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Founders' Welcome

from Victoria and Jeremy

May we offer you a very warm welcome to the website of our school, the International School of Samui, more commonly known as ISS. We both met at the University of St Andrews and graduated in 1997; Victoria with a Master of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages and Jeremy with a Bachelor of Science in Laser Physics & Optoelectronics.  Victoria then went on to lead a successful career in Marketing and PR, whilst Jeremy went on to serve as a combat helicopter pilot in the British Army.  In 2005 we both retrained as teachers and went on to found ISS in 2007. 


We have always felt that academic and extracurricular success accompanies anyone who is truly motivated and engaged, and who has a strong sense of right and wrong, whilst having a clear sense of purpose during their learning journey.  We believe therefore that 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 famous British independent school model has a very similar outlook to education, and Jeremy was fortunate enough to experience such an education as a child at Rossall School in the UK.  So we decided to build ISS on the foundations the British independent school model, alongside our own beliefs.

We are very fortunate to have Mr Stephen Andrews as our CEO.  He is a hugely inspirational and knowledgeable leader, with a wealth of experience in all aspects of international school education and he is as passionate as we are about ensuring ISS is the premium international school of choice on Koh Samui. 


If you are considering ISS as a school for your children, please do get in touch with our admissions team at the earliest opportunity, or if you prefer, please do get in touch with Stephen directly, as he is always very happy and keen to meet new and prospective parents. 


Victoria Lees MA (St And) & Jeremy Lees BSc (St And)

School Founders' & Executive Board Directors

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