British Council International School Award success for
Westrop Primary School
Westrop Primary School in Highworth has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. 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 for life work in today’s world.
Westrop’s international work includes a termly host country study, Skype calls, shared projects with our partner school in Lebanon and activities based on refugees.
On hearing the news that Westrop School had received the award, Mrs Fiona Christopherson, global coordinator said: The whole school has worked hard to bring an enjoyable and meaningful aspect to everyone’s global education. Staff and children, through close links with our partner school in Lebanon, have become much more aware that they are part of a rapidly changing world. We are very proud to have received this award and look forward to taking part in further global activities in the forthcoming year.
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.
The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:
- An international ethos embedded throughout the school
- A whole school approach to international work
- Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
- Year-round international activity
- Involvement of the wider community