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CurriculumsIB and British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 23 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 490,600 ฿
to: 935,300 ฿
Address: 643 La Salle Road (Sukhumvit 105), Bangna, Bangkok 10260, Thailand
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

19% local : 81% international

Native English speaking teachers

Our academic staff are recruited primarily from the United Kingdom. The school’s teaching approach reflects the best of current United Kingdom practice in terms of classroom organisation and teaching and learning styles. Language teachers may be native speakers of the language they teach. All academic staff have internationally-recognised qualifications. The school has high expectations of its staff and seeks individuals who can be role models providing strong pastoral support, inspiring and motivating students to do their very best.

Language support for students not fluent in English

The English as an Additional Language staff support students who are not fluent in English in becoming proficient English language users in order to develop socially, and achieve academic success across all areas of the curriculum. As an international school, we also believe it is important to provide support to develop home languages for all children.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Thai, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, Dutch as part of the academic World Languages curriculum, plus other languages through the Home Language programme based on demand.

Max. number of students per class

In the Nursery and Foundation Stage 1 classes the number of students per class will not exceed 20. In Foundation Stage 2 (Reception) to Year 2 the maximum number is 22 children. In Years 3 to 6, the maximum number of children per class is 23. From Year 7 to Year 11 in the Secondary School classes will not exceed 22 students and in the Senior Studies the maximum number of students in a Tutor Group is 18 and in a subject class is 17. There are also specialist subject teaching staff who teach classes and groups of children. This ensures that the overall teacher-pupil ratio is approximately 1:10.

Average number of students per class

Between Nursery and Year 2 the average number of children per class is currently 16. In Years 3 to 6 the average is currently 22. In the Secondary School between Years 7 and 11 the average number of students per class is currently 21, and in Senior Studies (Years 12 and 13) the current average is 16.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, they are class based in the Primary School. Subject specialist assistants also work across the Primary and Secondary Schools in areas such as Art, Design and Technology and Science.

Use of technology in the classroom

Our technology vision is that through technology we develop global citizens who shape their world through independence, empathy , credativity and critical thinking. We invest in technology that amplifies our human-centred traits. In the Primary School, two ICT rooms are backed up by student access to sets of laptops and iPads in each year group. From Year 6 upward, all students are part of a 1:1 program in which they bring their own laptop into school. There are four DT classrooms fully equipped with PCs, a Mac lab primarily for Music and a Wacom based PC lab for Art. ICT and Computing are taught by our specialist ICT teachers and assistants in Primary and Secondary.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Our CSL, (Continuing Student Learning) programme gives students a balance of live learning, peer to peer collaboration and well-being time - mirroring the type of learning students would normally get on campus. When students are on campus, the digital tools use din CSL are woven into the lessons so that when we are obliged to close the campus, the transition to learning remotely is much easier for students and parents. When we have returned to school after periods of remote learning, we were pleased to find that generally students had progressed as much as they would have, had they been in school. Of course, this varies with the age of the children.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


External examinations or assessments available

Primary students get the opportunity to measure their performance in the International School Assessment (ISA). These provide a valuable barometer of attainment in mathematical literacy, reading and writing and are sat in Year 4, 5 and 6.
Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a two-year (I)GCSE programme. This offers a broad and balanced curriculum, which provides an excellent foundation for the Senior Studies Programme. Students following the Senior Studies Programme in Years 12 and 13 undertake the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. This course of study offers students the opportunity to study externally-accredited examination courses that are accepted widely throughout the world as an entrance qualification for universities and colleges of higher education.

Results in these examinations

Bangkok Patana School students, across all stages of the school, consistently achieve outstanding results in externally marked examinations. More information can be found here: https://issuu.com/bangkokpatana/docs/student_achievement

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

• Nursery to Year 2: Play and daily activities reinforce learning. Students in Year 1-2 may have spelling in addition to suggested reading at home.
• Years 3 to 6: Students generally have home learning activities on set days of the week. Students are responsible for remembering the details of their assignments. Primary learning goals and reinforcing activities are outlined in the weekly Year group newsletters, which are sent to parents weekly via an email link. All Primary students are encouraged to read at home daily.
• Secondary: Students study different subjects on different days, and have both short-term and long-term assignments. Home learning assignments are posted on the Parents’ Gateway.

Approximate hours of homework given

The school estimates that your child may spend the following lengths of time each day doing their home learning. Duration may vary by subject or other factors.
Year 3: 20 minutes
Year 4: 30 minutes
Year 5: 40 minutes
Year 6: 50 minutes
Years 7 & 8: 1 - 1.5 hours
Year 9: 1.5 - 2 hours
Years 10 & 11: 2 - 2.5 hours
Years 12 & 13: 2.5 - 3 hours

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

99% of our graduating students go on to attend a higher educational institution.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Bangkok Patana School caters for children with a wide range of abilities. Our specialist Learning Support teachers are available to assist students who need support in meeting the challenges of the curriculum. In Foundation Stage, we have language specialists and physical development specialists who work with the teachers to ensure the curriculum incorporates appropriate activities for good development.

Learning support offered

Once a student is identified as needing extra support with their learning, a thorough assessment of needs is made and appropriate interventions are planned.Our Learning Support team advise teachers on planning and provide further differentiation and resources as well as practical teaching and assessment support. We follow many of the procedures of the UK Code of Practice. When a student is referred to the Learning Support team, parents will be informed. If a Learning Plan (IEP) is required, targets are set with parents and teachers and reviewed regularly. A Learning Plan is an individualized agreed plan of action which is regularly reviewed as part of the reporting cycle to parents.
Children requiring speech and language therapy may be referred to our school speech therapist who will assess a child’s needs and then provide a programme of therapy if appropriate.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Some children will demonstrate, or show the potential to demonstrate, outstanding abilities, creative flair or talents which will be significantly in advance of their peers. Our specialist Gifted and Talented Co-ordinators are available to advise teachers and parents and to work with children who are identified as being gifted and talented.

Student access to education psychologist

If outside specialist assessment / intervention is recommended, for example, from an Educational Psychologist, the Learning Support staff can provide information on contacts and options available to parents.

Entry evaluation for students

New students do not have to take an academic test to enter the school; it is the school's philosophy to offer education to students who by virtue of their previous education experience, have no choice but to attend an English-speaking international school. Children are supported to fulfil their individual potential at whatever level they are academically. Children must, however, be fluent in English or be at a stage where they can achieve fluency given specialist support. When an application is made to enrol a child whose first language is not English, a member of the English as an Additional Language staff will meet the child to assess language competence before admission. Some students may also be assessed for any specific learning support needs, to ensure that we have the resources available to meet those needs.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Children applying for Nursery, Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2 will have a school-readiness assessment with a member of our Foundation Stage team.

Waiting list

There are waiting lists in certain Year groups of the school, normally from Nursery to Foundation Stage 2, and from Year 4 to Year 12. We encourage any parent interested in enrolling their child in the school to contact our Admissions team as soon as possible to discuss the current situation. The school is committed to maintaining a 20% cap on the intake of Thai students, and as such these places are in high demand each year.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline for Non-Thai Nationals, however Thai Nationals must complete the Online Pre-Application Form by 15th January of the academic year prior to the one they wish their child to join. More information can be found at www.patana.ac.th/admissions_howto.asp

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, this is permitted provided there is space in the specific Year group.

School start time


School finish time

The academic programme finishes at 2.30pm with an option to finish earlier in Nursery. Extra-curricular programme commences from 2.30 - 4.30pm.

Supervised care before/after school

Staff are present within the play areas of Primary School from 7.00am until the start of the school day. At the end of the school day, supervised activities are available through our Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) programme.

School bus service available

Yes, transport is a key support service and the school-managed extensive bus system enables students of all ages from locations all over Bangkok to travel safely to and from school every day. A bus monitor is present on each bus to provide extra support and assistance, particularly for the younger students. The door-to-door service means students are collected from and returned home each day, with extra-curricular activities also taken into account throughout the term.

School provided lunches

Yes, light snacks and full lunches are available from our two canteens which are situated in both the Primary and Secondary Schools. Lunches are included in Primary School fees.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Our canteens offer at least two meat-free main meal options plus rice, vegetable and salad side dishes daily. We use Halal approved suppliers for chicken and beef. We encourage anyone with specific dietary requirements including allergies to contact the school to discuss these further.

Uniform required

Yes, all students from Nursery to Year 11 are required to wear a school uniform. Our Senior Studies students in Year 12 and 13 do not need to wear a uniform but must conform to the dress code. School uniforms can be purchased from our on-site school shop.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a wide range of Extra-curricular Activities (ECA) to students from FS2 – Year 13 across four activity blocks that run throughout the academic year. The aim of this programme is to enrich and extend the students' experiences. Around 400 options a week, at recreational and internationally recognised levels, are available to students including sports, visual and fine arts, community service, languages, technology, student government, the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and many more.

Sports activities included

We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that provides opportunities for students to become physically confident, build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Primary students have two specialist PE lessons and one swimming lesson each week. The Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Nursery to Year 2) curriculum focuses on the introduction and development of many new skills and understanding in dance, gymnastics, swimming, ball skills and basic game play situations. The Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to 6) curriculum is challenging and diverse including teaching units in swimming, basketball, football, athletics, Tee-ball, mini tennis, volleyball, T.O.G.F.U, outdoor and adventure activities, dance and gymnastics.
All students in the Secondary school undertake 80 minutes of Physical Education lessons each week as part of the curriculum. Activities include athletics, basketball. badminton, fitness, football, trampolining, kayaking, touch and contact rugby, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, dance, squash, table tennis, climbing, water polo, ultimate frisbee, netball, fitness, aerobics, yoga and pilates.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We offer up to five age levels of team sports plus comprehensive age-group opportunities in the gymnastics, swimming, tennis, football and dance/drama academies. The competitive sports programme endeavours to provide for as many sports as can reasonably be supported and are offered by the organisations of which the school is a member: Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference (BISAC), South East Asia Students Activity Conference (SEASAC) and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).

Facilities at the school

Our Dance Academy has 8 purpose-built dance studios with sprung floors, mirrors and barres. the Science Centre boast three floors where all classrooms are labs tailored to the general branch of science: chemistry, physics and biology. Our Arts centre features purpose-built visual art, music and drama studios, an orchestral room. We have a 600 seat theatre with an orchestral pit and ability for students to learn stage setup and stage management. Our Hub is a specialised well-being area that houses our school counsellors and also provides space for students to enjoy a calm atmosphere or quiet time. The Outdoor Classroom on our campus is a closed canopy forest and is used by teachers from Early Years through to the IBDP to give students a hands-on experience with plants, small creatures and nature in general.

Sports facilities at the school

Our students benefit from excellent sports facilities which include three swimming pools, several playing fields, football and rugby pitches, indoor and outdoor sports courts, full and mini tennis courts, climbing wall, fitness suite, dance studios and gymnastics hall.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Our guiding mission is to ensure that students of different nationalities grow to their full potential as independent learners in a caring British international community. In today’s rapidly changing and challenging world we believe it to be the school’s primary task to foster in its community a life-long love of learning and a sense of responsible citizenship. Our educational programmes are designed to develop the understanding, skills and attitudes that support this. We believe that as we move through the processes of inquiry, discussion, decision making and reflection, we develop an understanding of ourselves, of other people and of our world.

Teaching approach of the school

Bangkok Patana School is unique – it offers not only an impressive academic programme, but an exciting curriculum both in and beyond the classroom that ensures the education of the whole person. We aim to provide a very special learning environment that develops outstanding citizens who are moral, respectful, and have a strong sense of identity. Through the excellence and broad expertise of our teachers, support staff and curriculum, students consistently receive a diverse and engaging education.

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