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.

RAJ LADVA

BSc Psychology (Hons), PGCE and
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

Deputy Head of Pre-preparatory School

Raj is highly experienced in Early Years and Key Stage 1 education and is passionate about making a difference to young people. He is experienced in developing curricula and leading pre-prep schools both in Thailand and the UK. Raj joins our Senior Leadership Team from a British international school where he was one of the leaders of curriculum and learning. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a PGCE in Primary (ages 3–7) and an NPQ in Middle Leadership.

MATTHEW GIBSON

BSc Biochemistry, University of Nottingham,
and PGCE, King’s College London

Deputy Head (Senior School)

Matthew graduated in 2005 with a degree in Biochemistry and later completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at King’s College London. He joined King’s College School, Wimbledon in September 2011, tutoring students and teaching Chemistry. Matthew is a key leader at King’s Wimbledon where he was Head of Kingsley House, responsible for the academic development and pastoral welfare of the Senior School's pupils. In this role, he helped students from the time they joined the Senior School, through the difficult process of choosing GCSE, A level and university options, to life beyond school. As well as this, Matthew has been coaching rugby, football and cricket and has been extensively involved in the school’s community partnerships programme. Matthew looks forward to helping implement the ethos of King’s College School, Wimbledon at King’s Bangkok and leading King's Bangkok to be one of the best schools in Asia.