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