We promise: Independent, confident, lifelong learners


In May 2012 St. Andrews International School Samakee, was awarded ‘Outstanding School’ status by a UK accrediting team and walked away with the first-ever ‘Gold accreditation’ award – the first International school worldwide to merit such an achievement. In May 2015 and May 2018, Samakee was again awarded OUTSTANDING and we are extremely proud to announce that no other school in the world has yet to receive three consecutive Gold Standard Accreditation awards. We are truly delighted with this amazing achievement.

We are very proud to have been awarded OUTSTANDING in all areas by both ISQM (International Schools Quality Mark) and BSO (British Schools Overseas).

At Samakee, a formal accreditation visit is carried out triennially by a team of qualified and officially recognised UK education inspectors and evaluates our school against eight key internationally accepted categories of performance. In each category, Samakee has been judged to be outstanding, and for the third consecutive time, we have received a Three-Star Gold Standard accreditation award. This award is a truly outstanding achievement. No other school in the world has yet to receive three consecutive Gold Standard Accreditation awards, and we are delighted with our school’s continuing stellar levels of achievement.

In addition to this resounding success at an International School level, Samakee is also recognised by the UK Government as an outstanding ‘British School Overseas’. The BSO award enables the school to have a pronounced presence on the UK Government Education Website so parents with children already attending a British school can read about the incredible standard of education we provide. Please see below some quotes from the report, full copies of which can be found on our home page.


Samakee Accreditation Reports – May 2018

Some key and direct quotes:

St Andrews International School, Samakee, is an outstanding school. It provides an excellent education in an innovative and exciting way.

Standards in English are mostly well above UK benchmarks and students make outstanding progress.

Standards in mathematics are outstanding. Students perform at least in line with, and often above, UK national averages.

Samakee is a fully inclusive school. Disabled students, those who have special educational needs and those who speak English as an additional language make excellent progress, often from well below average starting points.

Students’ personal development throughout the school is outstanding. The school delivers its promise to enable students to become ‘confident, independent, lifelong learners’. Consequently, students develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence exceptionally well.

The school’s outstanding ethos, based upon its seven key values, permeates every aspect of school life. This results in students with strong moral codes, a keen sense of right and wrong and a healthy respect for the law. Consequently, their behaviour in lessons and around school is outstanding. Students have excellent attitudes towards school and learning, which contribute significantly to their exceptionally good and outstanding academic progress. The contribution that students make to the quality of each other’s lives is excellent. They enjoy helping people less fortunate than themselves and caring for their environment.

Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding overall. Relationships are outstanding at all levels and contribute to students’ excellent learning.

The school’s curriculum is outstanding. The curriculum is broad, balanced and engaging and provides meaningful experiences that meet the interests, aptitudes and needs of students extremely well. This ensures they all have an equal opportunity to participate and make progress in their learning.

The curriculum provides exceptionally well for disabled students and those who have special educational needs. Consequently, they make similar rates of progress to all other students. The school’s provision for personal, social and health education is exemplary and promotes students’ outstanding personal development.

This is a highly inclusive school with an exceptionally caring and nurturing ethos. Students are central to all that the school does; every student is known well, enabling the school to carefully and successfully meet individual needs. All aspects of students’ welfare, health and safety are key priorities for the school

The exceptional leadership of the Headteacher is pivotal to the success of the school. She is well supported by an excellent leadership team. The Board of Governors has a clear, shared vision for the school and provides determined leadership.


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