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Adam Drew

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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!

Top in Thailand & Top in World

With over 10,000 Cambridge schools worldwide in 160 different countries, there are over 1.2 million examination entries for Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A Level qualifications on an annual basis. In Thailand alone, there are over 100 schools offering these qualifications and thousands of students completing them. This makes the following news quite exceptional indeed!

In October of each year, Cambridge announces those students who have scored the highest marks in their exams within Thailand, as well as in the world. HeadStart students have regularly received ‘Top in Thailand’ awards over the last nine years. However, this year our student’s performance in their exams has been truly exceptional. 14 of our students have scored the highest marks in Thailand and for the first time, one of those students scored the highest marks in the world! The diversity of the subjects that have received such high marks is incredible: Literature, Mathematics, the Sciences, Humanities, Computing, Language and the Creative Arts.

The success of these students is a result of sustained hard work, effort and dedication on their part, and outstanding teachers and supportive parents helping them to achieve success. The students truly deserve the recognition that they will receive from the community and at the Cambridge Awards Ceremony in Bangkok. Each one should be rightfully proud of all they have achieved. I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on this amazing accomplishment. Well done to all of you!

Top in World Thailand 2022
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Timothy Davidson

Deputy Head of Secondary (Academic)
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My name is Tim and I have been teaching at HeadStart International School since 2018. I was born and raised in the beautiful county of Cornwall; located in the southwestern tip of the UK. After sitting my A-levels at Cornwall College I was awarded a scholarship from Pilkington Optronics to study Physics at Reading University. Post University I entered research at the National Physical Laboratory researching the use of quantum dots to replace fluorescent tag molecules for medical diagnosis. However, the life of a researcher often left me in need of human interaction and I decided to opt for a career change; studying a PGCE at the Institute of Education, in London. After my PGCE I took up my first full time teaching post in West London. I remained at this school for seven and a half years during which time I took on a variety of roles including Head of Physics, running the school’s science specialism and Learning Leader; a role which saw me helping to develop the teaching practice of my peers. I then took up my first International post in Prague where I worked as both the Head of Physics and the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for four years. Post Prague I moved to Phuket where I took on the role of Head of Science at HeadStart. I then remained in this post until 2022 when I took on the role of Deputy Head of Secondary - Academics. My approach to teaching has been formed from educational research and personal experience. The key to creating lifelong learners to is to give the students ownership of their learning and ensure they are suitably challenged and engaged throughout their time in education. To do this I endeavor to create an environment that fosters deep learning and stimulates students’ curiosity. In the past this was an approach I used when teaching and which we developed in the Science faculty; a strategy that saw continued improvement in terms of student progress and attainment. In my new role I am now trying to promote this approach across the entire Secondary School. So far my first year at HeadStart has been the only year where every lesson was taught face to face. With these constant challenges to their learning I have been impressed by the resilience and attitude of the students; attributes that have led to continued increase in attainment across the school. I have no doubt that the current cohort is capable of continuing this improvement and I look forward to helping, and ensuring, that this prediction is proven to be true! I am excited about continuing my adventure at HeadStart International School and being given the opportunity to further aid the students in developing a love of learning.

การสอบ the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint จะมีขึ้นในช่วงปลายภาคเรียนของชั้น Year 9หรือช่วงปลายของ Key Stage 3โดยวิชาที่ต้องสอบมี 3 วิชา คือ วิชาภาษาอังกฤษ วิชาคณิตศาสตร์และวิทยาศาสตร์ ผลการสอบจะได้รับคะแนนตั้งแต่ 0.0 ถึง 6.0 ซึ่งระดับคะแนนที่บงชี้ว่านักเรียนมีความเข้าใจในหลักสูตรพื้นฐาน คือ นักเรียนจะต้องมีผลคะแนนตั้งแต่ 3.0 หรือมากกว่านั้น

เมื่อนักเรียนเรียนจบชั้น Year 11 หรือ Key Stage 4 จะมีการสอบ Cambridge IGCSE โดยวิชาที่ใช้สอบมีประมาณ 9 วิชา ซึ่งรวมไปถึงวิชาภาษาอังกฤษ วิชาคณิตศาสตร์ วิชาวิทยาศาสตร์และ ICT หลังจากสอบเสร็จแล้วนักเรียนจะเข้าเรียนต่อชั้นYear12 เพื่อเริ่มการศึกษาในระดับ Key Stage 5 โดยวิชาที่เรียนมีทั้งหมด 4 วิชา ซึ่งนักเรียนYear 12 กลุ่มแรกของเรา เริ่มเรียนในเดือนสิงหาคมปี 2015

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IGCSE Results Since 2014

Headline Statistics 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
All entries graded A* to C 85% 73% 81% 88% 94% 93% 99% 97% 92%
A*/A grades 22% 22% 20% 11% 39% 41% 55% 47% 39%
Students achieving 5 A* to C grades 86% 86% 82% 73% 88% 93% 98% 100% 87%
Top in Thailand 2020

ปี 2014 นักเรียนชั้นมัธยมศึกษาได้รับรางวัลอันทรงเกียรติจากการสอบ IGCSE จาก มหาวิทยาลัยเคมบริดจ์

นักเรียนชั้นมัธยมศึกษาของเรา 3 คนจากจำนวนนักเรียนที่เข้าร่วมการสอบ IGCSEทั้งหมด 15 คนได้รับรางวัล “High Achievement” จากมหาลัยเคมบริดจ์ในเดือนธันวาคมปี 2014 ตามรายชื่อและสาขาวิชาดังนี้

  • Elizaveta Kostikova – First Language Russian
  • Chama Ezendam – Foreign Language Dutch
  • Myriam Moeller - Foreign Language German

ปี 2017 นักเรียนระดับมัธยมศึกษาได้รับรางวัลอันทรงเกียรติจากการสอบ IGCSE จาก มหาวิทยาลัยเคมบริดจ์ตามรายชื่อและรายละเอียดดังนี้

  • Natalia Kotova - First language Russian - High Achievement Award
  • Paola Stoffel - Foreign Language French - Top in Thailand
  • Hyerin Cho - Business Studies - Top in Thailand
  • Bomnuri Kim - Physical Education - Top in Thailand

ภาพประกอบด้านล่าง นักเรียนที่ได้รับประกาศนียบัตรที่กรุงเทพในเดือนพฤศจิกายน ปี 2017

Pictured below: Students receiving their certificates in Bangkok November, 2017.

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