WES, a relatively small organisation, was then taken over by one of the largest education training and inspection organisations in the UK- CfBT. This organisation later changed its name to The Education Development Trust. They have inspected our school for the last six years through a very rigorous self-assessment, monitoring and evaluation cycle, which is repeated every three years. During an accreditation, a team of education experts visits the school, spending a week reviewing the self-assessment report that the school produces against their strict criteria. Observing the practise in classrooms, play and sports grounds and offices of the school allows them to make informed judgements to reach a final decision. For the last six years, in all areas of the accreditation inspection, the team stated that our school was outstanding.
Alongside the international accreditation, a new inspection was created by the British Ministry of Education for British International schools called the British Schools Overseas Award. We were very keen to invite a team of experts to visit our school to review our practice against British standards. As a school, we strongly believe in striving to improve, and we do not rest on our laurels. Instead, we always try to develop, to be reflective and aim to create the best learning environment for each child. Therefore, we also undertook this inspection to ensure our standards of learning and assessment were equivalent to what one would find in a British independent school based in England.
In 2012, St Andrews International School was the first school in Thailand to be awarded the prestigious British Schools Overseas Award at the outstanding level. We were again judged to be outstanding in 2018.
This accreditation self-review cycle has also been undertaken jointly with the Thai assessment body- ONESQA. On each inspection, have had a team of their inspectors in school during each of our full accreditation visits. This means we have also been fully accredited by ONESQA and the Ministry of Education in Thailand.
Over the 16 years that many of my senior management team and I have been together at the school, we have been proud to have been externally accredited, placing us on par with British schools around the globe. Our school has had to go through a series of rigorous inspection programmes to attain this approval to deliver each of the high-quality British courses we currently offer.
We are an examination centre for the Cambridge International and Edexcel Examination Boards. Recently, we have extended this further by becoming an AQA examination centre. This means that we can offer an even wider choice of external IGCSE and GCSE examination courses taken at the start of Year 10. The final grades students received being seen by other schools and universities alike as standards of excellence. These courses are examined at the end of Year 11 and marked externally to the school by the examination boards.