History

HeadStart International School, Phuket, is a truly unique educational institution in both the level and range of high quality education that we offer and the remarkable success story of its origins.

Founded in 2005, HeadStart has rapidly grown into one of Phuket’s leading International Schools and is now the only school on the island to offer the Cambridge AS and A Levels. The success story of HeadStart’s rise from humble beginnings to now a school of over six hundred students with top of the line facilities is in itself inspiring.


‘It is a credit to leaders at all levels that this rapidly expanding school has continued to improve school standards and students’ outcomes year after year. This is far from easy. Even more remarkably a school that started 12 years ago as a home school for five students and expanded to a population of over 640 has managed to retain a real sense of community and family membership and the warm relationships within it are cherished by all.’

Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

2005
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Small Beginnings

HeadStart International School was founded as a home-school education centre in February 2005 by Mr & Mrs Edouard. The school opened in a small two storey, four bedroom house, on Mae Luan Road, Phuket Town. Ms Anisa van der Laan joined the school soon after its opening, increasing the staff making a total of three teachers with an initial student body of just 15.

2006
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Expansion and Recognition as a Fully Licensed Day Care Centre

In less than a year, HeadStart moved to a larger six room property, opening up four levelled classes to accommodate the large number of new students. This significant turning point in HeadStart’s history also marks when the school hired its first member of teaching staff beyond the three original qualified teachers. HeadStart’s staff comprised of a total of four teachers, with a student body of 65. In May 2006, HeadStart received recognition from the Ministry of Education as a fully licensed Day-Care Centre. Over the next two years student numbers continued to expand, meaning that the school, once again, was in need of a bigger structure and more amenities, to support its rapid development.

2008
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New Partnership, Investment and Expansion

Dr Parimon Phaisamran, whose children have attended HeadStart since 2006, became a financial partner and invested in the school. This investment provided the means and the opportunity for the school’s further expansion into a much needed bigger and more modern facility.

2009
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Move to a Bigger Facility

HeadStart and its 75 students moved into a 5 Rai (8,000 SQM) facility complete with 16 classrooms, a library, dance hall, martial arts studio, canteen, offices and outdoor amenities, including a playground. With the extra space, HeadStart became the fastest growing International School on the island.

2010
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International School Status

HeadStart, now with a student body of 240, received recognised International School status from the Ministry of Education of Thailand and officially became HeadStart International School, Phuket. The school’s campus and facilities were expanded further with the opening of the Secondary school building adding in new 10 new classrooms, a Secondary canteen and a covered football pitch, as well as a library. In the same year, HeadStart’s Pre-School was built to meet the demand for Early Years and Nursery age children. The school’s growth continued, with two classes per year group being established to accommodate the continued high level of interest in enrolment at the school.

2011
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Additional Sporting Facilities

In order to boost the existing sporting facilities, HeadStart invested in refurbishing a club house in a separate but nearby location. The establishment of FunStart brought the addition of a 25 meter swimming pool, a small children’s pool, a martial arts studio, a four hole golf course, six additional classrooms, a birthday club and a restaurant resulting in an increase of programmes offered to the HeadStart community.

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Accredited Cambridge Centre

In 2011 HeadStart became a fully accredited University of Cambridge (CIE) examinations centre. This significant milestone in HeadStart’s history was also the year that the first cohort of IGCSE students sat their Cambridge exams, achieving excellent grades across all subjects.

Full list of accreditations

2012
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International School Association of Thailand Status

ISAT (International School Association of Thailand) grants HeadStart full membership signifying the recognition of its growth and its position on the island of Phuket. Over the next year, the student numbers continued to grow, with a wide representation of both local and international students, from over forty nationalities across the globe.

2013
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Top Nursery of Phuket Award

HeadStart’s Pre-School is awarded the title of Top Nursery from the Phuket Provincial Hall for the second year running.

2014
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CfBT Award

In 2014 HeadStart became a fully accredited by CfBT Education Trust school and was awarded their prestigious International School Quality Mark Award. This esteemed accolade showed that HeadStart, now with a student body of 450 and employing 50 qualified teachers, had truly earned its place as one of the leading educational institutions on the island of Phuket.

Full list of accreditations

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Further Investment and New Partnership

HeadStart partners with Anuphas & Sons Co Ltd and committed to a further expansion of the school, purchasing 15 Rai (24,000 SQ) of land in order to build brand new, modern and outstanding educational facilities, spanning from Foundation all the way up to Sixth-Form and A-Level with a capacity for 750 students.

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HeadStart is Awarded Outstanding Status by OPEC

A team from the Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC) visited HeadStart in February 2014. After a thorough internal quality assurance inspection carried out by three evaluators, HeadStart is awarded a full 100 points and is rated as ‘outstanding’. This was HeadStart’s first official inspection from the Ministry of Education.

2015
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New Campus

In August 2015 HeadStart International School Phuket, with a student body of over 600 pupils, proudly opened its new 600 Million Baht purpose built campus which boasts separate buildings for Early Years, Foundation, Primary and Secondary. The School has 43 dedicated, modern and fully equipped classrooms, including science labs and ICT suites, Art and Music studios, two Libraries, Drama and Dance facilities. HeadStart’s first class Sports facilities allow a diverse sporting curriculum to be offered to our students and includes sports such as football, swimming, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, badminton, tennis and much more.

See our facilities

2016
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Opening Celebration

On the 12th of February, 2016, HeadStart celebrated moving to our new facility. We took a moment to contemplate our humble beginnings and the journey that we have embarked on. In looking back we can’t help but have hearts filled with gratitude for the immense support we have received along the way. We thank our team of dedicated professionals for working together in teamwork to make HeadStart what it is today as well as the parents and students who play an essential role in HeadStart’s success.

2017
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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Presides Over Grand Opening

On the 19th of January, 2017, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the Grand Opening of HeadStart International School, Phuket. Over 70 parents and guests gave donations towards the over 100 royal projects that Her Royal Highness presides over, each person receiving a Royal brooch in appreciation for their contribution. The HeadStart singers and dancers were honoured to perform a Thai dance after which the Princess visited booths set up to highlight some of the main events and accomplishments of our students.

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HeadStart is Awarded Silver Accreditation Status by EDT

On 1 June, 2017, HeadStart is awarded the Silver rating and in all of the 8 accreditation standards the school was rated as either good or outstanding. ‘HeadStart International school is a good school, with outstanding features’. EDT Accreditation report.

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