About PanyaDee, the British International School of Samui
PanyaDee, the British School of Samui offers preschool, primary and secondary education to children, from both the international community and Thai residents based on the island of Koh Samui. The school is an approved University of Cambridge International Centre and as such follows the Cambridge International Curriculum, it operates as a non-denominational school with English as the primary language of instruction.
Children at the school sit externally marked Cambridge examinations at the primary, lower secondary and IGCSE levels.
How would you rate PanyaDee, the British International School of Samui?
June, 02/04/2021 @ 03:13:59
Music & Arts
Best school on Koh Samui. Over a very difficult period they managed to make sure my three children didn't fall behind. Only school that offers actual teachers for A-levels too.
Love the teachers as they really care and the school continues to develop and grow. I have always felt involved and know if I have any issues I can always speak to the right person to help and support.
Anonymous, 01/07/2020 @ 15:59:12
Music & Arts
The teachers of this school are fantastic. They are all qualified, passionate and caring humans. Contrary to that, the management are abhorrent. They are unqualified, manipulative and money-hungry thugs.
Children are not seen as people, but as dollar signs in the pockets of the owners. Teachers are fired, they quit, and are at odds with their managers constantly, due to the lack of respect or care shown by management.
Two recent examples:
1. A highly qualified and fantastic teacher was hired, and she brought her son and mother to Thailand. While the school promised to pay for her visa, they sent her to Bangkok with the wrong documents, where she was then sent to Surat Thani and had to pay an extortionate bribe to get her visa and remain in the country. Not only did the school not take any responsibility or try to find which member of the office made an error, but they released her in June and took her final paycheck when she spoke up.
2. Due to covid-19, the school went online. Teachers were told clearly and in person that they could travel to a different country and work online. At least two teachers made this decision to get back to the UK and teach online. As soon as they were out of the country, they were released from their contract and were not allowed to continue teaching. They also lost owed holiday pay.
3. (Bad) teachers have come in clearly intoxicated and been allowed to work, in order to keep the school day running 'normally'.
If you do not believe this, I urge you to ask *ANY* teacher at school one of these simple questions, and I guarantee you will hear another story of Panyadee's failure as a company:
"Have any teachers left recently?" "Why?"
"Does your school offer you insurance?"
"Has your headteacher ever lied to the staff?"
As well as this, parents are constantly threatened and over charged. Students with special needs are not catered for, and children with a low level of English are simply told that they will 'pick it up' later in life.
I strongly encourage that you never send your child here, or consider working here.
Have two children at the school and very happy with all aspects of the school. The move to modernise the communication between the school and parents is great, really excited by the parents and student portals. Best school on Samui.
Good school in terms of learning and treating the kids BUT keep in mind that once you enroll, they are very very very greedy.
Fees goes up more than 8%, yearly then on top they charge for FREE application from Google, they charge absurd amount for studying portal, school uniforms/PE uniform (if you buy same uniform at 50% outside your child will be send away). AND they say, quote: "This is not to make extra money..."
In short, prepare to be very annoyed by the school unacceptable greediness and unwilling to be fair money wise, and unwilling to hear any complains. Having saying all that its a good school that give bad feeling to the payers, and that is wrong!!!
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