Senior Leadership Team

THOMAS BANYARD

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

Headmaster

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 to his roles in the Senior Leadership Team, where 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.

After 5 years at KCS Wimbledon, Tom was offered the opportunity to help develop one of King’s first international schools in Hangzhou, China, where he was responsible for leading the international school and running the extensive co-curricular programme. In 2019, he made the exciting move to Thailand to develop King’s Bangkok and lead it towards becoming one of the best schools in Asia. Tom is joined by his wife, an early years teacher who holds a first-class degree from the University of Oxford, and their three young daughters, two of whom currently attend the school.

MATTHEW GIBSON

BSc Biochemistry, 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 was a key leader at King’s Wimbledon where he was the 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 their entry into the Senior School, through the difficult process of choosing GCSE, A level and university options, to life beyond school. As well as this, Matthew coached rugby, football and cricket and was extensively involved in the school’s community partnerships programme. Matthew has been with King’s Bangkok since January 2021 implementing the ethos of King’s College School, Wimbledon, its sister school, in order to lead King’s Bangkok to be one of the best schools in Asia.

HELEN SEARLE

BA (hons), PGCE and
MBA in Educational Management

Head of Primary 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 spent 14 years.

RAJ LADVA

BSc Psychology
PGCE Early Years
NPQ Middle Leadership

Head of Early Years

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 joined 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.

SCOTT MOORE

B.Sc (Hons) Physical
Education, Sports Science
and Mathematics
PGCE and PGDE

Director of Studies

Scott Moore has worked at schools in seven countries around the world and has spent over 20 years teaching Mathematics and Physical Education, heading departments in both subjects in a number of schools, as well as taking on the roles of Deputy Head of Sixth Form, House Activities Coordinator and Head of Secondary School. Having formed part of three Senior Leadership Teams, and taught IGCSE, A Level and IB, Scott has a deep understanding of what it takes to lead a school to its full potential, focusing on both the Academic and Co-Curricular sides of education.

He returned to his studies in 2020, obtaining a PGDE in International Education to be able to further consider and integrate the surrounding culture of the countries in which he works, to understand unique issues relating to international schools specifically, and how to best offer an international curriculum. Furthermore, as a recreational musician and athlete, he recognises the importance of balance in a student's life.

With this knowledge, his leadership experience and drive, he is ready to apply what he has learnt to his new and exciting role as King's Bangkok's Director of Studies.

SIMONE O'CONNOR

BEd in Physical Education
and PSHE

Director of Co-Curricular

Simone O'Connor has over 20 years' experience in teaching Physical Education around the world (in Peru, the UK, and Thailand), alongside a lifelong love and passion for sports in general. She has competed professionally in Cricket, Triathalon, Running and Squash, and spends her free time travelling and immersing herself in different cultures while pushing herself physically and mentally, with a focus on movement (trekking and mountaineering) and mindfulness.

After obtaining her BEd in Physical Education and PSHE, she went on to take up roles as Assistant Head and Head of both academic and core PE and Games at multiple schools, Head of Year, Head of Activities and teacher of Mindfulness. She has always been involved in co-curricular and extracurricular areas, leading residential International Award trips, FOBISIA competitions, sports tours and general outdoor education trips in her early career. More recently, she has at least 5 years of experience in directly developing a well-rounded ECA programme, including House Competitions, liaising with external providers, a number of departments and the local community; and coordinating over 75 activities for older students.

Now, at King's Bangkok, as Director of Co-Curricular, her aim is to provide a wide range of activities to encourage our students to become more well-rounded, shine brighter and go further.

JEROME MARSHALL

BA (Hons), PGCE,
MA Educational Leadership and Management

Deputy Head of Primary School

With 15 years of teaching experience, a PGCE in Primary Education and an MA in Educational Leadership and Management under his belt, Jerome Marshall joins King's Bangkok as Deputy Head of Primary. He has previously worked as a KS2 Leader and Teacher, specifically coordinating Science and Enrichment, before moving onto an Assistant Head of Primary Curriculum and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for the past three years. In these roles in the UK and Thailand, he was tasked with re-modelling whole school curricula to ensure that it best fit an international context while also laying the foundation for students' education in Senior School and beyond. Having worked in a Senior Leadership Team before, he understands how to direct a school and coordinate with every department and member of staff to bring the best out of each student.

Jerome is delighted to be joining King’s Bangkok, a school dedicated to holistic education through its shared focus on academic excellence, pastoral care and a strong co-curricular programme; three things he is equally passionate about.

ALYS LEIGHTON-RAHMAN

BSc in Psychology
PGCE specialising in Early Years

Deputy Head of Early Years

Alys is a dedicated educator who, after working as Head of Reception since King’s Bangkok opened its doors in 2020, has taken up the position of Deputy Head of Early Years. Before moving to King’s Bangkok, Alys taught Pre-Prep in an innovative Prep school in London taking a key role in developing the play-based curriculum and pastoral experiences for all the children in the school. Before this, she held roles teaching in Key Stage 2 and delivering Speech and Language interventions within the NHS. Alys holds a BSc in Psychology, a PGCE specialising in Early Years, and is currently studying for a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.

LIAM KANE

BSc (Hons) & PGCE

Assistant Head

As a former Leicester City player, with a PGCE in Physical Education and 24 years of teaching experience, the last 18 of which were spent at King’s Wimbledon, Liam Kane is adept at navigating both the theoretical and practical aspects of providing comprehensive Physical Education to students of all ages. For 12 years, his main responsibilities at King's Wimbledon were acting as Director of Sport, a tutor, and Head of Football, teaching PE to students aged 7-18 years, including IGCSE PE with a 100% A*/A pass rate.

He became Director of Co-Curricular Education and elected President of the Common Room at King's Wimbledon. In these roles, he became responsible for all areas outside of the academic curriculum, and his overall management of the Friday afternoon CCA programme, where the whole school is off-timetable, was praised by the ISI inspection team as the "Jewel in the Crown" of King's Wimbledon education.

As Assistant Head, Liam Kane employs the skills he developed and honed at King's Wimbledon to lead King's Bangkok to great success.