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Class of 2020... Congratulations to our first Sixth Form cohort!

Our founding group of Sixth Form have had an exceptionally eventful two years and the resilience and determination they have shown has been, by all measures, remarkable. The progress they have made in the two years they have been with us has been astounding. By way of example, two students who spoke little English when they arrived are securing A’s & A*’s at A-level. To see this cohort of students develop into rounded, confident and mature individuals has been one of the most gratifying times in my career. We are all incredibly proud of what they have achieved. The offers they have gained reflect the hard work they have put in, both academically and in the broader life of the school. The group has demonstrated responsibility to future generations of Sixth Form by setting a culture of determination, leadership, independence and excellence. Importantly, we’ve also had a great deal of fun along the way! The outcomes they will be rewarded with are nothing less than they deserve.

For this cohort, classes were exceptionally small with the average class being around three students. Tutor groups were of a similar size. This meant that we could offer a completely bespoke journey to each student. Any weaknesses in study skills, organisation or motivation were identified quickly and overcome. With the extended school day, we were able to offer a tailored programme that best suited the application criteria for the university and course each student wanted to apply to. For students who required it, there was an abundance of additional support. Students who wanted to pursue film or fashion were able to spend structured time developing portfolios, with service or charitable activities arranged around this. For example, one student arranged a fashion show for their service, which directly added to their university portfolio. Students are able to design their own clubs and activities and lead them for younger children. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles and display independence, which has led to a proliferation of charitable events and activities.

Excellent achievements from the class of 2020

88% of our UCAS applicants secured an offer from a Russell Group university

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Average of 4 university offers per student

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Offers from 2 of Australia's top universities

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Student applications to 4 continents.

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Business & Economics Offers

Our first cohort has proven to be an exceptionally entrepreneurial group. The eight business and economics students applying to university have so far achieved 30 offers between them. Thirteen of these are at Russell Group universities and include London School of Economics (ranked sixth in the world for economics). They have offers for two of the top five Australian universities and the highly prestigious Seoul university.

These offers are no surprise. Aside from the excellent academic results they have achieved, business and economics students have been involved in setting up over fifteen different businesses, raised hundreds of thousands of Baht for charity and conducted practical projects in marketing and human resources. Most have completed work experience, where they have been able to practically demonstrate leadership and independence – traits universities across the world look for.

To demonstrate their commitment, whilst most students are enjoying an extended summer break, our students have decided to undertake an additional academic project. They are currently completing an undergraduate level project in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, Malaysia, on topics such as: ‘The Impact Of Leadership On Business Outcomes’, ‘A Study Mathematically Analysing Option Trading Strategies ’, ‘A Historical Study Of Keynesian Responses To Economic Crises’ and ‘The Impact Of Market Structure On Competition’. Our business and economics students have not only secured offers to great universities but they will be in pole position to excel when they arrive.

Offers for London School of Economics and Seoul University

Our head boy, Sung Eun has secured offers to read economics from the London School of Economics (ranked sixth in the world for this subject) and the highly prestigious Seoul University, amongst others.

Sung Eun won the ‘Best in Thailand’ prize for AS Economics, has a perfect score in all but one maths exam and was highly commended for his music AS. What sets Sung Eun apart is the broad range of activities he was able to discuss in his applications. From setting up the school charity and helping to organise multiple fundraising events, to house sport and the leadership he displayed in organising the student council, Sung Eun was able to demonstrate his all-round ability.

A Bespoke Journey For All

A university place is not an outcome, but a step on the journey. Whilst we are extremely proud of the excellent offers our students have received – and the places they will be securing – we want more for them. We want our students to be ready to make the most of university life when they arrive. We focus on career outcomes, of which university is a part. We place importance on developing character, producing rounded and confident individuals who are able to persevere through challenges. The rigorous academic side of life here is balanced with a variety of activities, from sport to house competitions and charity fundraising, to mention a very few. At Rugby School Thailand, the whole person really is the whole point.

“Our philosophy is to get students into the university that fits them best. Then to make sure they have all the skills needed to excel when they are there.”

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"‘University is part of the journey not the destination."
Lee May
Head of Sixth Form

Get ready for University Course

During the course of their time in 6th form our students have undertaken a course to ready them for all aspects of university life. The course included healthy eating, cooking, budgeting, student finance, accommodation and in the final 3 weeks, a course to ready them for the academic challenges they will face.

This academic course is an undergraduate level mini-dissertation where students are learning how to research, plan projects, set research questions, define the scope of a project, academically reference, use spreadsheets and give multimedia presentations. Lectures from Bath university and Nottingham university, Malaysia have supplemented lectures from RST staff. Each student has at least 2 tutorials each week to help them keep on track.

A-Level Preparation Course

Before starting in our Sixth Form we offer our students the opportunity to take an A-level Preparation course. This course is offered to Our D Block students (Year 11) and aims to ready them for selecting their A-level options. Interactive work is provided in all subjects with weekly (or more frequent) catch-up sessions. In addition to helping students feel confident in their A-level choices, and where these could lead them in life after school, the course encourages our students to become more independent learners in readiness for Sixth Form.

Next Year

We are now busy preparing the next cohort and applications will be made to the UK, US, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Australia and mainland Europe.
Each student will have a bespoke pathway and we are excited to be preparing our first medical students. Class sizes remain very low, averaging at about five and the breadth of co-curricular options is even greater.