AQA - OXFORD INTERNATIONAL AQA EXAMINATIONS
CIS - COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
CIE - CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
Bloomsbury International School, Hatyai is a proud member of the CIE network and approved to offer and examine CIE qualifications up to A level since February 2016.
Who are Cambridge International Examinations?
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. CIE are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. Their international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, they devote their resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.
CIE’s programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.
Their mission is to provide educational benefit through provision of international programmes and qualifications for school education and to be the world leader in this field. Together with schools, we develop Cambridge learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged, ensuring they are well equipped for success in the modern world.
Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from 10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge.
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ISAT - INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND
Bloomsbury International School, Hatyai is a full member of ISAT since 2015 and regularly attends conferences and supports education development in Thailand.
The International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) was initially established in 1994 to be a link between its five member schools and the Thai Ministry of Education. Today, with 120 member schools, it works with all of the government ministries to build understanding of the benefits of international education in Thailand. However, ISAT is more than just a link between schools and government. Whilst it continues to promote quality international school education, it also goes beyond its own member schools to foster quality education in all schools in Thailand. In that sense, ISAT has become a driving force for high education standards in the Kingdom.
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IQA - INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE
The Office of the Private Education Commission (OPEC), Ministry of Education, visits private international schools to assess quality in all areas including strategic and action planning, curriculum development, student learning, student life, use of ICT for educational and administrative purposes, human resources and financial management, governance, and quality assurance and accreditation systems.
In June 2016 IQA carried out its first visit of Bloomsbury International School, Hatyai. The visit was part of the OPEC regulations, which requires that all private schools undergo an ‘Internal Quality Assurance (IQA)’ process which includes the setting up of an IQA committee within schools whose role is to assess the quality of the school’s performance over the previous academic year, outline the development goals for the following year, and provide OPEC with an annual IQA report that is shared with the community as appropriate. As part of this process, OPEC will send a three person IQA assessment team to visit international schools, once every three years.
Bloomsbury achieved a score of 96/100, which is a great achievement for a school just finishing its first full year of operation.