King's College International School Bangkok will open up in the Ratchada-Rama III area

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Image: Artist rendering of the school

Bangkok parents will get another option of private schools for their children next year. King's College International School Bangkok will open up in the Ratchada-Rama III area. The school will bring the elite British education to Bangkok as a sister school of King's College Wimbledon in Britain, a school where 25% of students go on to attend Oxford or Cambridge. It would provide competitive parents who aim to provide the best for their children at high cost, with the hope that it will lead their children to top universities in the US and Britain.

King's College has recently expanded into Asia with two campuses in China and now one under construction in Bangkok. The college is hoping to repeat its successes halfway around the world, while still keeping local culture and language at the core of its curriculum.

Unlike some of the other international schools in Thailand, classes here will be held in Thai and English. Mandarin will be there as a third language. The school is being built on 23 rai of land, with 41,000 square metres of usable space. It is expected to accommodate almost 1,500 students and will include an Olympic-sized pool with a 600-seat auditorium.

Management is still to decide on the tuition costs. The project is a combined venture of King's College and Excellence Education Thailand (XET).

The King's College curriculum will strongly focus on co-curriculums like drama and sports to bring out "well-rounded students". It will also focus on each student's mental and physical well-being.

Sakorn Suksriwong, president of XET and co-founder of King's College Bangkok said that he wanted to make a school that was one of the best and not too business-focused. The construction of the school is nearly complete and it should open for classes in September 2020. Initially there would be 150-200 students for the first academic year (aged 2 to 9) and then gradually building up class sizes and expanding its age range from 2 to 18 over the next few years. 
 

The news was previouosly published in bangkokpost.com

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