Regent’s International School, Bangkok is one of the leading schools in Thailand.
We are a day and boarding school for 2 to 18 years old, passionate about developing the whole person through academic, physical, cultural and social experiences. We are guided by the British curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) leading to IGCSEs although we go beyond it in many places. Post 16 we adopt the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Programme.
Academic results are excellent; we score some of the best IB results in Thailand and South East Asia. Our students go to some of the best universities in the world and we have a fantastic extra-curricular provision. The school works hard to cultivate a friendly, happy family atmosphere whilst not shirking from hard work and high standards.
Our school vision and mission are closely allied to our status as a Round Square school; we are one of a worldwide network of innovative schools across five continents. Our approach guides students into becoming well-rounded, informed, responsible, principled and confident global citizens. We do this by developing international understanding, empathy and tolerance for all cultures; democratic governance and justice; environmental stewardship; adventure, motivating self-discovery and courage; leadership, with courage and compassion and service to others.
Our greatest accomplishments are measured in the successes of individual students. This will be places at Oxford, Cambridge and other great universities around the globe, world class scores at IB and IGCSE, fabulous concerts, plays and art shows, sports and a commitment to service to others.
Regent’s graduate are more than just successful students. They are a global network of high achieving, caring, global citizens.
A conversation with Mr. Martyn Smith
Firstly, thank you for giving me this opportunity to answer some questions and hopefully let the Regent’s community know a bit more about me. Having been at Regent’s from January 2003 to June 2013 so there are still some staff that know me and I look forward to meeting them again!
Tell us a little about yourself
It is with great pride and anticipation that I take on the role of Principal at Regent’s School, Bangkok. Who would have known that 40 years after graduating as a teacher of History and PE I would have had such a varied career? For nearly 20 years I taught in Nottingham, England. During those 20 years my wife; Lynne and I did two teaching exchanges to Perth and then the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The seed was firmly planted to work abroad. My first post abroad was as Head of a Boy’s School in the UAE. This was followed over 10 years at Regent's where I progressed from Senior Teacher to Deputy Head to Head of Secondary. In 2013 I became Headmaster at Cairo English School. I stayed for 4 years (the longest tenure of any Head!) and then moved as Executive Principal for a Foundation in Shanghai, China overseeing two Yew Wah schools. Now, I am planning my return to Thailand!
What led you to become a teacher and educator?
As a teenager I was sport mad! I loved all sports: Rugby, Athletics, Cricket and Football were my strengths and I wanted to do something involving these in my future career. I did not want to work on my Father’s farm; the black sheep of a farming family! So, it was studying History and PE for me when I went into further education. I actually was inspired by three PE teachers at my school and encouraged by teammates at my rugby club who were also PE teachers.
What makes Regent´s so special that you decided to come back?
Fate and opportunity played their part. There are many positive reasons to return, but it was actually when speaking to Dr.Virachai, who remains so dedicated to the institution he founded, and Mr.Hogan, who was so positive and complimentary about the Regents community, that helped me make the decision. I was fortunate to have a brief visit to Bangkok and was able to see with my own eyes how the school had matured as a centre of learning with dedicated teachers and enthusiastic students. Additionally, I cannot forget that both our children graduated from Regents; my son is now a business analyst and my daughter works for a company that accredits law firms and lawyers worldwide. She puts her IB Spanish to practical use every single day; both are successful alumni! This all makes Regents special to me.
You have experienced many different teaching cultures. How do you adapt to teaching and working in a new country?
I believe that you have to understand the culture you are in with an open mind and not impose systems that worked elsewhere expecting them to be successful. However, my ethos throughout my professional career has always included focus on ”character development, Holistic learning and development of students, providing equal opportunity and ensuring the provision of quality teaching”.
The year 2020 will certainly go down in history. Covid-19 will never be forgotten! I think the manner in which individuals, groups, schools, countries recover after the pandemic is very important and I am looking forward to seeing how it will define us.
Martin Luther King stated that ‘the ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge’. Remembering the words of Kurt Hahn ‘there is more in you than you think’ is vital in these challenging times.
With these two quotes in mind I hope that I can stand with you all to face the challenges in the future and I look forward to meeting you all in August.
We welcome you to visit or contact us at any time.
B.Ed. (Hons.) in Educational Studies, B.Ed. in P.E. & History
OUR VISION: To bring out the best in everyone.
OUR MISSION: To guide students into becoming well-rounded, informed, responsible, principled and confident global citizens. To develop understanding of democratic governance; environmental stewardship; adventure, self-discovery and courage; leadership, compassion and service to others.
Regent's International School aims to create
1. A stimulating environment where students are engaged and inquisitive
2. An academically rigorous environment with a broad and balanced range of disciplines
3. A challenging environment that supports creative and critical thinking
4. An inclusive environment that allows students to grow in confidence
5. A respectful environment that encourages students to listen and consider different views
6. An ethical environment that promotes principles and open-mindedness
7. A culturally rich environment where students appreciate diversity
8. An encouraging environment where students feel safe to learn from mistakes and be courageous
9. A caring environment of compassion and empathy
10. A nurturing environment where students learn to self-reflect
TEACHING AND LEARNING CHARTER
This charter outlines our commitment to the vision of the school and learning. It is based around four key areas:
Leaders in learning
We are committed to our own and each other’s learning to ensure a high standard of teaching practice and a love for learning.
We are committed to developing positive relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the wider community.
We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.
We are committed to ensuring assessment informs and supports teaching and learning.
EXEMPLARY STUDENT CONDUCT
Students at Regent’s International School, Bangkok have an excellent reputation for their behaviour and attitudes in and out school. The school works closely with every individual to help them behave to the highest standards. This approach is defined and promoted though a Conduct Agreement that is signed by every Secondary School student and parent. The same values are also promoted in the Primary School.
Details can be found here
Dr. Virachai Techavijit
The Chairman and Founder of the Regent’s Schools takes a very holistic and balanced approach to education.
He believes the purpose of a school is to give students the chance to experience real-life situations which will require them to exhibit generosity, courage and imagination and which will place demands on the firmness of their resolve and strength of their principles.
“By generosity, I mean that I hope students will have the instincts to help the less fortunate. In terms of courage, the school should be able to take students out of their comfort zone. To stimulate imagination, we should present difficult problems that will allow them to imagine solutions. As for principles, students should always maintain underlying principles such as honesty, truthfulness, punctuality and such. Lastly, resolve; I think this is important because it requires children to look at their own weaknesses every day. Nobody's perfect.”
In 1992 Chairman and founder, Dr. Virachai, armed with his innovative educational visions started The Regent’s School’s story with 32 rental houses in Pattaya, Chonburi. The residents, who were executives of Exxon, Foster Wheeler and Fluor Daniel, inspired him to set up an international school to attract foreign engineers to work in the eastern part of Thailand.
Dr. Virachai started The Regent’s School, Pattaya in 1995 with around 100 pupils. As the school continued to grow and see success in gulf of Thailand he recognised that he could take his experience and provide the same top quality education to students in the Thai capital which he did 4 years later in 1999.
The first Bangkok campus opened near the Thailand Cultural Centre. Then in 2009, as the school grew and welcomed more families into its international community, the second and current Bangkok site was opened near the Japanese School to welcome Early Years and Primary classes. The same year, a Joint Venture Agreement was signed to establish The Regent’s School UK in Diss, Norfolk, not far from Cambridge.
Investment in top quality teachers - who must all possess Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and almost all of whom are British - has been the key to the school’s success. It has resulted in top university destinations including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial College London in the UK and Stanford, Cornell, Wharton and UCLA in the United Sates. In 2014 the student roll registered at 1,100 at Pattaya Campus and 600 at Bangkok of which 10% are boarders mainly international students.
Today the school attracts the children of international royalty and ministers among the 50 boarders here at Bangkok Campus and it hopes to continue to go from strength to strength and maintain its reputation of a top academic international institution in the Thai capital.
How to prepare your children for future
We hire experienced and fully qualified teachers from native-English speaking countries; 80% are from the UK, the rest are from America, Australia and New Zealand. They all possess passion, drive, superior knowledge and teaching expertise in their particular field.
Teaching staff have UK accredited Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We have rigorous selection procedures and a lower staff turnover than most international schools. All teachers come to us with a variety of personal achievements and interests that add greatly to the breadth and depth of our curriculum.
HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY
Regent’s International School Bangkok, in partnership with Bumrungrad International Hospital, are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community. Here are 6 tips to prevent Covid-19 and other viruses. Taking these precautions can safeguard your child/children against illnesses, especially during these trying times.
Bumrungrad International Hospital offers up to 15% discount for Regent’s corporate employees and corporate partner employee family members.
Simply present one of the following :
- Student / Parent ID Card
- Staff ID Card
- Chamber Member Card or Bumrungrad Corporate Member Card
For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us