Q+A: Varee Chiangmai International School
Varee International School in Chiangmai, Thailand, is a modern British-curriculum school for students aged three to 18. Here the school answers our questions and takes us on a virtual tour...
What happens when parents visit the school?
Parents meet at our main office and are taken on a campus tour. They will then meet the international admissions team to answer all their questions and schedule a placement test, if they wish to do so at this point.
What do you do to help children settle in?
Students are given a buddy who will take care of them on their first day, until they make new friends. Homeroom teachers are also very involved in helping new students settle into the routines of Varee International.
What accreditations do you have?
The school is accredited by the Education Development Trust, a UK non-profit organisation awarding the International Schools Quality Mark. We are also registered and accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education and the Office of the Private Education Commission.
What assessments are required to enrol?
Placement tests vary according to the year group a new student will enter. All students take an English placement test. Primary and Secondary students take a Mathematics placement test and Secondary students take a Science Placement test.
Why should I send my child to your school?
Varee International is a unique school, where students study the UK international curriculum with international teachers, while also learning and experiencing Thai culture within the larger school setting.
What curriculum do you follow?
We follow the UK curriculum in Primary. In Key Stage 3 our students follow the Cambridge Checkpoint curriculum, in Key Stage 4 they work towards the Cambridge International IGCSE examinations and in the Sixth Form they study for the A Level examinations.
How have you adapted the curriculum to suit your location/country?
We have adapted the History and Geography curriculum in Primary and Key Stage 3 to include local history and geography.
How can you ensure continuity if my child moves between countries?
As students study an internationally recognised curriculum, they are able to move with ease to different schools around the world which follow the UK curriculum.
What languages do you offer?
All students study English and Thai. In Key Stage 2, students learn beginner Chinese. From Key Stage 3 up, students have the option to take Mandarin or German.
How large are the classes in your school?
Our Early Years phase has a maximum of 20 students per class. Our Primary and Secondary have a maximum of 25 students per class.
What is the background of your teaching staff?
All our teachers are qualified in their home country. The majority of them are from the UK, as well as some from other English-speaking countries.
How do you support pupils who are struggling, and how do you challenge the more able?
All classes are differentiated in order to stretch more able students and to support those who need it.
How are pupils with English as an additional language supported?
Students have to pass the minimum entry requirement for English in order to be accepted into the school. However, should a particular student not make the expected progress in acquiring English, we do have an ESL support team who will work with these students to help them develop their English Language. This does come at an additional cost.
How often are parents invited to parents’ evenings?
Parent–teacher conferences take place twice a year. However, our teachers are always available for parents to set up appointments outside the normal conference slots.
How often do parents receive written reports?
Progress reports are sent home at the end of each semester. Each quarter, parents receive an update on the academic progress of their child.
Do you have an annual production?
Our students participate in the Varee Chiangmai School’s annual performance, as well as our annual Christmas play and end-of-year performance.
Do students have the opportunity to participate in Model United Nations (MUN)?
Our Secondary students participate in MUN twice a year with the other international schools in Northern Thailand.
Do you have a swimming pool on site?
The school has a 50m swimming pool, and swimming is offered as part of our Physical Education Programme.
How do most children travel to and from school?
Most parents bring their children to school themselves. There is also a local minivan service that has certain routes which parents can use for school transportation.
Do you have a cafeteria?
Yes, the school offers a canteen with on average ten food vendors offering a variety of meals, as well as a mini-market on site, where students can buy snacks at break times.
Do most children bring in packed lunches or eat from the cafeteria?
Most children buy their lunch at the canteen, with just a small number bringing in their own packed lunches.
Do you have a ‘House’ system?
Yes, all students are divided into one of four houses, and compete for points in different school competitions.
How do you tackle bullying?
We have a zero tolerance towards bullying, and our school counsellor and homeroom teachers work very closely with the students and subject teachers to educate our students about bullying issues.
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