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Parent's Review of Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Harrow International School

In what town or city is this school located?

Bangkok

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

British Education

What grade levels are represented at this school?

Creche to Sixth Form

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

School Bus and Private Transportation

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

Purpose Built facilities, all sports facilities - pool, fields, tennis courts, library, science labs, drama room, recording studio, indoor canteen, Primary and Secondary buildings. Includes Boarding Full or weekly. - optional Activities include, Tae kwando, Various Arts and Crafts for all age groups, tennis, golf, swimming, indoor sports, ballet, horse riding, media club, ICT, Art and Design, fishing, and more

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

n/a...However, include induction courses, buddy system. School is also divided into Houses across the age groups and the Heads of Houses take pastoral care of the students, in addition there are class tutors and class teachers to watch student's progress and settling in.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

Yes, Parent Teacher organisation called Friends of Harrow. Parents play and active role in daily life - class mothers and secondary representatives to arrangment of large events which include A family day/fair, Ball, Family Weekend Away (this year it was a car rally to the beach). The School has a FOH room available for parents to meet on a daily basis. There are committe meetings and monthly open meetings with the School.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Good to look at the quality of teachers, at Harrow these are mainly from the UK - dedicated and well qualified. It is a school with a varied mixed culture so the experience for your children will be wide and varied. Look at the care and dedication of the teachers to the students. Mostly all teachers know students by name around the campus. Good discipline - had the 'air' of a British Public School reflecting affilitation with UK Harrow.

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guest
Jan 4, 2013 04:21

Good review. However, I've heard some negative comments from ex-students not being able to fit into the school circle as majority of the student population are made up of Thai and they tend to form their own cliques. As this as a result, affected the popularity of Harrow among expats looking for good quality British schools. Please comment on how true this is... I'm seriously interested in considering Harrow after reading about their curriculum on their website since I'll be moving to Bangkok soon. Thanks!:))

guest
Mar 2, 2013 09:12

A fair review but what will be of most interest to potential expats is the fact that Harrow has become predominantly a school for the rich Thais. It has been impossible to enforce a "speak English at school" policy so non-native Thai speaking kids find it almost impossible to form friendships. Although the figures are not published, it is believed that now over 80% of the children are native Thai speakers with the approx 20%being made up of Korean, Japanese, and native English speakers who tend to be teacher's kids who in any case form their own cliques

guest
Nov 23, 2013 07:45

Being a student at Harrow, I can say that all stated in the review is accurate. And addressing the concerns of others in the comments section about the shool circle and 'fitting in', I can safely say that there should be no concerns there. In all honesty, when I first came to Harrow (Year 4) back in 2005, I didn't like it very much. I had a small circle of friends, but after less than a year I made more friends. Now I'm currently in Year 12 and I'm able to say that Harrow is the best school that you can possibly think to send your child to. There is hardly a boundary between Thais and expats, and if there is, that slowly dissolves the higher up the school you get. It is true that the "speak English" policy has been impossible to completely enforce, but students at school are considerate and well behaved enough to speak English, anyway. There are also teachers and prefects constantly monitoring English levels during class and lunch/break times. There is also more intermingling with nationalities than you may believe. For example, my 'clique' as you call it, consists of Thai, Vietnamese, Canadian, British, Phillipino and Australian. This situation is very similar throughout other cliques in the school. It is also a common misconception that teachers kids hang out together, because from what I see, they don't. In fact, most of them seem to avoid eachother during the school day. I'd also like to add to this that the atmosphere around Harrow is very homely, calm and friendly. The openess of the buildings and abundance of trees, plants and bushes make it a very fresh environment where the fumes and pollution of the surrounding city is hardly noticable. There is also residence available on-sight for teachers (including a communal area for social gatherings, and a playground). Boarders, though they have less freedom than children at home, also have access to the whole school facilities during weekends (as well as are given the opportunity to go to a chosen shopping mall every saturday), and may even visit Khun Naii's Cafe across the road (which supplies a very wide variety of Thai foods at low prices and is EXTREMELY delicious). Appart from the living spaces in the surrounding sois, Hyde Park (a cul-de-sac of houses next to Harrow, partially owned by Harrow - Also where I live), provides convenient, reasonably priced, and high quality living for those who attend the school, and those who don't. It also allows students to cycle and walk to school. Whenever problems occur, the school is quick to react and help. This was evident with political protests, the floods of 2011 and also massive thunderstorms. You will be also interested to know that the school offers help with imigration to any that need it. But like any school, it has it's share of problems. Though they are minor. For example, Harrow (mainly because of our posh 'boater and blazer' image) isn't really... appreciated by the children of other schools because they believe us all to be posh and high class. In reality, many of the kids are on scholarships, and some can only just afford to be here. School food can also be a problem to certain people. If your child is a picky-eater, I suggest they have a packed lunch just in case the food at the dining hall isn't to their liking. If we experience heavy rain, the school football pitch also tends to flood and turn into a second lake! (In case you didn't know, Harrow and Hyde Park are situated next to a lake which activities such as water ski-ing and kayaking are held). Although, the pitch now has a special drainage system beneath it, the water may remain for a couple of days. If anyone has any other questions for me about a students point of view, feel free to ask and I will check back here often. I have been through the Primary, Prep, Secondary and now 6th Form and I believe I can give an accurate report about how your child will fair at Harrow.

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