St. Andrews International School Samakee is a fantastic place to be. We have an innovative approach to developing teaching and learning and an environment of the highest quality. We are focused on achieving excellence in all that we do and we are truly committed to our children, our staff and our community.
‘St Andrews School, Samakee, Bangkok is an outstanding school. It provides an excellent ‘British-style education’ in an innovative and exciting way. It is fully inclusive, catering successfully for the very wide range of pupils’ needs. It celebrates the values and heritage of Thailand as well as the diversity of cultures represented in the school.’ – BSO (British Schools Overseas) May 2015
Samakee is an independent, privately owned, co-educational school that caters to children from age 1+ to 14 years and draws children from multicultural backgrounds. Situated approximately 20 kilometres north of the centre of Bangkok, it is in an area that has developed rapidly in the last 10 years with large department stores, supermarkets and malls flourishing adjacent to interesting temples, local markets, food stalls and shops. Thailand is a fascinating place to live with so many exciting destinations for school trips and weekend visits.
The school itself was opened in the year 2000 and has at present 26 different nationalities; it has grown from just two students to more than 260. Our students, and many of our staff, live in or near a large expat community; the children mix socially after school and most are involved in the diverse after school activities available at school and in the neighbourhood, football, horse riding, baseball, tennis, dance classes, swimming, Thai boxing, to mention just a few.
The climate allows us to take full advantage of the outdoor environment and the garden, sports fields and basketball courts are a fundamental part of our programme with easy access from each classroom. Teachers make full use of this resource in their daily planning in a variety of ways. The setting and classrooms, both indoors and out, are designed attractively into learning areas, the organisation of these spaces changes and evolves over time, influenced by the children and their interests, the creativity of the staff and topics or projects they may be involved in. The rooms are light and spacious with ample resources to support exploring and learning. All classrooms are equipped with IWBs. We make full use of our specialist areas, which include a large hall, library and media centre, dance and drama studio, science lab, music rooms, art rooms, Thai room, covered sports arena, swimming pool and inclusion centre.