Parents looking to send their children to an international school based upon the British private school model will have a new choice come September when the Rugby School Thailand opens in Khao Maikaew.
School owner Nataphol Teepsuwan, and Peter Green, director of Rugby School UK, along with founding head Nigel Westlake, and Board of Governors Chair Lucinda Homes, announced the formation of the school during a Jan. 31 news conference at Pattaya’s Dusit Thani Hotel.
Nataphol said Chonburi Province was chosen as the location for the international school as it offered the 187 rai needed and was relatively close to Bangkok.
The school will open in September accepting students in preschool to sixth grade. Later on, grades 7-12 will be offered.
Nataphol said Rugby School Thailand offers a new road of choice for foreigners and Thais interested in sending their children to an international school. It is the first in Khao Maikaew Sub-district.
Rugby School Thailand is affiliated with Rugby School UK, where, legend has it, “In 1823 it is said that, during a game of football at the school, pupil William Webb Ellis caught the ball and, ‘with a fine disregard for the rules…took the ball in his arms and ran with it thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game’.”
Rugby School Thailand founding head, Nigel Westlake said, “Rugby School Thailand’s link with Rugby School in the UK provides us with access to 450 years of educational and pastoral heritage. And Rugby School has recognised, more than any other UK school, that modern education is about ‘the whole person’ – mind, body and spirit, all connected.
“At Rugby School Thailand, therefore, we will reflect this philosophy – for without a healthy body, you will not find a mind that is reaching its potential, and without the right spirit, the right qualities of character, you will not find young people who are at ease with themselves, with others, and with their future in this world.”
For more information, visit http://www.rugbyschoolthailand.com/