A ST Johns school have been awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of their work to bring world issues into the classroom.
The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.
Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as ‘global citizens’.
The Winston Churchill School’s international work includes a World Games Day involving lots of local feeder schools, international cuisine workshops, email exchanges with their partner school in Kenya, and a visit to their partner school in Russia.
A group of students also went on a four-week residential trip to Borneo, where they undertook community projects and conservation work. In 2015 a group of talented drama students will be representing the school on the international stage of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Head teacher Zoe Johnson-Walker said: “We are delighted to be reaccredited with this award. We endeavour to ensure that our students are aware of the changing world in which they live and the impact that issues in the wider world can have on their own community.
“We are preparing them to be global citizens of the future.”