I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors, to congratulate HHIS on becoming a formally accredited International School by the Education Development Trust agency from the UK (https://www.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/). This is by any standards, a fantastic achievement in so short a time since the school opened in August 2015.
The accreditation award is the result of a 3-year sustained programme of inspection/advisory visits, followed by a 3-day whole-school inspection by a team of UK Inspectors at the end of May.
It is further recognition of the ground-breaking work undertaken by Julie and her staff in just 3 years, that the accreditation inspection has resulted in the school being awarded Silver Accredited Status. This higher degree of accreditation is awarded when a school is judged to be at least ‘good’ in:
– Children’s standards of achievement
– The quality of teaching and learning and
– The quality of leadership and management.
In summary, Hua Hin now has its first fully licenced and externally accredited International School and more than that, it is achieving far greater results than anyone should reasonably expect of a school at this stage of its development. As a result, all parents can feel assured in the knowledge that HHIS is a school where their children can flourish, be extended, be cared for and feel secure. We are all very proud of this achievement and I’m sure you will want to join us as we extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Julie and her staff for the amazingly professional school that they have created.
The accreditation team’s report was addressed to the Board and the detail will be discussed with within the school, but I think it worth sharing a few of the very positive observations on the school and its work:
– Progress is very good for students who have been in the school the longest, which is indicative of the high-quality teaching they receive. As a result of well-structured teaching and well-targeted support, students of all abilities and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, make good progress across the school.
– Students personal development is good. In all phases of the school, students demonstrate enthusiasm and are very happy at school. They are confident and ambitious learners who are eager to learn.
– Relationships between staff and students and between the students themselves, are highly respectful. Students feel safe in the school and they are happy. They describe how ‘we are a family’. Friendship and mutual respect are strong features of the school.
Teaching and learning
– Teachers have good subject knowledge and teach with confidence. Staff are hard-working, dedicated, passionate and keen to improve.
– A school priority has been to improve the level of challenge for the most able students. Staff development and ongoing support is ensuring that these students are challenged consistently and make the accelerated progress of which they are capable.
Accommodation and resources
– The school provides a wonderful environment for learning. Classrooms are equipped well and are exciting places in which to learn. High staffing levels lead to small class sizes and much personal attention for students.
– Classrooms are of a good size and equipped well. Teachers have turned them into vibrant centres for learning. Staff are deployed well and work hard.
Care for the students
– The school’s provision for ensuring the welfare, health and safety of its students is good. Parents and students express strongly their confidence in the school and its staff. They comment about how staff are always keen to listen to their ideas and that the staff know their children very well.
– Arrangements for safeguarding the students are taken seriously by all staff. Staff receive regular training in matters relating to child protection and the school carries out systematic and rigorous procedures to ensure that incoming staff are suitable for their role.
– The school has a range of policies to ensure that there is a consistent approach across the school to ensuring that students are looked after well. Students feel secure and safe in school because leaders and staff ensure there is a very secure environment for learning.
Leadership and management
– The school’s leadership has made great strides in establishing the school’s success in a short period of time. The school is run in a highly efficient manner. Leadership and management of the school are good.
– The school has a clear philosophy, and this has been communicated well. This is evident in the school’s vision and the emphasis on its core values. Staff and students enjoy being in the school and the school has quickly established loyalty from students, staff and all others associated with the school.
– All staff are accountable, including the Headteacher, whose performance appraisal is undertaken through the school Board. The Board has played an important role in the Governance of the school. Members have a range of valid experience. They have distinct roles and a number are very active in the school. Partnership between the headteacher and the Board is regular and ensures that the school develops quickly and effectively.
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These direct extracts give a wholly accurate summary of the report and I have no doubt that you will agree with me, when I again congratulate the school on an amazingly successful programme of development and achievement.
Annual follow-up visits will continue for the next 5 years, after which, a return accreditation inspection will take place. By then, the school will have seen its first graduates pass on to their post-school lives in university or work that will be another huge time for celebration!
Hua Hin International School