Management was dictatorial, verbally abusive at times, terribly ignorant of professional way to handle disputes, a real my way or the highway kind of attitude. Pay disputes handled with mickey mouse arithmetic of some sort, utter nonsense, that always ended in their favor. Children as young as 4, 5 and 6 years old were often observed being hit upside the head or on the back of the head as I walked through those classroom areas. A lot of verbal abusive language in Thai from some of the staff towards the students as well as some of the foreign staff. A lot of activities given for staff to do was simply busy work at best, at worst simply a waste of time/resources due to no parents/guests ever being able to see work done by the staff. (supposedly to at some point be told to the parents that the students did all the work or majority..though the opposite was true.) Meetings were at best like talking to a brick wall, little ever changed when legitimate things were brought up or to the director of the staff section. Meetings were at times forced affairs, even one staff member was violently ill, the director of the meeting refused to let him go out as well as let anyone help him out when he was going to throw up. Director of the meetings/head of the department was a bit of a s*d*s* that way.
Facilities were cleaned often, Educational materials were slightly better than public school offerings, the area around the school is fairly nice/countrysideish.
Abusive staff in both upper management/management in general, Same for some department heads, and a few of the teachers(thai) as well. Among the foreign teachers there were a few unqualified for the positions they held and a few were rumored to be again...rumored to be p*d*philes...or at best verbally abusive to some of the older students. That last part again is just a rumor..though some did seem a bit sketchy IMO. Overall I would not put a dog let alone a small child into this school, public schools maybe have a few abusive teachers...but they have nothing on Sarasas. That is in my opinion only of course...take it or leave it. The free lunch that is pretty much the same for everyone including the students is the most watered down, over cooked, tasteless food possible...the snacks the kids have is just junk food or completely lacking in any nutritional value at all.
Advice to Management
Fire all your management staff, same for teachers (thai or foreign) who hit kids or yell profanities at them. They are small children, and kids will do and say s*u*i* things. If you have a set/salaried position contract in place, do not fiddle or try to slim out the amount paid out to staff through such petty things as being 5 minutes late, disputing a sick day due to not having a doctors note(at 1500 baht per visit or more not including a taxi or gas prices on top to reach a clinic/hospital its not worth it verses taking the 1000 baht/per day or so, taken out for the absences.) or other such petty practices. You do not need to micromanage or be a little dictator to run staff/school efficiently or profitably. If your staff is unhappy, the kids will be treated poorly, which means their parents will not want to keep them in there or pay your continually rising prices vs going to a public or another private school. Having open meetings and actually taking your staff's opinions or requests seriously regardless of budget is more important that a quick short term profiting of micromanagement. Last thing...if you are going to offer som*t*ing free such as a lunch...use less water/less bland food at the least or get the cooking staff to use some sort of s*i*es...heck even pepper would have added some flavor to the tasteless mush served daily at lunch. There are lots of talented cooks out there, food is pretty cheap in bulk..stop trying to save money by watering down or buying older/cheapest food possible...save money by not having students write in text books and instead write in a copy book/notebook instead would save you money more than that.
222 Romklao Road
Bangkok, Bangkok 10520