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Thursday, November 09 2017 - 19:39
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Shrewsbury International School Opens Second Campus in Bangkok with US$78 Million Investment
BANGKOK, Thailand, Nov. 9, /InfoQuest-AsiaNet/--

Integrates Thai language and Mandarin Chinese teaching into core curriculum

Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, today, announced that it is building a 
new city-centre primary school for 640 pupils on a prime 2.4-hectare site in 
Bangkok located between Sukhumvit and Rama IX roads with an investment of US$78 
million, and due to open in August 2018.

The new city-centre campus complements Shrewsbury International School 
Bangkok’s riverside campus next to the Chao Phraya River that runs through 
Bangkok. The riverside campus was established in 2003 with the support of 
Britain’s highly respected Shrewsbury School and is now regularly ranked among 
the best schools in the region.

The new, city-centre campus aims to help accommodate the large waiting list of 
children seeking a place at the primary school at Shrewsbury’s riverside 
campus. Enrolments for places at the city-centre campus for the academic year 
commencing August 2018 have commenced, with 40 places already taken up.

Mr. Chali Sophonpanich, Founder of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, 
said, “We aim to build Thailand’s best primary school at the new site. It is 
being purpose-built for young children and raises the bar in primary school 
education in Thailand. A modern, technologically advanced learning environment, 
security, and plenty of natural greenery are all designed into the school from 
inception. And we’re staffing it with some of the best primary school teachers 
who will leverage Shrewsbury International School Bangkok’s highly acclaimed 
curriculum and its impeccable 15-year track-record in 
Thailand.”                   

He said, “The availability of great schools is a major factor determining the 
attractiveness of Thailand as a foreign investment destination and creating one 
of the best primary schools in Asia will be an important addition to Thailand’s 
global competitiveness.”

Mr. Stephen Holroyd, Director of Schools for Shrewsbury International in Asia 
and an educationalist with twelve years’ experience in Thailand as Principal of 
Shrewsbury’s outstandingly successful riverside campus in Bangkok, said, 
“Shrewsbury Bangkok’s riverside campus is attracting a lot of talented children 
because of its proven ability to develop well-rounded graduates who are 
academically and professionally successful and are inculcated with the best 
human values.  Parents seek to place their children at Shrewsbury right from 
the first years of education and that has created a particularly long waiting 
list for a place in the early years where we have around 75 places open, 
annually.”

“In the last three years, we have been compelled to turn away more than 650 
well qualified children who were applying for a place in our primary school at 
the riverside campus due to the limitation of places. Our new campus provides 
those extra places for deserving children while also giving us an opportunity 
to build a campus that is specifically designed for children aged 3 to 11 
years,” he said.

According to Mr. Holroyd, “Developing a great school requires continuity in the 
cadre of teaching staff which is why the Principal of the primary school at our 
riverside campus, Ms. Amanda Dennison, is the new Principal of Shrewsbury’s 
City Campus.”

“She will ensure that the same values and teaching standards in our riverside 
campus are embedded into the new city campus from the start. Paramount among 
her missions is to provide the holistic education that Shrewsbury is famous 
for, which develops children both academically and emotionally, and to provide 
contextualised teaching in a collaborative learning environment that prepares 
children well for university life and the transformed world of the future,” Mr. 
Holroyd said.

Ms. Dennison said, “In the new city campus, while English is the core language 
of instruction, we are placing special emphasis on embedding the best possible 
Thai and Chinese language instruction into our teaching and learning. As a 
result, all of our students will have outstanding English language skills, 
while at the same time they will be highly proficient in the Thai language as 
well as have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese.”

Among the design innovations at the city campus is the arrangement of 
classrooms into a unique cluster formation that creates a better learning 
environment by maximising the connectivity of classrooms and children, and 
stimulating greater interaction of children with each other across different 
classes.

The classrooms for children aged 3 to 5 years are placed in a separate area 
which has an extra layer of safety as well as a separate dining hall and 
kitchen that are designed to be age-appropriate.

The new city campus has a gross floor area (GFA) of 25,000 sqm and includes a 
520-seat auditorium. The school’s 2.4-hectare land area contains a large 
swimming pool complex, natural turf playing fields, as well as indoor and 
outdoor athletics tracks.

Source: Shrewsbury International School Bangkok - City Campus

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