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.
Ekaterina, 21/09/2020 @ 04:17:35
Music & Arts
You need some drama? They got it. At Mangosteen drama studio.
It is absolutely unprofessional and inappropriate to criticize and reject kids in front of all of the other parents and children in the class. Doesn't matter what. It is the obvious law for teachers. If for some reason you are not able to teach someone, you should say that personally to a parent.
My daughter (and a few little kids more) was stressed so much after that. Even today she cried so hard, so I decided to write this review, to warn other parents to avoid this so-called teacher.
Well, maybe you can't cope with two languages (English and Russian) at a time, as it was promoted, but why to blame the non-English-speaking kid for questions? On the very first lesson? When you invite kids to your studio and promote it as a place to improve English and become more confident, why do you bully them? Casting was mentioned only for the "Purple" (the main) group, not for beginners.
Maybe you are professional as an actor or a stage director, but if you don't have a sense of teacher's ethics and knowing of kid's psychology better stay away from our little treasures, we raise them not to feed your ego on the stage.
So I'm actually lucky to see who you are in the very first class. Despite it is unsatisfying and disturbing to pay 300 thb for my daughter's trauma. Maybe I'll afford this kind of experience (with the proper explanation to my kid, that it is CASTING) for some great theater, like Bolshoi or New York Opera or whatever, but not for this village club. Great chance to dive into Soviet school atmosphere for adventure-lovers, though.
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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