Brighton College to open outpost in Bangkok

The Telegraph, 10/02/15, one of the UK's top independent schools plans will bring a taste of British education to Thailand. HMC member Richard Cairns, Headmaster of Brighton College and HMC member schools Bromsgrove SchoolDulwich CollegeEpsom CollegeHarrow SchoolMarlborough College, Repton School, Sherborne SchoolShrewsbury School and Wellington College are referenced.

Brighton College is preparing to open the latest in a series of planned international sister institutions.

Income from the outpost in Bangkok, set to open in 2017, will help fund new buildings, bursaries and scholarships at the original college, founded in 1845.

The institution won the UK Independent School of the Year award last year and was named in a recent league table as England’s top performing major private school when it comes to exam results.

Its headmaster, Richard Cairns, has been instrumental in encouraging Brighton College to look to Thailand for its first school in Asia after two successful openings in Abu Dhabi.

He said: “What strikes me about Bangkok is that there is a huge demand for a school where children are genuinely inspired to be the best that they possibly can be.”

Bangkok is already home to three high-profile international schools – Harrow, Shrewsbury and Bromsgrove.

Mr Cairns said: “We have a track record of securing places at top UK and US universities that no other UK curriculum school in Thailand possesses. And we want to replicate that in Thailand for the benefit of both Thai and expatriate children.”

The school is set to open in August 2017 at Krungthep Kreetha, 15 minutes from the centre of the city. The 16-acre purpose-built campus will house a pre-prep, a prep school and a senior school and will cater for 1,500 boys and girls aged three to 18.

Children who attend the school will study the same curriculum as in the UK.

Mr Cairns (pictured left) said proceeds from the Thai school will be ploughed back into a bursary and scholarship fund for families who want to send their children to the original Brighton College on the south coast, where fees are around £17,000 per year.

“I am determined to find alternative sources of income so that we can keep school fees down and better support those here in the UK who would benefit from a Brighton education but cannot currently afford one,” he explained.

Brighton College has plans in the pipeline to open additional branches in Asia, South America and the Middle East over the next 10 years.

A study in 2013 found that British schools based overseas contribute almost £1 billion in revenue to the UK economy.

Marlborough College has a school in Malaysia and Wellington College has outposts in Shanghai and Tianjin, China. Dulwich College has branches in Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul and Beijing. Harrow has opened in Beijing and Hong Kong in addition to its Bangkok school. Another branch is due to open in Shanghai in 2016. Meanwhile Sherborne has a school in Qatar, Epsom College in Kuala Lumpur and Repton School in Abu Dhabi.

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