Top UK school Brighton College to open branch in Thailand next year

Top UK school Brighton College to open branch in Thailand next year

Premium international school brand Brighton College will open a branch in Bangkok next year, with Chinese offered as part of a core syllabus based on its original campus in the UK.

The school will occupy 50 rai in Krungthep Kreetha and will have a capacity to teach up to 1,500 |students.

By the first semester in August 2016, it will also be equipped to take 250 pre-nursery to Year 3 students. In 2017, it will take Year 4 to Year 13 students.

Nusara Banyatpiyaphod, chairwoman of the school's management firm, Hands Management, announced the impending launch at a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel.

Nusara revealed that the Bangkok branch of Brighton |College would be the first branch in the Asia Pacific and the third branch after the original school in Brighton.

The second branch opened in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

"Our new international school will have Chinese in its main curriculum because at present Chinese is the most spoken language in the world," she said.

"We intend to teach our students to have the ability to communicate in Chinese as this ability will boost their career opportunities in the future."

She stated that the school's curriculum would be based on its UK school, with everything revolving around the students.

The teachers will be trained to meet the British campus'standards.

"Our head teacher will be sent directly from the original campus in Britain. This will ensure the teachers' quality at our school," she said.

"The most appropriate age for the children to start to learn a language is eight to nine years old.

"However, children of this age are still too young to study abroad far away from family.

"This is why we brought the British brand school to Thailand for the young learners in Thailand, so they can study based on the international standard and still be close to their family.

"The cost of studying here is much cheaper than studying abroad while the teaching standard is the same," she added.

Many children of foreigners working in Thailand were expected to enrol in the school, she said, adding that foreign parents often chose an international school so their children could study in their own countries in the future without any problem.

"Thailand currently has 147 international schools. More than 90 schools are situated outside Bangkok," she said.

"Therefore, our marketing analysis revealed that there is still a demand for a premium international school."

Hands Management Company invested Bt1.8 billion (S$71 million) in the school. The tuition fee will start at Bt400,000 per year.

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