Management

The School is privately owned by shareholders and the Board of Directors has delegated the long term strategy and planning of the school to the School Board and the day-to-day running of the school to the Senior Management Team which consists of a CEO, School Director, Director of Studies, Head of Secondary and Head of Primary (who are supported by Deputy Heads in each school phase).


‘The leadership and management of the school are good overall. Much has been achieved in a relatively short amount of time. Leaders demonstrate a shared vision, high energy, ambition and the drive to take this good school still further to reach its goal of being the best it can be. The chief executive officer, school board and senior leaders have worked effectively as a team to bring about continuing improvement.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

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Jazon Edouard

Founder and CEO
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Welcome to HeadStart International School, Phuket! A school where education really does come first. As the school’s founder and Director I have always operated with the belief that the most important aspect and resource of our school is our teachers. Our team of dedicated, professional and caring teachers makes HeadStart the energetic, challenging, successful and nurturing environment that it is today. At HeadStart, your child will become part of the unique, multicultural learning environment and community which our school provides. Our goals and objectives are clear and steadfast: Dedicated, qualified, experienced and inspired teachers. The Cambridge curriculum and assessments. A central location with adequate teaching facilities and equipment. As a father of five boys I appreciate that finding the right school at the right price is also an important issue when choosing a school for your child. We are committed to providing a wholesome teaching and learning environment for our students and achieving high academic results combined with an affordable price.

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Collette Edouard

Founder/Events
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It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to HeadStart International School, Phuket. My husband, Jazon Edouard, and I set out to provide the best possible educational opportunity for our five sons. Despite the many challenges of living abroad and raising a young family, we have succeeded in developing a thriving learning environment not only for our own children, but for the over 700 children who attend HeadStart school today. We attribute our success to our strong team excellence, dedication and commitment. Everyone at HeadStart truly helps to Inspire a Love of Learning!

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Parimon Phaisamran

School Licensee
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Education is one of the most important tools that allows human beings to thrive and has been a major force in helping industrialised countries to develop. Learning never stands still and is a continuous part of life’s experiences. At HeadStart International School, I am confident that we have built one of the best educational management teams and structures in Thailand; one that encourage students to become fully qualified member of society. Not only this, we enhance our teaching and learning with the best teachers possible. We are the only international school in Phuket to offer the full Cambridge International Programme with benchmarks that are recognised throughout the world. We encourage students to be independent and disciplined by promoting independence and self confidence, combined with empathy and respect for others. Moreover, our students enhance their analytical thinking by enthusiastic use of the technology throughout their learning at HeadStart. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for trusting us as a school to take good care of their children and to educate them to be intelligent, responsible, well-adjusted member of society ready to make a positive contribution to their environment. HeadStart would not be the success it is today without the involvement and support we receive from parents. I sincerely believe that together we will continue to develop the school for the benefit and education for our children and that we will become the number one school in Phuket; a school that will be in your heart forever.

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Anisa Van der Laan

Founder/After School Activities Manager
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Adam Drew

Head of School
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Since joining HeadStart International School as Director of Studies, 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. Recent results show the strides the school is making in terms of academic results and the fantastic achievements our students have made in their studies. Having just successfully completed the EDT Silver accreditation and with the move to I strongly believe that HeadStart International School is well on the way to becoming one of the best schools on the island, providing the highest standards in teaching and learning. The next few years will be a truly exciting time for all those involved with the school. 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. I am relishing the opportunity that being a key part of the HeadStart team entails and the chance to help shape the future successes of the school. 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 a keen golfer and I am a member of the main Bangkok Expat golf societies. Thailand is blessed with many amazing courses and I look forward to now playing those in Phuket. My wife Amy is a teacher in the Foundation department. I look forward to working with staff, students and parents alike to ensure that we continue to build on the existing successes of the school. Together we will strive to improve 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!

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Sontana Baci

School Director
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My name is Sontana Baci. I come from Songkhla, the deep south of Thailand. I joined HeadStart International School in 2010. I hold a bachelor of Thai Language Education degree as well as a Master degree in Educational Management. HeadStart International School welcomes all international students and Thais. With over 33 nationalities represented in the student body, you will soon feel the mixture of our international progamme as well as the appreciation that we are living in Thailand. We strongly believe that HeadStart is a ‘family’ school, where our youngest and oldest students study and live happily side by side. Our favourable pupil-teacher ratio means that each child is an individual and receives the needed academic and social support. HeadStart International School is a recognized Cambridge International Examinations centre and all students sit the IGCSE examinations here in May/June and November sessions. The Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognized and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. Students who have completed Year 11 with 5 passes at least at grade C, receives a certificate that is the equivalent to M.6 in Thailand This will enable them entrance into many international university programmes in Thailand. I am very proud to be associated with HeadStart and I am delighted at the many achievements of our students.

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Richard Lukats

Director of Studies
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Mr Richard Lukats is the Athletics Director at Headstart International School. Richard has over twenty years’ experience of working in schools both internationally and in the United Kingdom. He has been a senior school administrator (Athletics Director, Principal/Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher/Principal and Assistant Headteacher) for the past 18 years internationally and in the UK. He is a UK qualified teacher (Post Graduate of Education, PGCE) and holds the UK qualification to be a Headteacher (National Professional Qualification for Headship, NPQH). At Headstart International School, Richard is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction, operational effectiveness and administration of the school’s sports and activities programme, alongside managing the PE Department. He is passionate, about the role sport and physical activity plays in the development of young people and he is looking to further developing the already excellent programme that is on offer at Headstart. He is always looking at ways of working with all members of the Headstart Community to further enhance the opportunities for participation in physical activities for everyone.

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James Barker

Deputy Head of Secondary
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My name is James and I am now entering my fifth year working at HeadStart International School. I am from the UK and grew up in the southeast in a small town called Ashford. I studied at Nottingham Trent University, gaining a degree in Business and Computing for Sciences. I returned to University in 2010 to complete my PGCE in Secondary ICT. I remained in Nottingham and taught to a wide range of children from varying backgrounds and ethnicities in a successful inner city school for two years prior to my move to Thailand. I am a great believer in personal learning and in providing students with opportunities to flourish both inside and outside of the classroom. When students enter my classroom they are encouraged to explore the subject for themselves, using past experiences in the knowledge that they are in a secure learning environment. I believe passionately in getting to know the individual personality of my students and strive to allow them to express themselves in the most creative and innovative ways possible. I am also committed to creating a safe and challenging learning environment where all students are part of a positive-learning experience. I am looking forward to getting started this academic year at the school continuing in my role as deputy head of secondary and hope to build on the successes already present in the school and continue to develop an inclusive learning environment.

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Sam Khan

Head of Foundation and Primary
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I was born and grew up in London, England. If any of you are familiar with the sport of Ruby Union, I grew up very close to Twickenham Stadium! I graduated in History from the University of Teeside in 1992, and in 1999 completed my P.G.C.E. and have now been an educationalist for over 17 years. As well as my teaching experience, I have a total of 12 years of experience as a curriculum manager and school leader, having served as an Assistant Head, a Deputy Head and Head Teacher. In my most recent role, in the Middle East , I worked as a School Improvement Consultant. I am a passionate believer in the transformational nature of education and learning. I believe that children learn best when they enjoy their learning and feel secure when facing tasks that are stimulating and challenging. Pupils should feel valued in the classroom and feel confident that enthusiasm and good learning will be met with recognition and praise from the teacher and peers. As a school leader I am committed to the challenge of motivating the whole school community to help every individual pupil realise his or her talents, whilst at the same time ensuring that our pupils are empowered with the essential skills to be able to make a positive contribution in an increasingly globalised world of rapid change and innovation. I believe that schools where success is celebrated, and challenges faced head on in a professional culture of support, trust and honesty are schools that ensure the best possible outcomes for all its students. As a school leader I am committed to creating an empowering and enabling school culture with a powerful ethos of positivity and hard work.

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James Hornby

Deputy Head of Foundation and Primary
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My name is James Hornby and I am very excited about the year ahead at HeadStart International School and my family’s new life in Thailand. I am from England and studied Geography at Loughborough University before completing my PGCE at St. Martin’s College in Ambleside, Cumbria. I taught at schools in Leicester and Yorkshire for 9 years before the opportunity arose to teach at an international school in Cairo, Egypt. During my 2 years living and teaching in Egypt, I explored the desert and also developed a passion for the underwater world through scuba diving; while in Phuket I intend to spend as much of my free time as possible underwater in the Andaman Sea. Before arriving in Thailand, my last teaching post was in Vietnam where I worked at a large international school in Saigon for 9 years. Experience has taught me that it is very important to understand that individuals learn in different ways, enjoy different things and achieve differently and at different rates. By providing a safe yet challenging learning environment where the children are not afraid to ‘have a go’ and make mistakes, we can ensure that the children thrive and develop as learners. From what I have seen so far, this is very much the case at HeadStart. Outside of the classroom, apart from spending as much time as possible underwater, I enjoy distance running and rugby, support Liverpool FC and love exploring new places with my wife Nguyen and daughter Jessica. I am really looking forward to finding out more about the wonderful people, places and of course food of Thailand.

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Fiona Scott

Deputy Head of Foundation
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Hello, my name is Fiona Scott and I am very pleased to be joining HeadStart for another year. I am very much looking forward to a fun and exciting year ahead and working with a hard working school community who have high expectations and who are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning. Since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, I have taught in a number of Primary schools across Scotland, England and Thailand. During my teaching career, I have taught all year groups in Key stage 1 and 2 as well as teaching across the Early Years. I have held a number of leadership roles, from subject coordinator to Head of Primary in a developing school in Bangkok. I believe that education encompasses developing the whole child; academically, socially and emotionally. Teaching should be fun and interesting as well as motivating and challenging; where all children can develop and thrive. As teachers, we need to ensure that all learning experiences are enriching and rewarding which promotes a lifelong love for learning. Through a creative curriculum approach; a happy and confident child, is a successful one. Since first moving to Thailand in 2006, my family and I are no strangers to the Thai culture and way of life. Both of my children were born in Thailand and are both very happy at HeadStart. They enjoy the range of learning experiences on offer and thrive in the After School Programmes on offer. As a family we all enjoy a range of activities from cycling to swimming to exploring and traveling around such a beautiful and diverse country. This year I will be based in Foundation and am looking forward to getting to know all the new families and supporting the children in their learning journey through HeadStart and beyond.

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Gemma Caines

Head of Sixth Form
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My name is Gemma and this will be my first year at HeadStart. I am from the UK and grew up in the seaside town of Southport in the North West of England. I did my undergraduate degree in History at Cambridge University and then returned to the seaside to do my Masters at Sussex University. After that I worked in Colombo, Sri Lanka as a history teacher for 2 years, where I had my first Sixth Form tutor group. When I returned to the UK I spent three years as an educational project manager, working for The Sutton Trust. I realised that I missed my time in schools and so decided to go back to the classroom. I then worked at St Paul's Girls' School, a highly academic independent school in London, for 8 years. I had a busy time there, teaching History, working as Higher Education Co-ordinator and eventually becoming Assistant Head of Senior School. After deciding to go back to international teaching, I worked at Harrow International School Beijing as Head of Sixth Form as well as teaching History and History of Art. My last 5 years have been spent at The British School Kathmandu in charge of the Sixth Form and Safeguarding. I love working with Sixth Formers - it's such an exciting and dynamic time for students. However, I know it can also be stressful, for them and their families. I'm looking forward to helping develop the support networks that can make HeadStart students' final years in school positive and help them move on successfully to the next phase of their life, whatever their ambitions. I'm also looking forward to swapping mountains for the sea again!

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Nicholas Carter

Director of Sport
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My name is Nick Carter and I am from Kent, in the UK. I came to Thailand in 2015, after 6 years of living and teaching P.E. in Stockholm, Sweden (where it snows for six months of the year!). So, it is fair to say that, I was ready for a completely different climate change, as well as cultural change. My sporting background is very diverse. I grew up with a passion for playing football, but later, in my teens, I discovered baseball. I made my debut for the Great Britain national baseball squad at the age of 18 and played with the squad for the next 14 years. I also trained as a professional contemporary dancer and toured nationally and internationally for 7 years in numerous dance companies. Although I have many other sporting interests, I want to make it clear that P.E. teachers are not just whistle blowing, basketball bouncing individuals, as I released my first fictional novel (in June, 2015). However, participating in sport, physical activity, and leading a healthy lifestyle are very important to me, and I’ve enjoyed imparting my knowledge in teaching and coaching environments for over 20 years. I am delighted to be HeadStart’s Director of Sport and my fundamental aims are for our students to continue to experience a really diverse range of physical activities, all the while having loads of fun through being active. For example, HeadStart pupils will participate in the following sports activities in either curriculum time or in our fantastic After School Sports programme -Basketball, Netball, Football, Rugby, Athletics, Swimming, Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Rounders, Yoga, Dance, and Gymnastic activities (amongst others). If you have any questions, you can email me at – [email protected]

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