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While Bangkok remains the centre of Thailand’s buoyant international education sector, with as many as 150 international schools located in and around the capital, demand for high quality English language education is driving the sector’s growth throughout the country, with regional hubs such as Phuket and Chiang Mai experiencing significant growth.

The growth of the international education sector in Northern Thailand can be attributed to the growing aspirations of the region’s middle classes, the perceived inadequacies of the national education systems, the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), in which English is recognized as the economic bloc’s official language, and more recently, demand from Asia-Pacific students opting to learn at international schools in Thailand. Of the international programmes on offer, schools providing a British-based curriculum are proving to be among the most popular, possibly as a result of the association with world renowned academic institutions such as Cambridge University and the fact that IGCSEs and A Level qualifications are accepted by top universities across the world.

In response to the ever growing demand from expatriates and local families, Varee Chiangmai International School, in Northern Thailand, is opening a new international Early Years and international primary school this year, to compliment the already successful international secondary school which opened in 2010. Founder and director of Varee School, Ajarn Varee Patravanich, who opened her first kindergarten in 1978, decided to expand the international school to empower more students with a world-class standard of education and support the growing number of local and foreign parents who realise the need for 21st century learners to receive a fully international education.

Varee Chiangmai International School is located near the centre of Chiang Mai. The school is well-equipped with the latest educational resources, led by a team of dedicated educators and fully accredited by Cambridge International Examinations and the UK-based Education Development Trust. The school’s international curriculum is based on the British education system, from Early Years to Sixth Form, offering Cambridge International Examinations’ IGCSEs at Year 11 and A Levels at Year 13.

Following the school’s educational vision of providing ‘An Education beyond Tomorrow’, the educators at Varee International strive to empower students with an education which will prepare them to succeed in the increasingly challenging environment of the 21st Century. Educational programmes at Varee International focus on developing higher order thinking skills and positive habits to ensure students mature to be healthy young adults with good social skills and strong academics.

Set on 20 acres of land, Varee Chiangmai International School provides a spacious environment, with ample space for students to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities. The excellent facilities at Varee International support the delivery of an innovative education, utilising state of the art facilities such as multimedia-computer labs, fully equipped science laboratories, a well-stocked modern library, smartboards in all classrooms and sporting facilities which include a 50m swimming pool.

For families looking for educational alternatives to Bangkok’s international schools, a visit to a top quality institution in Northern Thailand is strongly advised. For more information about Varee Chiangmai International School, visit the school’s website, or email the international department directly to make an appointment and visit the school in person.

international@varee.ac.th

www.international.varee.ac.th

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About Maxwell

Daniel is an English Literature graduate from the University of London who has spent the past 20 years living and working in Southeast Asia. Passionate about education, health care, sustainable development, equality and human rights, Daniel is a regular contributor to Asian Correspondent, Ajarn, The Educator and Bangkok Post.

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