Stephen Hurworth – Meet our Teachers - Bangkok Prep

Stephen Hurworth – Meet our Teachers

Welcome to back to the first of our Meet our Teachers series for this academic year. This week we meet Stephen Hurworth, our new Deputy Head of Secondary, to find out a bit more about him:

“I am currently in my 12th year of international education. Before spending seven years teaching in Beijing, I was Head of PE and Key Stage 3 in another international school in Bangkok. I met my wife here and we couldn’t be happier to be returning to a place we call home.

I have held a variety of leadership roles in Beijing, including Head of Department, Head of Year and in the last four years, I was an Assistant Head in both an academic and pastoral capacity.

My educational philosophy is built on positive, professional relationships that enhance the teaching and learning process. I can’t wait to lead this thriving community and positively contribute to its continual growth”.

What made you want to embark upon a teaching career? Was there a particular moment or experience?

I used to play to quite a high level of cricket as a youth and had dreams and aspirations to be the next Andrew Flintoff. After 6th form at School, I took a gap year to play cricket in Sydney, Australia. I played for Randwick Petersham who play in the Sydney Grade competition. I was also the cricket development officer, responsible for delivering coaching sessions in the local area and often coached at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It quickly became apparent that I wouldn’t make it as a professional and my love for teaching and coaching really blossomed. Knowing that I could make an impact on someone’s skill level, character and mindset through building positive and professional relationships, really inspired me to want to become a teacher.

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

My first international post was in Bangkok in 2011 and I first came across Bangkok Prep in the local TISAC sports competitions, so I knew back then it was a great school and strong community. I also met my wife here in Bangkok so we have fond memories of living here. What really inspired me though was Bangkok Prep’s emphasis on a holistic education that catered for every student. Ms. Court-Smith and Mr. Stonehouse spent a lot of time getting to know me as a person and my leadership style during the interview which instilled a confidence that Bangkok Prep was about people and that culture and community are the most important component of any flourishing school.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

The prospect of being able to make a positive impact. Prep is already a magnificent school with exceptional students, staff and parents but all schools have the capacity to continually improve. I feel I can contribute to the school’s continual growth, development and improvement. As a leader it is essential the relationships I form are positive, professional and in the best interests of our students.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am a lover of all sports but I currently play golf, cricket and football. I also fancy myself as a bit of a singer songwriter and enjoy playing the guitar and singing. I am a massive Liverpool FC fan.

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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