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British International School Phuket to remain independent

PHUKET: The potential lease of the British International School Phuket to institutional group Nord Anglia Education will not go ahead, reports Bill Barnett, Managing Director of hospitality consultancy C9 Hotelworks.

Friday 28 October 2016, 08:54AM


British International School, Phuket is to remain independent, CEO Apiwat Ourairat announced in a letter issued this week.
British International School, Phuket is to remain independent, CEO Apiwat Ourairat announced in a letter issued this week.

The school’s CEO, Apiwat Ourairat, announced in a letter issued this week, “It was felt, at this point, that to continue as an independent institution would be in the best interests of the school,” Mr Barnett reported late yesterday (Oct 26). (See report here.)

In full, the letter said:

Dear Members of the BISP Community,

I wish to inform you all that following a long period of negotiation with Nord Anglia Education, the Board of Governors has decided not to pursue the lease agreement.

It was felt, at this point, that to continue as an independent institution would be in the best interests of the school. Consequently, the Headmaster has been asked to develop a new strategic plan for the development of the school programmes and facilities, which will ensure BISP’s position as a leading educational institution for well into the future. The Board is committed to work together closely with the Executive Committee to ensure that the school is equipped with everything it needs to achieve this.

I would like to thank the entire community for its patience while the Nord Anglia offer was being examined in detail, and I regret any anxiety or uncertainty that this may have caused over the past few months. In particular, I would like to thank all members of staff of the school for their continued professionalism during this extended period.

Finally, please accept my assurance that the Board of Governors is fully committed to the school, and shares the Headmaster’s determination to build upon its strong reputation for educational leadership within the region.”

Lemongrass House

British International School, Phuket Headmaster Neil Richards explained to The Phuket News, “From my point of view, I believe that the school as an independent institution has far greater flexibility to respond to local circumstances and opportunities, and we will continue to develop our unique educational programme for the students.

“I am really looking forward to re-energising the school and implementing a whole range of ideas and innovative approaches that were put on hold over the past year. It is a very exciting time for us at BISP.”

Earlier this year BIS announced it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was entering a period of due diligence with the group, but at the end of the day the island’s largest international school has opted to remain independent. (See story here.)

Nord Anglia is a global firm focused on international institutions with 42 located across the globe. In Thailand their network includes St Andrews International School Bangkok and Regents International School Pattaya.

Other Asian operations are located in Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore, while on a broader basis their footprint covers the US, Switzerland, Spain and the Middle East.

Nord Anglia, founded in the UK, is now headquartered in Hong Kong and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

 

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Andy | 28 October 2016 - 12:30:55

BIS is a good school and headmaster Neil Richards is superb. I suspect the real reason this lease will not go ahead is money, i.e. not enough for the present owners.

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