At Brighton College Bangkok International School, our Senior School is for pupils aged 11 to 18. Starting in Year 7, pupils continue the broad curriculum that they have been following in the Prep School, while beginning to think about their choices for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).
In Year 10, pupils begin to focus on those subjects they will ultimately take examinations in. The IGCSE curriculum is designed specifically for pupils learning in an international community whilst maintaining a strong local context. The specialisation that IGCSE offers enables pupils to develop a deep subject knowledge and will prepare them for the academic challenges of A Level courses in the Sixth Form. The majority of pupils will study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and four ‘option’ subjects, which will be chosen from a wide range of subjects including those they have studied in Year 9. In order to maintain a suitable breadth, pupils will be encouraged to study at least one language, one humanity and one creative subject, although this will not be compulsory as the most important aspect will be that pupils choose according to their strengths, interests and ambition.
At the end of Year 11, pupils sit their IGCSE examinations. Our IGSCE results for 2019/20 were excellent – with 75% A*-A grades.
After IGCSE, pupils enter the Sixth Form, where the majority of pupils study four A-levels, from a choice of 21 different subject choices, with the flexibility to design an individualised programme that reflects their interests, skills and ambitions. AS Level examinations are sat at the end of Year 12, and in 2019/20, our pupils achieved a wonderful 66% of A grades. A Level examinations are then taken at the end of Year 13; their final year at school.
Brighton College Bangkok has a strong focus on academic excellence, and aims to help pupils gain 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. Pupils take an active role in our house-based pastoral care system that reflects the best practice of the leading UK independent schools. The House assembles every morning and meets every afternoon, providing 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. Senior School pupils also have a common room and Sixth Form Centre as a place for private study, socialising and relaxation.
Pupils also enjoy a varied and inspiring extra-curricular programme, with an array of Sports to enjoy, and Performing Arts to partake in. Senior School pupils also get the chance to experience the wider world around them via our trips programme, to 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 ensures that every pupil gets the most out of their time at school and is equipped to go on to live a happy and successful life once they leave our campus.