Mr Jeremy Lees
Mrs Victoria Lees
Jeremy and Victoria met in their first year as undergraduates at the University of St Andrews in the UK. Jeremy graduated with an Honours Degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics and Victoria graduated with an Honours Degree in Modern Foreign Languages. Following on from their academic studies Victoria went on to lead a successful career in the City in London whilst Jeremy was commissioned into the British Army and served as a Combat Helicopter Pilot seeing active service in both Northern Ireland and Iraq. On retiring from flying duties, Jeremy completed his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) to become a fully qualified teacher, teaching at a prestigious boarding school in England.
In 2005 Jeremy together with his wife Victoria and their 14 month old daughter Arabella decided to have a ‘year off’ and spend a year on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. During this time, they simply ‘fell in love’ with the tropical island and all that it is so willing to offer. This long overdue ‘family time’ gave Jeremy and Victoria the perfect opportunity to ‘reflect’ on what was truly important in life and obviously the quality of life and quality of education of their children were paramount.
Therefore in 2007, Jeremy & Victoria, both at the time aged 33, decided to build the International School of Samui together. Under Jeremy’s academic leadership as Headmaster and Victoria’s vital support in all aspects of school operations, the school grew and grew. It is now a hugely successful and popular school, operating waiting lists in a number of classes as a single form entry school for up to 300 students aged 2 – 18 years of age and the premier international school of choice on the island.
As both owners and parents of 5 children, Jeremy and Victoria have a clear focus on ‘generating a true love of learning’. They aspire for their teachers to take students beyond the classroom to develop the character, inquisitiveness, creativity, moral standards, integrity, confidence and optimism of every student (and a lot more). Each student is supported by an energised, innovative and inspiring style of teaching, an internationally recognized curriculum (Cambridge Primary, Secondary, IGCSE and A-Level programs of study) and a wide range of extra curricular activities for the students to choose from.