In 2017 Pensmith STEM International opened. Find out about our school below.
Mission and Vision
Our vision and mission are to develop globally responsible citizens who are prepared to meet the demands of our changing and developing world.
To do this our community will:
- Be a leader in STEM education
- Instil 21st Century Skills in our community
- Thrive as leaders, innovators and citizens
We believe that through outstanding integrated problem-based learning we will prepare our students for the skills they will need in future jobs and careers.
21st Century Skills and STEM Education
Our focus is on developing 21st Century skills with the integrated learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) alongside English Communication skills. This preparation enables our students to succeed in school, at university and in their future careers.
We believe that through outstanding integrated learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths alongside English Communication Skills in providing the environment, curriculum and 21stCentury learning experiences that will prepare our students with the skills they need to thrive.
What is STEM and why are we focussing on it?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It is much more than that. Learning STEM is a hands-on approach which integrates subjects and skills in their learning experiences. The focus of STEM education is on problem-solving and developing 21st Century skills and preparing our students for the 21st Century economy and to thrive in our ever-changing 21stCentury world.
21st Century Skills
21st Century skills must integrate the core skills that we apply to everyday tasks, an understanding of English, Maths, Science, ICT, and Finance. We believe we must develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, creativity, communication and collaboration skills, as it is these competencies that help us approach complex problems that face the world. Finally, to thrive in our changing environment we believe we must instil the character qualities of curiosity, initiative, persistence, adaptability, leadership and social and cultural awareness.
For security and safety, our campus is a closed campus. Students have access to maintained gardens as well as playground areas for sports and relaxation. At the school entrance, we have a large all-weather sports area marked out for a range of sports. We have a purpose-built play area for kindergarten students.
We have designed our learning spaces with 21st Century learning in mind. These spaces consist of learning areas for the whole class or small group collaboration, alongside breakout areas for individual work.
These spaces are designed to support multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular projects which include for example English, Art, Design, Programming, Computing, Engineering, Science, Maths, and Humanities. Technology is seamlessly integrated into these spaces, with laptops/tablets on hand to complement and enhance the curriculum.
The campus has an all-weather futsal pitch, a multi-purpose surface designed for a range of outdoor sports, basketball and fitness activities and a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, and adjoining smaller pool for our kindergarten students.
Food and Drink Provision
Our school has a dedicated canteen area and snack shop, which offers a wide range of healthy snacks, before school and at our two break times during the day.
Accreditation and Affiliation
The Thai Education Ministry authorizes only 4 organisations, including Education Development Trust to carry out international accreditations. Education Development Trust is a UK based organisation working throughout the UK and internationally in over 40 countries. In the UK, they inspect a third of all UK schools on behalf of OFSTED.
Education Development Trust
Education Development Trust is a world authority on school inspection and evaluation having inspected schools from around the world for over 20 years. Inspections expertise has a significant international footprint and they have worked in partnership with government agencies in countries as diverse as India, Thailand and Jamaica. The accrediting body over this time has changed its name a number of times. Originally called Worldwide Education Service (WES) changed its name to the Centre for British Teacher (CfBT) and in 2016 became the Education Development Trust.
We currently have candidate status, which means we have commenced the 3-year process to become an accredited school with Education Development Trust and the International Schools Quality Mark (ISQM).
The Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (Thai Public Organization) has set up its goals to develop education standards to be used in education quality assurance of all educational institutions throughout Thailand. It is, therefore, mandatory that every educational institution undergo the external quality assessment at least every five years.
The education quality assurance is an educational procedure established to entrust learners, parents, community and society with confidence and assurance that educational institutions will provide them with qualified and standardized education as stipulated by the set-up criteria. The collaboration between state and private sectors will additionally yield an invaluable benefit towards the education quality development and also undoubtedly enhance Thailand’s competitiveness in the world community
Source : http://www.onesqa.or.th/en/profile/977/