Founded in 2005, HeadStart has rapidly developed into one of the leading International Schools in Phuket. Situated on 6 acres of beautiful landscape, our school campus is centrally located allowing for convenient access from anywhere on the island. HeadStart is a high achieving, co-educational British International School. We offer the English National Curriculum for students from 2 to 18 years of age and currently have 800 students enrolled representing 45 different nationalities.
It is our ongoing mission to build and support a dedicated team of professional educators who work together to provide a quality teaching and learning environment for Phuket’s international and culturally diverse community. Our dynamic teaching staff is the driving force behind our engaging learning programmes and outstanding academic results. Passion and excellence are at the heart of everything we do.
High standards of academic achievement and behavior are set throughout the school. An atmosphere of kindness and respect is instilled both inside and outside the classroom. These attributes help students gain a positive outlook on life and a robust sense of self-confidence which provides a strong foundation for their future.
Both Foundation and Primary schools provide a stimulating and challenging educational experience in a secure and caring setting where children can learn, play and explore freely. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed for students aged 2 to 4 and our Primary School follows the Cambridge International Curriculum and corresponding assessments. The curriculum is tailored to best meet the needs of the students, offering balanced and challenging learning opportunities. Our aim is to give children the very best possible start to their learning journey and inspire a love of learning.
The Cambridge Curriculum is also taught throughout our Secondary school with students studying for IGCSE Exams at the age of 16, after which we offer a choice of A Levels or BTEC in Sixth Form. Subjects are taught by experienced specialists who ensure that lessons challenge students to achieve their personal best. A highly academically trained and professional team provides students with support and guidance to ensure a rigorous learning experience for all. Preparation for higher learning is provided by our U- Prep Programme, which offers students bespoke pathways to further their studies in top universities around the world.
We believe that languages are an important part of a child’s education and a critical aspect in the development of their character and personal identity. Our core curriculum includes a comprehensive language programme and gives students the opportunity to study first language French, Mandarin, Russian, Thai and several second language options.
Provision of a number of extra-curricular activities and sport academies enrich students’ learning experiences at HeadStart. These include a wide range of sports, arts, music, dance, culture, clubs as well as participating in internationally and locally recognised competitions.
The school has a proud history of putting on exhilarating school productions for large audiences. Through studying the arts, our students are able to develop their own artistic flair, participate in creative and experiential activities and most importantly, gain transferable skills for life.
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“HeadStart International school is a good school, with outstanding features.” Educational Development Trust, UK.
Since joining HeadStart International School in August 2014, I have been genuinely impressed by the hard work and commitment of all those involved in making HeadStart a place where students are inspired to have the ‘love of learning’ described in the school’s motto. The school community here is one of the best I have ever-worked with and the positive energy that this creates enables us to achieve so much together. Since our last inspection where the school was rated as a good with a number of outstanding features highlighted, I strongly believe that HeadStart International School is well on the way to becoming one of the best schools in Thailand, providing the highest standards in teaching and learning. As we prepare for the next phase where we hope to gain a solid ‘Outstanding’ rating, the next few years will be a truly exciting time for all those involved. Having had a successful Teaching career in the UK for a number of years and having worked in various different management positions, my wife Amy and I made the decision to move to Thailand in 2012 where I worked at an International School in Bangkok. The opportunity to make a real impact at HeadStart and to help shape the future successes of the school drew me to move to Phuket. On a personal level, I am a keen sportsman and have an interest in many sports both as a spectator or participant. A highlight for me was having a leadership position for Event Services at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I am also keen golfer and compete in many of the regular competitions held here in Phuket and further afield. My wife Amy is a teacher in the Foundation department having joined HeadStart shortly after I did. Since working at HeadStart we have become parents for the first time. Ted Drew was born in April 2018 and is excited to be joining pre-school in this academic year. I look forward to continuing to working with the inspired staff and students and the committed and supportive parents that make up the HeadStart. Together we will ensure that we continue to build on the existing successes of the school and make each academic year even more successful than the last. Please feel free to email me at any time to discuss your ideas on how we can do this together. I look forward to meeting you again as the year progresses!
Let me extend a very warm welcome to our school.
You will find that HeadStart is a community focused school where the successes of our students are built not just around the high academic standards our children reach, but also around the opportunities that they have inside and outside of the classroom, whether they are academically gifted, a keen sportsperson or whether they have artistic flair or performing talent.
The opportunities created at HeadStart are the result of our highly qualified and inspired teachers and coaches and the support that our parents give to our staff and their children on a daily basis. You will often hear me say that the greatest asset of HeadStart is the community body that has come together to ensure that the successes we often speak about, are common place in our school.
HeadStart has been on an incredible journey over the past ten years, and I have seen many changes and significant expansion, both in terms of student number and also physical resources. With these changes have come significant improvements to our facilities throughout the school, and even now we are making further improvements to the school and planning out the next five years of growth and improvement.
In spite of all these changes, examination results and outcomes for students at all levels continue to be excellent with high attainment at both IGCSE and AS level with a number of our students being recognised by Cambridge as achieving the highest marks in the whole of Thailand.
Whether you are an existing member of the HeadStart community, a potential teacher or are a prospective parent or student deciding on where best to enrol, I welcome you to browse through our website and see everything that we have to offer. Of course a website can only give you a glimpse into our programmes. There is so much more to experience so come and visit and see it for yourself! I welcome all of the Phuket community to get a taste for what HeadStart is all about and I look forward to seeing and meeting with you in the future.
Adam Drew MSc BSc (Hons.) MRSC