Our Team

THOMAS BANYARD

BA Physics (first-class honours)
and PGCE, Oxford University

Founding Head

After achieving a first-class degree at Oxford University in Physics, Tom completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to become a teacher at Tonbridge School in Kent, one of the UK's top boarding schools. There he taught Physics and Chemistry and was a committed tutor. He coached football, rugby and cricket as well as being involved in the school's extensive co-curricular programme. From there, he was promoted to head of Physics at King's College School, Wimbledon, where he was amazed that so many components of boarding life were accomplished in the shorter hours of a day school. His interest in all areas of education led him to develop the teaching and learning at the school and join the senior leadership team. In this role, he combined pastoral and academic responsibilities to help the school continue to improve, despite already being consistently rated one of the best schools in the UK.

Tom could not turn down the opportunity of helping to develop one of King's College School, Wimbledon’s first international schools in Hangzhou, China. His interest in learning from other cultures and in using his knowledge to build new schools meant that he was a valuable member of the founding leadership team. Using these experiences, he is very excited about applying his skills to develop a world-class school in Bangkok.

Tom joins us with his wife, who holds a first-class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Oxford, and their two daughters, who will attend the school.

HELEN SEARLE

BA (hons), PGCE and
MBA in Educational Management

Head of Pre-preparatory School

After her degree at Hull University in South East Asian Studies and Malay, Helen went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Early Years and Primary Education. She then taught in Luton for two years where she was responsible for Geography and developing the outdoor environment. After this, Helen moved to Kuwait where she completed an MBA in Educational Management through Leicester University and qualified as an inspector of schools. She held senior posts in three large British schools which included deputy headteacher, headteacher of primary (nursery to year 6) and finally headteacher of pre-prep (in charge of 800 children) at Kuwait English School where she has spent the last 14 years.

Helen has always wanted to return to Southeast Asia, although she will leave Kuwait with many happy memories. With her two children now in boarding school in England, she could not resist the opportunity of helping to establish a school as world-renowned as King’s Bangkok.