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Meet Max, Matt, Maple, and Natasha, the first cohort of Year 10 students to sit their Cambridge IGCSEs at Wellington College in Thailand

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Wellington College Bangkok opened in September 2018. It is a sister school to Wellington College, UK, and a group of Wellington schools in China, with a further school opening in India in 2023.

Read the stories of four students who will be taking their Cambridge IGCSEs at Wellington College in Thailand in 2024.

Max: No one is left behind

Max is a Year 10 student at Wellington College in Thailand. He is one of the first 40 students that will take Cambridge IGCSE qualifications in his school. The school is part of the Wellington group of schools in the UK and globally.

Max describes what so many students, parents, and teachers want from an education at this stage of their learning.

“Although we are the first group of students to take Cambridge IGCSEs at our school, I know how much research the school has done to get the best teachers and the best resources, and I know how much pride the teachers take in educating us, so that makes me feel it will all go smoothly.”

“Cambridge IGCSEs have an international currency – the qualifications are recognised by leading academic institutions all over the world and provide a range and depth of disciplinary rigour and detail that is important for our high-achieving students,” says Dr Jim Panton, Head of the Senior School.

Cambridge International works in partnership with 89 schools in Thailand, 11 of which are our Associate schools. In the past year, we have successfully registered two new centres as Cambridge International schools.

Matt: A community of learning

Matt joined Wellington College in April 2022.

He is studying a total of nine subjects including music, PE, and computer science. He praises Wellington for creating a community of learning and his teachers for supporting his studies.

“The school is like a big library; we feel like one big community.” As one of the first students to take their Cambridge IGCSEs at the school, Matt says he feels pressured but positive.

“I feel a fair amount of pressure in being in the first group of Cambridge IGCSE students, knowing that the expectations are high for all of us, but also confident that the teachers will help us to get outstanding scores.”

Maple and Natasha: Looking forward to the future

Natasha is a dancer, and Maple likes Design and Technology. They both believe the education they are receiving at the school is preparing them for bright futures.

As the world’s most popular international qualification for 14- to 16-year-olds, Cambridge IGCSE is designed to support students in building the right skills for the world of work.

Both Maple and Natasha say it does exactly that.

 “The Cambridge IGCSEs will allow me to measure my academic abilities and the qualifications will give me more options and choices in higher education, ultimately allowing me to shape my future,” says Maple.

Natasha agrees: “Taking these Cambridge IGCSEs will provide me with a better understanding of different subjects and will allow me to freely roam around for university applications or new job opportunities because of the knowledge I will have gained from my studies.”

The head of the school, Dr Jim Panton, praises the students for being “independent, intellectual, individual, inclusive and inspired.” He says they aim to become global citizens who are useful, kind, and curious and who want to make the world a better place.

About Cambridge IGCSE

We created Cambridge IGCSE more than 30 years ago. Today, it’s the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Not only is it truly international – it gives students more options than any other international qualification. That means more subjects to choose from, more ways to learn and more ways to succeed.

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