British International School, Phuket (BISP), is an English medium, co-educational, day and boarding school that was established in 1996 in the heart of Phuket, Thailand. Its purpose-built 44 acre campus includes high quality boarding accommodation and provides world-class facilities that enable students to excel in sports and the expressive arts, as well as in their studies. The student population consists of some 870 day and boarding students with over 45 different nationalities represented. The majority of the student body (more than 60%) are foreign nationals.
BIS Phuket provides a Pre-school, Primary and Secondary school education of the highest international standard. External examinations are offered in the IB Diploma, IGCSE, and Cambridge ESOL. In addition, an externally assessed programme for spoken English is provided through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and the music department offers ‘Rock School’ examinations and qualifications.
In the Early Years and Primary section of the school the UK National Curriculum has been enriched and adapted to meet the needs of our international student body. There is a particular focus on developing the skills of researching, collaborating, communicating, thinking and self-managing. Primary teachers work in collaboration with subject specialist staff from the Secondary school to develop and extend the curriculum and create a smooth transition as students progress through the school.
A comprehensive Key Stage Three (KS3) programme leads on to the IGCSE, when students typically select between seven and 10 subjects from the 23 subject options on offer.
The school has a wide choice of IB courses, these include such subjects as: Art and Design, Business and Management, Design Technology, Economics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Music, Psychology and Theatre Arts.
Language instruction is given by mother-tongue teachers in the following languages: English, Thai, Korean, Russian, Mandarin, French and Spanish (including ab initio courses in Mandarin and Spanish at IB level).
In 2010 the school received the Prime Minister’s award as ‘the Best Service Provider in International Education’ in Thailand. An International Learning Centre (ILC) has been established at the school as a part of its commitment to the creation of a ‘learning community’.
The sports facilities are exceptional, with two swimming pools (one of Olympic size) and a professionally coached swim team that regularly competes throughout Asia. The school also has excellent provision for football and field sports, and hosts an annual football tournament that attracts over 900 players from international school teams throughout Asia. Loughborough University graduates support the sporting life of the school through a GAP programme established with the University.
The school is jointly accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is also a member of the International School’s Association of Thailand (ISAT), the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and the Boarding Schools Association of the United Kingdom (BSA).
The facilities at British International School Phuket Thailand are spacious and extensive.
The striking Main Teaching Block (MTB) pictured in many of our promotional materials, was constructed in 1995 and includes classrooms and laboratories for the secondary students as well as the school auditorium, art and music centres. The primary building was constructed based on a pod design whereby classrooms for two year groups are clustered into a pod.
In addition to the formal classrooms the school has 11 grass playing fields, a sports hall and gymnasium, outdoor basketball court, two swimming pools, six tennis courts, design technology facilities, boarding houses and a refectory.
BIS Phuket has an excellent range of sports and leisure facilities for students of all ages. The centrepiece of our recreation facilities is the two swimming pools and our very own professionally-coached swim club, the Flying Fish. The aquatic facilities include one 8-lane 50 metre olympic swimming pool and one 8-lane 25 metre pool. Both pools are outside. The facility is equipped with all necessary swim and safety equipment, and is regularly used by National Swim Teams in preparation for major events.
Our Indoor Sports Centre is a multi-purpose sports hall offering facilities for all major indoor sports, including basketball and badminton, and is adaptable for other indoor sports and activities. There is also an air-conditioned gymnasium, perfect for training.
Other sporting facilities include six tennis courts, an athletics track, 11 grass football fields and outside basketball courts. Other popular sports at BIS Phuket are netball, volleyball, rugby and cricket. BIS Phuket is also very close to all of Phuket’s golf courses and the numerous beautiful beaches of the Andaman Sea, where many students follow courses in diving or sailing.
Students have snacks and meals provided, for day students this consists of a snack at breaktime and lunch. For boarders three meals a day are provided and additonal snacks. The school caters for most common diets and provides a varied selection of high quality food produced under the supervision of the school chef. At lunchtime there are always Thai dishes, a European option, a pasta option, and salads in addition to the daily special.
At BIS, Phuket we realise that the well-being of our students can be further enhanced by direct access to trained healthcare professionals and facilities. As such we are proud to have on campus a fully equipped infirmary staffed by qualified nurses.
In addition, we have a very good relationship with a nearby international hospital, thus ensuring that our students have access to the very best medical care, should they need it.School
Getting to and from school is a very important issue for any parent. Safety and time keeping are big concerns that have to be addressed by anybody sending their children to school. You can choose to do the driving yourself, but will probably find this quite hectic on a day-to-day basis. Also consider that driving in Phuket is not the same as driving in most western cultures. Traffic can be unpredictable just as much as the actions of other commuters here in Phuket. This is why a school bus is a sensible alternative.
At BIS, Phuket we believe that apart from your child’s education, a safe and secure environment are a major concern to you. This is why we have decided to enclose our 36 acre campus with a fence. This enables us to virtually guarantee the safety of your children by ensuring that no-one from the outside has unwarranted access to the school grounds.
In addition the enclosed campus ensures that there is no traffic interfering with school life, while also guaranteeing that you child cannot wander off the school grounds and get lost in the surrounding woodlands.
The school was initiated by two well known Thai educators, Mr Prasit Ourairat and Dr Arthit Ourairat, who had the vision to create a quality international day and boarding school on the beautiful island of Phuket Thailand. This dream came to fruition when the PrasitPatana Group established the legal and financial framework necessary for work to commence. The site chosen for the school was 39 acres of land located in a wonderful natural setting, surrounded by forests, hills and blessed with a fresh sea breeze off the world-famous PhangNga Bay Thailand.
The initial construction phase of the school was completed in 1996, and under the name of Dulwich International College, opened its doors to its first class, with a total of 59 students.
The grand official opening of the school took place on the 26th of April, 2002, and was graciously presided over by her Royal Highness, Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn.
In 2005 a decision was taken by the Board of Governors to broaden the delivery of national and international programmes to meet the changing needs of the students, and to better respond to the changing nature of education world-wide. During this phase of development the name of the school changed to the British International School Phuket.
Today, British International School, Phuket is a fully accredited international institution for Pre-school, Primary and Secondary education to approximately 800 day and boarding students, of which approximately 40% have Thai nationality with the remainder representing over 40 nationalities from around the world.
In 2010 BIS Phuket was awarded the Thailand Prime Minister’s Export Award as the ‘Best Service Provider in International Education’, as well as receiving an award for ‘Outstanding Facilities and Curriculum Development’ from the World Education and Kidscovery Expo 2010.
In heraldic terms the coat of arms is of a quarterly design, with four basic heraldic badges, each of which is incorporated into a quarter.
The Heraldic Badges
1. The badge of the sun represents splendour, but it also symbolises truth.
2. The open book represents manifestation – a sign that something exists or is happening; it also represents learning and knowledge.
3. The Tiger Rampant represents courage, dignity and fortitude.
4. The stars (in heraldic terms ‘mullets’) represent the five virtues: honesty, patience, sacrifice, unity and diligence. In a symmetrical cluster are here representative of balance and harmony.
Taken as a whole the badges are symbolic of the qualities required for leadership. These are a reflection, in part, of the core values of the school itself and have a direct relationship to the school motto ‘Leaders for Tomorrow’.
The ‘two ears of rice’ represent the flourishing of knowledge and intellectual development.
British International School Phuket (BISP) Thailand is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is also authorised to deliver IGCSE courses of the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), and the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
BISP is a member of the Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia (FOBISSEA); the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT); and the Boarding Schools Association of the UK (BSA).