups from Y7 to A-Level. I have the pleasure of teaching ten different classes so have already got to know lots of students!

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I enjoy the varied nature of the job the most – you just never know what a day is going to bring. Teaching a subject like Geography is so diverse and it changes all the time, for example with geographers always getting a little excited when they hear of a volcano erupting or an earthquake! Likewise with the EPQ the range of topics the students choose is fascinating and they never fail to amaze me with the creative and detailed research and reports they manage to submit.

Why did you decide to become a Geography teacher?

I actually found Geography super easy at school, I did it as an additional GCSE in my spare time! During my final year at university I was looking at graduate schemes and jobs in the city of London and found the idea of doing a job which didn’t directly involve Geography every day so boring. I thought what job allows me to research, discuss and share geographical ideas every single day? This is it!

How do you make teaching Geography fun?

I think the best way to make Geography fun is to make it relatable. Bringing examples and case studies into the classroom by using a range of media were always the most interesting and enjoyable and memorable lessons for me as a child! I have run multiple trips all around the world from Iceland and Malaysia to San Francisco and Las Vegas. The beauty of Geography is that you can find it anywhere in the world so the trip possibilities are endless!

What do you enjoy outside of teaching/work?

Outside of work, I love to travel. In the last 18 months I have climbed the tallest sand dunes in the world, traversed the most dangerous stretch of impassable jungle and interviewed locals at the world’s largest laundry, feats that stretched 4 continents. I am a keen football fan and although my playing days seem to be over I am hoping to see the mighty Fulham FC return to the premier league this season!

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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