The school was established in 1926 and is the top bilingual school in Thailand. It is operated by a non-profit making foundation. It was the first bilingual school in Thailand to be accredited as a CIE Examination Centre. Amnuay Silpa School is dedicated to preserving the Thai Language and Culture in our students, while at the same time providing a world class international education
The Foundation Phase School provides high quality education for pupils from Nursery to Year 2. Using the Welsh (UK) Foundation Curriculum, emphasis is placed on skill development through structured play and practical experiences. In the Primary School the English National Curriculum is firmly embedded. The Foundation Phase and Primary Schools are both three form entry, with a maximum class size of 24. Each class has two teachers, (one UK Curriculum, one Thai teacher) and for the vast majority of lessons, the class is divided into two groups.
The Secondary School is three form entry, with a maximum class sizes of 25 students. Our students are extremely polite and well mannered. In Key Stage 3 we follow the UK National Curriculum, supplemented by the CIE Progression and Checkpoint Tests in English, Mathematics and Science.
The school is well equipped and resourced with specialist science laboratories and ICT rooms, specialist subject rooms, a drama theatre, well resourced library and D &T Unit, plus swimming pools. All classrooms are equipped with a computer, digital projector and interactive whiteboard. Teachers also have their own computer workstation in the staffroom.
The standard of English of our students is variable, but most have very good English skills. However any teacher who joins our staff needs to be aware that the teaching of their own subject is vitally important in helping our students to improve their English skills. Our English across the Curriculum Policy forms an integral part of teaching strategies in all subject areas.
The school is also committed to becoming a ‘Thinking School’ where thinking and questioning is the medium through which subject content is introduced to students.
A ‘Thinking Whiteboard’ is the centre piece of each teachers classroom. This displays a
• Do Now or thinking introductory exercise.
• WALT or lesson objectives
• Lesson success criteria
The school is committed to providing an excellent programme for Professional Development. Teachers receive continuous training in the development of thinking skills and the effective use of thinking tools in the classroom.
Over the past four years the school has been developing an International Examination programme that supplements the Thai National Curriculum O-Net and GATT university entrance examinations. The Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 International and Thai National Curriculum Programmes run concurrently side by side.
Initially we introduced the Cambridge Checkpoint and IGCSE Programmes, The first students to take the full IGCSE Programme sat their examinations in May/June 2011. The subjects students sat included English Language and Literature, Thai Language, German, Mathematics, Combined Science, Geography, ICT, Thai Language and Design Technology and PE.
Results so far for both the Checkpoint and IGCSE Examinations have been above the world average, well above in some subject areas.
Starting this current academic year, one of our Grade 8 classes is studying a full international curriculum. This will continue in Years 8 & 9 next year, when we may possibly have an international only IGCSE class as well, offering an increased number of subject options.
Also starting next academic year Academic Year 2011-2012 it is planned to offer a limited AS/A Level Programme for students on the bilingual programme, one that will enrich their Thai National Curriculum route to university.