The Secondary School at Bangkok Patana School is an enthusiastic and energetic environment with a diversity of choices aimed at fulfilling the school's mission of providing a well-rounded education. We place an emphasis on academic rigour and a pastoral system which offers strong support and encourages students to do their best, to meet challenges and develop independence.
Students enter the Secondary School from the age of 11 and in Years 7, 8 and 9 - collectively referred to as Key Stage 3 - follow a course of study which provides a broad and balanced range of learning experiences. The content of the National Curriculum is modified to take account of our position in South East Asia, but the basic skills and concepts remain the same.
Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a two-year programme leading to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or its international equivalent, the IGCSE. The subjects available to students Key Stage 4 students have been selected with the intention of providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which provides an excellent foundation for the Senior Studies progamme.
In Senior Studies, Years 12 and 13, students follow the International Baccalaureate programme. This course of study offers students the opportunity to study the highly acclaimed IB Diploma Programme or individual IB certificates which are widely recognised throughout the world as an entrance qualification for universities and colleges of higher education.
The school day runs from 7.40am until 2.30pm and is divided into eight periods of 40 minutes, with two break times for eating or recreation. Students meet with their tutors twice each day at morning and afternoon registration. The Extra Curricular Activities programme operates Monday to Friday after school.
The Secondary Library offers books and other media to support the wide ranging curriculum. To support literacy development, a varied fiction section, together with information books and magazines, DVDs and CDs, cater for students' recreational needs. The informative library website offers exclusive links for students to quality text databases (which are not available on the free Web). The library provides space for students to study and acts as a focus for the development of information-handling skills. Classes may visit the library but students are also encouraged to drop into the library at breaks, lunchtime and after school.