Academic rigour, individual care and a broad and balanced education in an inspirational environment.
Pupils move into the Senior School in Year 9 and begin to focus on IGCSE courses. The curriculum they follow is academically rigorous and designed specifically for pupils learning in an international community whilst maintaining a strong local context. Initially they maintain the breadth of the Prep School curriculum before moving into Year 10 when they begin concentrating on those subjects they will ultimately take IGCSE examinations in. This specialisation enables pupils to develop the knowledge and subject specific skills that will help them achieve A* and A grades and effectively prepare them for the academic challenges of A-level courses in the Sixth Form. At the end of Year 11, the pupils will sit their IGCSE examinations and begin the transition into the Sixth Form. In Year 12, most pupils will concentrate on four subjects and further deepen their skills and understanding in preparation for university study. A-level examinations are then taken at the end of Year 13; their final year at school.
Brighton College Bangkok aims to equip pupils with the best set of qualifications of which they are capable, however this is not at the expense of the wider development of the individual pupil and the curriculum takes places amidst an outstanding, house-based, pastoral care system that reflects the best practice of the leading UK independent schools. All pupils are members of one of four Houses; smaller communities within the College that enable us to deliver the kind of pastoral care that really does focus on the individual rather than offering a one-size fits all solution. Brighton College uses the house system to foster a sense of community; older pupils enjoy opportunities for greater responsibility as they share their own experiences to help support the younger members of their House, in addition to the tutor and Houseparent. Good pastoral care is not just an ‘add on’ or something that happens when things go wrong. The House assembles every morning and meets every afternoon, provides a physical base that forms the hub of every part of their College lives; pupils will return to the House base to socialise, work or meet with staff whenever they are free of timetabled commitments. Within the House, tutor groups are small and relationships are warm and open. The House also strengthens our essential links with parents and carers, providing a convenient point of contact with the College and the ‘big picture’ of how their child is progressing. We report on every pupil’s academic progress and attitude to learning each month and the House tutor comments and places this progress in the wider context of their overall development. The sense of House spirit and camaraderie pervades everything they do, from simply supporting their Housemates around school to preparing for one of the many House competitions that occur throughout the year.
The expression ‘holistic education’ is often used by schools as a tag-line to describe their extra-curricular programme. At Brighton College we understand that one cannot develop all of the skills one needs for university life, and beyond, within the confines of the classroom, and pupils achieve greater academic success if their school experience is balanced, they are given opportunity to explore new areas of interest and are encouraged to excel in areas of strength. This includes, but does not end with, a varied and inspiring extra-curricular programme. Yes, pupils will be able to enjoy success in sport, music, drama, debating amongst a vast array of other opportunities, but they will also get the chance to experience the wider world around them via our trips programme, help others through charities and community service, and develop leadership skills in every area of school life.
In short, the Senior School at Brighton College Bangkok is about ensuring every pupil gets the most out of their time at school and is equipped to go on to live a happy and successful life.