The International School of Samui

The International School of Samui (ISS) is an international school on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand. The school has 270 students, both boys and girls from 2 to 18 years of age, currently enrolled from 35 different countries. It is organised into 4 phases: Early Years, Primary School, Senior School and Sixth Form. Its curriculum is structured in accordance with the National Curriculum of England. The majority of the teaching staff are British and are recruited from the UK. The current Headmaster is Mr. Jeremy Lees, BSc Hons PGCE, who founded the school in 2007.

The International School of Samui

TypePrivate international school
EstablishedSeptember 2006

History of International School of Samui

ISS was founded in 2007 under its old name of Bluewater by the current Headmaster, Mr. Jeremy Lees, a UK Qualified Teacher, ISI International School Inspector and former British Army Officer and Helicopter Pilot.


ISS is accredited by Education Development Trust, formally known as CfBT Education Trust. ISS is also a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), an accredited Cambridge International Examinations Centre, Pearson EdExcel Examinations Centre, and member of ISAT (International Schools Association of Thailand).

Student body

As of 2019 there are 270 students.


There are 3 houses in the Primary School named after mythical creatures:

  • Phoenix (Red)
  • Griffin (Blue)
  • Pegasus (Green)

There are 2 houses in Senior School:

  • Oxford (Oxford Blue)
  • Cambridge (Cambridge Blue)

Each house is led by a House Captain and all students are enrolled in the Houses. Competitions and activities are held throughout the year to win House trophies given at the end of the academic year on Speech Day.

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