Ascot International School, an international primary school in Thailand, has been in operation at Ramkhamhaeng Soi 118 since 1995, and has acquired several accreditations and authorisations, like CIS and IB Diploma Programme, among others.
The school recently announced that it just received more authorisation, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), making it one of the four schools in the Thai capital to have the authorisation for multiple programmes.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is available to kids in the age range of 3-11 y.o., and different from the traditional methods of classrooms in that its designed students to challenge the ideas presented to them, ask questions, and, of course, extend their skills.
Ascot Headmaster Gary Booth explains that the learning process invariably involves taking risks, and the point of the programme is to create a safe environment for their students to learn, make choices about how they learn and behaviour in order to grow into adaptable and well-rounded students.
Ascot is a PYP school, where teachers act less than instructors and more like guides to students, who don’t just sit passively in their chairs, they’re active and move around the education space, going to the library, collecting data outdoors, or interacting with their teacher. A PYP classroom commonly has students working together in groups as they learn cooperatively, consult learning material, research or just gathering info from other people and their environment.
The IB PYP programme ends in a Year 6 exhibition, where the now-11 year old students working together in order to conduct an in-dept inquiry into issues and problems that afflict the real world. This activity is aimed at having the students use the transdisciplinary skills that they pick up over the programme’s duration in order to present their inquiry to the school, in any method that they deem fit.
Currently, the international primary school in Thailand accepts students from 18 months up to 18 years of age, allowing them to complete secondary education in familiar environs and avoid the problem of having to readjust to a new learning environment. Additionally, this also lets Ascot keep an eye on the students’ development, letting the school meet their needs.