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Founder's Welcome

May I offer you a very warm welcome to the International School of Samui, more commonly known as ISS, which is located on the beautiful tropical island of Koh Samui, in the south of Thailand


I founded the school in 2007, with the dream to build a school that mirrored my own personal educational philosophy, shaped from my own academic career, international upbringing and life experiences.  I was brought up as an expat in the Far East, growing up in a multitude of countries, including Hong Kong, Brunei, China and Nepal.  I was educated as a boarder at Rossall School and then attended the University of St Andrews, graduating with an Honours degree in Laser Physics & Optoelectronics.  I then served as a combat helicopter pilot in the British Army, serving in both Northern Ireland and Iraq, before retraining as a teacher.


I believe that academic success accompanies children who are truly motivated and engaged, and who have a strong sense of right and wrong, whilst having a clear sense of purpose during their learning journey.  It is crucial that as a school we allow our students to explore and experience a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities to maximise their personal development, encourage positive habits, learn from role models and discover what motivates them, so they have the very best opportunity to excel and be recognised for their own personal achievements. 

The school has a highly motivated and experienced team led by Mr Andrews, our inspirational CEO, and I know Mr Andrews is always very happy to speak with any parents who may be considering a truly international education for their children, on a truly beautiful tropical island.


Jeremy Lees BSc (St And) GTP QTS

School Founder & President of the School's Executive Board

President welcome
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