Windfield International School

FAQs
Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions that we receive from prospective families.
What is the application timeline?

Under normal circumstances, parents are usually informed as to whether the application meets the criteria, the student will be invited for assessment and an offer of place is to be made within 3 weeks of application. Different application timelines may apply to certain year groups.  Please note that we will not assess applicants any earlier than 12 months prior to the intended enrolment date, and they will not be offered a place until the school is satisfied that all entry criteria, including successful assessment, have been met. 

What does the entrance assessment involve?
  • Early Years 1: Observation and interview with EY1 Leader/Head of Primary (British Section) (1 hour approx.)
  • Early Years 2: Child observation and interview with EY2 Leader/Head of Primary (British Section) (30 minutes approx.)
  • Years 1 and 2: One-to-one child observation, assessment and interview with KS1 Leader/Head of Primary (British Section) (30 minutes approx.)
  • Years 3 and 6: Written Maths and English tests. Specialist assessment for children whose 1st language is not English. Interview with Key Stage 1 Leader/Head of Primary (British Section)
  • Years 7 and 10: Interview with Head of Secondary (British Section). Written Maths and English tests. Specialist assessment for children whose 1st language is not English. Thai language tests (reading and writing) for Thai Nationals.
  • Year 12: Interview with Head of Secondary (British Section). Review of formal evidence of public examination performance. Testing in subject specific areas as necessary.
Is there a waiting list?

Where an applicant meets the entry criteria but there are no spaces available, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Parents will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available in the appropriate year group. Depending on the time elapsed since the last successful assessment, a further assessment may be required at that time to ascertain the child’s current progress; in these cases, the second assessment will be offered free of charge.

Are siblings admitted automatically?

Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate siblings, entry to Windfield International School is by academic selection and place availability assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What if English is not my child’s first language?

Here at Windfield International School, we offer EAL (English as an Additional Language) to those who need support with the English language. We also have fully trained teachers with experience in teaching EAL students.

What learning support provisions are offered?

If during the course of gathering information, testing and interviews it is suggested that the applicant may have any special educational needs, then advice will be taken from a specialist in discussion with the Head of School as to the progression of the application. The SEN policy will be made available to parents and options discussed. During the course of the internal admissions process, it may become apparent that further assessment by the school or a professionally qualified Educational Psychologist (at cost to parents) is warranted. The information provided will be taken into account in the final decision.

What are the student:teacher ratios and class sizes?

At Windfield International School we pride ourselves on the care we give to students and the partnership we form with parents to allow children to be happy as well as successful. In both academic development and pastoral care, we insist on the highest standards. Our student/teacher ratios are key in supporting these goals at every level in the school.

EARLY YEARS

In our EY1 class there will be no more than 15 to 17 students. There is one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific Early Years qualifications and experience in teaching the Early Years Framework Strategy. The teacher is supported by at least two trained classroom assistants.

In our EY2 class there will be no more than 15 to 18 children. The children are supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific Early Years qualifications and experience in teaching the Early Years Framework Strategy and two trained classroom assistants.

 

YEARS 1 and 2 (KEY STAGE 1)

In each Key Stage 1 class, there are normally between 18 and 22 students. In each Key Stage 1 class children are supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific primary school teaching qualifications and experience and knowledge of the English National Curriculum. Each class has a trained teaching assistant who supports children in all curriculum areas including English as an Additional Language (EAL), Guided Reading and Phonics.

 

YEARS 3 to 6 (KEY STAGE 2)

In Year 3 to Year 6 class sizes are normally 20 to 24. In Year 3 to Year 6 children are supported by one full-time, fully-qualified teacher with specific primary school teaching qualifications and experience. Each class has a trained teaching assistant who supports children in all curriculum areas including English as an

Additional Language (EAL), Guided Reading and Phonics. 

 

YEARS 7 to 9 (KEY STAGE 3)

In Key Stage 3, students move into the departmental system of the Secondary School, with each subject being taught by specialist teachers. Students study 13 subjects each in a programme which provides breadth in learning experience and opportunity, balanced with a rich co-curricular offering. The average class size across the Key Stage is normally between 22 and 24 students per class.

 

YEARS 10 and 11 (KEY STAGE 4)

In Key Stage 4, students are working towards their iGCSE public examinations with Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE) at the end of Year 11. The average class size is normally around 20 students. In many subjects, the number of students per class is even more favourable.

 

YEARS 12 and 13 (THE SIXTH FORM) (KEY STAGE 5)

Students study 3 subjects for their A Levels with an average class size of 10. 

Tutor Groups are kept to approximately 12 students per form and students receive high quality mentoring and higher education careers advice.  

 

Working across the school are an Art and Design technician, a Science technician and a team of administrative and curriculum support staff. 

 

Notes:

The class sizes provided above are indicative, depending on enrolment.

Are classes grouped by ability?

The majority of lessons are taught in mixed ability classes. There are particular subjects where current ability and previous experiences will be taken into account in order that all students can maximise their progress.

Does Windfield International School provide school transport?

We offer a School Bus service to certain parts of the island. The School Bus service is available for students starting in Year 1 to Year 13. Early Years Students must be dropped off and picked up from school by an adult.

Is there a school uniform?

At Windfield International School we pride ourselves on the care we give to students and the partnership we form with parents to allow children to be happy as well as successful. In both academic development and pastoral care, we insist on the highest standards. Our student/teacher ratios are key in supporting these goals at every level in the school.

Are there school meals/lunches/snacks?

We provide your child with all their meal requirements during the day. For the safety of children who have serious allergies (e.g. to dairy, wheat or nuts) we do not allow any food to be brought into school from home.

The class teacher will manage any special dietary requirements based on the information disclosed on the school application form. Staff are well trained in ensuring children get a balanced healthy meal.

The lunch menu has been formulated to ensure:

  • Each child is provided with a balanced nutritious meal. This means each lunch always comprises vegetables, carbohydrate and protein components
  • Food is chosen bearing in mind the sort that children like to eat
  • Children with individual dietary requirements (e.g. Halal, vegetarian, Jain) are catered for

The food is child-friendly i.e. bite-sized, colourful and tasty, whilst avoiding artificial preservatives, colouring, flavour enhancers and a high saturated fat content. Class teachers and assistants place emphasis on encouraging each of their children to eat well and to enjoy mealtimes with one another. On birthdays, please liaise with the class teacher if you would like to bring in a cake or pizza for your child. Please do not hand over food or eat snacks in the garden areas of the school.

Are there guidelines for home learning?

Home learning refers to work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time either on their own or with parents/carers. A well-organised, regular programme of home-learning helps to develop an understanding of lifelong learning as well as reinforcing learning in the classroom. Home learning helps to develop a spirit of enquiry, curiosity and investigation in students. At Windfield International School, home learning is designed to extend the challenges open to students and to complement a full programme of extra-curricular opportunities.  

The following guidelines articulate the school’s broad expectations about the amount of time students might reasonably be expected to spend on home learning and provide a useful framework for parents. However, the precise amount of time spent on home learning is much less important than the quality of the tasks set and the way in which they are planned to support learning.

 

Year Group Time allocation Examples of  home learning 
1 & 2 1 hour per week Daily reading, Spellings and an optional Topic
3 to 6 2 hours per week Daily reading, Spellings and an optional Topic, MfL and Thai
7 to 9 1-1.5 hours per day Allocated by subject in accordance with the home learning timetable published at the start of each academic year and to include reading for pleasure.
10 & 11 2 hours per day Dependent upon the demands of IGCSE subjects and to include wider reading
12 & 13 Variable Dependent upon the demands of A Levels and to include wider reading and university entrance preparation

 

What are the term dates for the school?

The academic year starts on the 30th August 2021 and follows a three term calendar. 

Term 1 starts on the 30th August 2021 and runs until the 10th December. 

Term 2 starts on the 3rd January 2022 and runs until the 8th April.

Term 3 starts from 25th April and the last school day of the academic year is 1st July. 

Download the school calendar here.

What are the age guidelines for entry?

 

Date of birth Age Windfield year group French year group Thai year group
01 September 2003 – 31 August 2004 17-18 Year 13 Terminale (T) M6
01 September 2004 – 31 August 2005 16-17 Year 12 Première (1ère) M5
01 September 2005 – 31 August 2006 15-16 Year 11 Seconde (2nde) M4
01 September 2006 – 31 August 2007 14-15 Year 10 Troisième (3e) M3
01 September 2007 – 31 August 2008 13-14 Year 9 Quatrième (4e ) M2
01 September 2008 – 31 August 2009 12-13 Year 8 Cinquième (5e) M1
01 September 2009 – 31 August 2010 11-12 Year 7 Sixième (6e) P6
01 September 2010 – 31 August 2011 10-11 Year 6 Cours Moyen 2 (CM2) P5
01 September 2011 – 31  August 2012 9-10 Year 5 Cours Moyen 1 (CM1) P4
01 September 2012 – 31 August 2013 8-9 Year 4 Cours Elémentaire 2 (CE2) P3
01 September 2013 – 31 August 2014 7-8 Year 3 Cours Elémentaire 2 (CE1) P2
01 September 2014 – 31 August 2015 6-7 Year 2 Préparatoire (CP) P1
01 September 2015 – 31 August 2016 5-6 Year 1 Grande Section Anuban 3
01 September 2016 – 31 August 2017 4-5 Reception Moyenne Section Anuban 2
01 September 2017- 31 August 2018 3-4 Nursery Petite Section Anuban 1
01 September 2018 – 31 August 2019 2-3 Pre-Nursery Nursery

Get In Touch

Location:
Soi Rungrote Tambon Maret, LAMAI, Surat Thani 84310

Telephone: +66 (0) 77 332 420

Email: [email protected]

School Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

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