Wellington College, a long-established educational institution from the UK, is set on opening a new Bangkok campus sometime in 2018, which will be its first campus in the country, and marks the college’s entry into the ASEAN region. This new campus will afford students in the Thai capital a new place to study the British curriculum in Bangkok.
The co-ed school advertises a focus on child-teaching in an open learning environment, which it says is aimed at encouraging students to find out for themselves what piques their interests and stokes their passions through a number of activities, all to prepare for the 21st century.
The first phase of the new campus is set to be ready for the August of 2018, and will accommodate local students as well as other enrollees from across the region. Construction is currently underway, and the campus is reportedly 40% complete. If the schedule holds, the school will be completed and operational by August 2018.
The development is located on KrungthepKreetha Road, on a 50 rai/19.8 acre plot with considerable flora space, and is located midway from the city centre and the airports. The construction project is reported to cost around Bt2.5B.
The first phase of operations will have the school accommodating pre-nursery up to Year 6, with Year 7 to 12 handled once the school goes to full operations by 2020. The school is expected to hold approximately 1,500 students.
Chairman DarikaLathapipat, of Wellington College International School Bangkok’s Board of Governors said that this development was supported by the recent rising trend of foreign direct investments in Thailand, as well as the exponential growth of international schools across the country in recent years, which, according to him, shows a high-demand market.
The Wellington College International School Bangkok will be an opportunity to study the British curriculum in Bangkok as it will follow the model set by the campus in Berkshire, England, offering a British curriculum that aims to uphold their emphasis on ‘child-centred teaching methodsin a positive environment’.
Darika says that the new campus will be aimed at families in Bangkok and its immediate vicinity, with tuition fees starting at Bt475,000 a year, which he says is cheaper than going overseas for education.