British International School, Phuket (BISP) is the most accredited international school in south Thailand, with recognition from Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate (IB), World Academy of Sport, Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT), and Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).
Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. They are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. Their international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, they devote their resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. They promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
The World Academy of Sport (WAoS) delivers learning programmes for sports and event participants, athletes, managers, administrators, officials and coaches, through a series of tailored educational programmes. As an accredited Athlete Friendly Education Centre, BISP supports student-athletes to achieve their education and athletic goals. Student-athletes are required to make significant sacrifices on their journey to international competition. The WAoS is committed to assisting athletes on this journey through working with all those involved in their education systems to understand the unique needs that must be balanced by athletes in such circumstances.
Council of International Schools (CIS) works collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. The CIS vision is to inspire the development of global citizens through high quality international education: connecting ideas, cultures and educators from every corner of the world. As a global non-profit membership organisation, CIS provides services to primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions and individuals that share these ideals: a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and a commitment to high-quality international education. The CIS community includes more than 660 schools and 475 colleges and universities representing 109 countries.
The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) champions boarding and promotes boarding excellence. The BSA represents around 500 independent and state boarding schools in the UK and overseas. BSA services include professional development, government relations, communications, media, publications, conferences and events. There has never been a better time to become a boarder at a British boarding school. Standards in education and in pastoral care have probably never been higher. Published examination results, league tables in national newspapers and Independent School Inspectorate reports, also published, confirm the high educational standards pupils achieve in these schools. Detailed inspection of boarding itself, and the welfare of children who are boarders, is now inspected by Ofsted. Reference to their reports reassures parents that their children will be safe and happy away from home.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is a voluntary membership organisation of public and independent schools and colleges, with the mission to assess and promote the quality of education through the accreditation of its members. The NEASC aspires to provide a process for meaningful, ongoing whole school improvement while honouring the unique culture and context of each institution they support. “Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges” assures that members strive to achieve rigorous and common standards in education; demonstrate substantive institutional commitment to continual improvement; commit to balancing creative tensions between local autonomy and public authority; and nurture individual creative accomplishment.
The International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) was initially established in 1994 to be a link between its five member schools and the Thai Ministry of Education. Today, with 116 member schools, they work with all of the government ministries to build understanding of the benefits of international education in Thailand. However, ISAT is more than just a link between schools and government. Whilst they continue to promote quality international school education, they also go beyond their own member schools to foster quality education in all schools in Thailand. In that sense, ISAT has become a driving force for high education standards in the Kingdom. ISAT acts as the unified voice for international education in Thailand and as a centre for collective action on behalf of its membership.
FOBISIA is a Federation of the leading British international schools in Asia. As an organisation it applies stringent entry standards to all schools who apply for membership and upholds these same standards for all members through a review cycle that requires an ongoing commitment to excellence and inspection or accreditation by recognised external agencies. Throughout the course of its history one of the most special features of the Federation has been its determination to focus all of its activities to best serve the key stake-holders that make our schools work; namely, the pupils, their families and the teams of professional colleagues who so ably serve them.
The Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT) is the government agency responsible for sport at all levels within the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport. SAT provides support to all National Sport Federations and Provincial Associations to develop sport from the grass roots level through to high performance. Support is provided in the areas of infrastructure, sport science, technology, professional and organisational development, events and other key policy areas. Through the professionalisation of the sport sector in Thailand the SAT aims to provide future career opportunities in a structured sports industry, improve athlete performance and enhance opportunities for sport participations throughout the population.