HeadStart International School 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 our origins.
Founded as a home-school centre in 2005, HeadStart rapidly developed into one of the leading International Schools in Phuket. 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.
Our student population is comprised of over fifty nationalities and we pride ourselves in being a school that has organically grown and adapted to meet the needs of Phuket’s widely diverse community. Our robust curriculum and the wide range of courses and opportunities we offer ensure that students benefit from a personalised education and discover and develop their individual talents in order to live up to their full potential.
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is 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.
We are fully committed to providing:
• Dedicated, qualified, experienced and inspiring teachers
• The Cambridge curriculum and assessments
• A central location with first-class teaching facilities and equipment
Providing these invaluable building blocks at affordable prices, we believe HeadStart offers the ideal environment for your child’s education.
HeadStart International School, Phuket. Inspiring a love of learning
HeadStart International School is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education to provide a range of educational programmes for students from Preschool to Secondary. We have received the ‘International Quality Assurance’ accreditation from the office of Private Education Commission (OPEC) and are fully accredited by the Thai Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA).
We have been a proud member of the Cambridge International Schools Network since 2011. CIE prepares school students for life by kindling a passion for lifelong education, learning and an informed curiosity about the world. CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge.
In 2014, HeadStart passed the rigorous EDT (Education Development Trust) accreditation process to be awarded their ‘International School Quality Mark’. In 2017, the EDT Accreditation Report stated that in all of the 8 accreditation standards, the school was rated as good with outstanding features and we were awarded the Silver Accreditation ISQM. EDT is a UK based organisation and a leading international authority on school inspection and improvement whose mission and values include excellence in learning outcomes, integrity and purpose in education and providing outstanding education solutions. It is with great pride that we at HeadStart are affiliated with and accredited by EDT and adhere to their high standards.
Admissions and Enrolment
We welcome enrolment of students from 2 to 18 years old. Placement is subject to availability and up to the discretion of the Heads of School. The school has a capacity of 900 students. We accept 20 students per Foundation class and 24 students per class in Primary and Secondary. We do not accept students for part time enrolment. For more information Click Here
Foundation Stage (2 - 4 years old)
Our Foundation School provides a stimulating and challenging educational experience in a secure and caring setting where children can learn, play and explore freely. Classes are taught following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and corresponding assessments. Our aim is to give children the very best possible start to their learning journey and inspire a love of learning.
Primary (5 - 11 years old)
The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) will guide your children through Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) and provides schools all over the world with a framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science skills in young children. It also provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and allows teachers to assess children’s learning as they progress.
Secondary (12 – 18 years old)
The Secondary School Curriculum delivered at HeadStart is the Cambridge International Examinations Curriculum for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and IGCSE. Students study for IGCSE Exams at the age of 16, after which we offer a choice of A Levels or BTEC in Sixth Form. This curriculum offers quality, complexity, diversity and an internationally renowned standard of high attainment. Each subject is taught by highly qualified and experienced subject specialists who are not only experts in their chosen fields but are also knowledgeable and skilled educators and are able to reflect and adapt to the differing needs of each developing individual under our care.
International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE)
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations are typically sat at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) and are the Anchor of the Cambridge Secondary Programme offered by HeadStart. IGCSE are an internationally recognised qualification and evidence of academic ability to employers and other academic institutions around the world.
AS and A Level
Cambridge International A Level is the world’s most popular international examination for 17–18 year olds. As one of the most recognised qualifications around the world, it is accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge International A Levels typically take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level represents the first half of a full A level course and gives students the opportunity of studying a broader range of subjects without committing to doing a full A Level. As with A Levels, these enable students to apply successfully to universities throughout the world.
BTECs are practical-based qualifications that are studied at colleges & schools. BTECs provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a subject and are a viable alternative to the more theory-focused, examination heavy ways of learning. BTECs are becoming a popular path to both university and some jobs in place of, or in addition to, A-levels.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Year 1 - 11 students who are identified by the school as needing EAL support must attend additional classes until the student is able to meet the school’s English assessment standards. EAL support is provided in small group tuition during school hours and after school hours as well as by means of in-class individual support. There is an additional fee charged for students needing EAL Support. Please see our website for more details.
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.
Creative and Performing Arts
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.
After School Programmes
We run an outstanding range of over 160 After School Programmes (ASPs) for our Primary and Secondary students. ASPs are free of charge and run from 3:30 - 4:20pm, Monday to Friday. This includes academic booster classes to help support weak students to improve their knowledge of core subjects such as English, EAL, Maths and Science. Sport activities and competitive training in football, basketball, swimming, badminton and gymnastics are just a few of the options available for students to participate in. We also offer students a wide range of creative and performing arts options such as drama, choir, bands, sketching and a variety of clubs. Click here for more information.
Student Code of Conduct
All of the students that attend HeadStart International School are representatives of our institution when out in the community and are therefore expected to adhere to the school’s code of conduct both in and outside of school. We believe that a high standard of respect and personal conduct are an integral part of creating an ideal learning environment.
Communication between the school and parents is paramount to a fully functional and mutually beneficial educational experience. HeadStart encourages parental involvement and participation with what your child is studying by maintaining an open dialogue with our teachers. In addition, we employ weekly updates, Parent-Teacher communication folders, homework diaries, report cards, school bulletin boards, notices, conferences, special mailings, assemblies, Parent Orientations and Parent-Teacher conferences as methods of keeping you informed on your child’s progress.
All students are expected to wear the correct school uniform whenever they are in school. The school uniform is intended to provide a common link between students and the school’s identity. Students should wear shoes which fully cover and protect their feet: high-heeled shoes and flip-flops are not allowed. Preschool students are not required to wear the school uniform. To purchase school uniforms and accessories please contact the school shop. For more detailed information click here.
Important in-depth information about your child’s education at HeadStart is described in the Parent/Student Handbooks. These are available for Foundation, Primary and Secondary levels. Please take the time to study them. They can be downloaded from our school website.
Health and Safety
During school hours, a qualified nurse is on staff in case of accidents or sudden illness. If your child requires regular medication during school hours please consult the school nurse. Health amenities at HeadStart include an infirmary where basic first-aid will be administered if necessary. A full accident report is completed for all incidents no matter how small in scale. Parents will be notified immediately in case of serious accident or injury and, if need be, the injured student will be taken to Phuket International Hospital. All students are covered under the school’s accident insurance policy.
School Meals and Menu
A healthy and balanced diet is the foundation of a successful academic life. We, therefore, strive to serve natural, low sugar-and-salt meals with the freshest possible local produce. All students are served a healthy lunch with choices of Thai, Western and Vegetarian menu. Foundation and Primary students are also served morning snacks, all at no extra cost. The current 4-week menu is available to view on our school website. Click Here for the full menu.
School Bus Service
We provide a school bus service to pick-up and drop-off students from most parts of the island. Please contact the school office at [email protected] for detailed schedules, routes and prices.
The care and wellbeing of our students is of utmost importance to us. HeadStart takes precautions and measures to ensure that school programmes are run, taught and managed by qualified professionals in a responsible manner and that our facilities are built and maintained to high standards to ensure the safety of our students.
The Student Group Accident insurance provides 40,000 Baht of accident coverage per student for all students participating in school programmes. The student group accident insurance is not a health insurance policy and excludes accidents occurring from dangerous sports such as martial arts, water sports, motorsports and sports competitions. In the event that the school should organise a programme which falls under the exclusions of the accident insurance, parents will be informed and will need to decide whether or not they would like their child to participate. If a parent approves for their child to participate, they will be required to sign a Risk Waiver and may need to pay for additional insurance for the programme.
It is imperative that parents should purchase additional health and accident insurance for their child or children in case of emergencies. Our office can provide the contact details of an insurance agent who can assist parents in selecting an appropriate private health and accident insurance package.
Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school Monday to Friday at any time from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Alternatively, we are open on Saturday from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Please check the school calendar on our website and note what days we are closed for school holidays.
Our Admin team are available to give you an introductory pack as well as a tour of the facility. Should you require more detailed information regarding the curriculum please contact us to make an appointment with the Head of School by writing to [email protected]. Click Here for more information