Harrow International School Bangkok: Celebrating 20 Years in Thailand

June 01, 2018

Harrow International School Bangkok: Celebrating 20 Years in Thailand

When Harrow Bangkok opened its doors in 1997, we were one of the first British independent schools to make a foray into foreign lands. Two decades on, we celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

Life for Harrow Bangkok started in a riverside condominium. A small group of adventurous teachers and intrepid students opened a pre-Harrow language centre. The Harrow hats, houses and traditions were yet to come, but, even in these early days the Harrow spirit was strong. The Thai economy had just collapsed; the country was in turmoil. Success was far from certain, survival relied on goodwill and hard work.

In 1998 we moved to Bangkok Gardens, another condominium. The corridors may have been more clinical than cloistered, our games ‘field’ a carpark, and our boarding ‘houses’ a few bedrooms, but we did now bear the Harrow name. The strength of the name was immediately evident. Our roll quickly grew to 800.

After five years, in 2003, we moved to our current site in Don Muang. For the first time in the school’s history we had space, and lots of it. To this day our lakeside location sets us apart; unique to Bangkok we are able to offer fresh air, greenery and open games fields. On this site our roll has grown from 800 to just under 1,600. A few statistics illustrate the extent of this growth; in 2003: we had fewer than 50 Early Years children, today 260; we had 22 boarders, today 136; our Upper Sixth class had 13 students enrolled, today 113.

Today and the school has never been stronger. The start of the year marked our best ever examination results and our most successful batch of university entries. We have celebrated the opening of our new Creative Performing Arts centre, new Library spaces, two new Design & Technology labs, and several new outdoor spaces. We also took delivery of a Steinway Concert Grand piano, the only school in Thailand to enjoy an instrument of such prestige.

As we begin our twentieth year we proudly reflect on our journey to date. In 1997, we were a small start-up school in a frontier market. Today we are an established world-class school, recognised as one of the best in Asia.

Whether as a partner, supplier or school parent if you would like to be part of the next phase of our journey, contact our Director of Development liz_h@harrowschool.ac.th