Bromsgrove International School was founded in 2002 under the name of Windsor International School and owned by Windsor Education Co. Ltd. The first phase of construction was at Soi 164 Ramkhamheang Road, Minburi, in Eastern Bangkok. A new building was opened in September 2004 to meet the demand from Early Years and Primary students wishing to enroll at the school.
In 2004 Oriental Siam (1978) Co. Ltd became the majority shareholder and also provided the financial support to enable the school to become one of the top international schools in Thailand. In April 2004 the School became affiliated to the prestigious Bromsgrove School UK and changed its name to Bromsgrove International School Thailand. Bromsgrove School UK was founded over 500 years ago and is a leading co-educational independent day and boarding school for some 1,500 pupils and has a world-wide reputation for achieving high academic standards and enjoying considerable distinction in Sport, Music and the Arts.
In the same year the building of the new prestigious Primary and Secondary campus at Windsor Park Golf Club commenced, a site located just 20 minutes from the Ramkhamhaeng Road Campus. The Ramkhamheang Campus was then converted to an Early Years campus for children aged 2 to 7.
Over the next two years, pupil numbers increased rapidly with students originating from both the local Bangkok and wider South East Asian regional markets. This led the school to open its new world -class boarding facilities in January 2006. New boarding students from Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong and Australia broadened and added to the growing diversity of the student body. Also in 2006, another milestone in the school’s history was reached when we became an accredited University of Cambridge (CIE) examination centre.
Over the next few years both day and boarding pupil numbers continued to rise with a wide representation of both local and international students. The school continued to cement its position in the international schools market as a school with outstanding academic and sporting achievements, including producing a number of world class golfers going on to win a number of prestigious events; joining the top-league schools for sporting competitions through the BISAC group (Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference) and becoming a member of the BSA (Boarding Schools Association) in the UK.
In 2008 a custom built boarding house was completed, with accommodation for a further 100 students in our boarding section of the school. Windsor House was opened initially to accommodate boys and girls on separate floors. Also during this year, our first cohort of students sat the IGCSE examinations achieving excellent results across every subject. Also during this year BIST formed an affiliation with Daewon Foreign Language School, the leading private foreign language high school in South Korea. Korean teachers were recruited to deliver a Korean after school programme and a significant number of high calibre Korean students were attracted to BIST as a result of this new affiliation.
In August 2008 BIST opened its Sixth Form offering a wide range of academically rigorous and challenging subjects. The Sixth Form attracted a number of global students from an extensive region, including Australasia, Asia and Eastern Europe.
In 2009 a Board of Governors was constituted, including a number of independent members, to give strategic assistance and support to the Headmaster. To help strengthen the links with Bromsgrove School UK, Mr Jon Wingfield joined BIST, on secondment from Bromsgrove School UK as Headmaster for the academic year starting in August 2010.
With the sustained growth in our boarding numbers our second boarding house, Tudor House, opened in February 2011 and was our first girls-only boarding house, meaning that Windsor House became a dedicated house for boys. Towards the end of the year BIST became a fully accredited member of the Council of International Schools, giving the school an external benchmark of quality assurance. During the CIS accreditation visit the visiting team commented that the school had many outstanding features, including world-class boarding facilities.
In August 2011, Mr Steve Challoner, a senior member of staff from Bromsgrove School UK took over from Jon Wingfield as Headmaster.
In August 2012 BIST was proud to see its first school graduate going to Oxford University in England along with many other students who studied at other top universities in the UK and the rest of the world. The school continues to gain reputation for its academic excellence, professional teaching staff, outstanding facilities and boarding ethos.
In August 2014, Dr Dan Moore became the latest Headmaster at BIST. Dr Moore joined BIST from Dulwich College, Seoul where he was the Head of Senior School. In addition, Dr Moore brings a wealth of international school leadership to BIST, having worked overseas in a range of both day and boarding schools across three continents, since 2001.
Finally, we look forward to the upcoming opening of our new state-of-the-art THB 100 Million Performing Arts Centre on our Windsor Park campus during Term 1 of the 2014/15 academic year. This wonderful new facility will further enhance the world-class music and drama programmes at BIST, with its students using the centre for both curriculum lessons and music/drama performances. This new facility is testament to the Board’s ongoing commitment to financially invest in and support the school in its continuing development and growth.