Last updated: 17/03/2018

“My world has just got bigger. I have realised that it is my duty to be a global citizen.”
— Sixth Form student, following South Africa visit

Developing International Citizens

St. Mary’s values the rich experience and cultural diversity found through close liaison and collaboration with staff and pupils in all our partner schools. There are numerous opportunities for St. Mary’s students to broaden their horizons beyond the United Kingdom.

You can see a display celebrating our International work in the entrance hall of our Clitherow Building. There are many other International work displays around school.


French and German Exchanges

Well established language exchanges exist with our partner schools: 

Lycée Murat, Issoire, France  
Franziskus Gymnasium, Vossenack, Germany 

The Bambisanani Partnership

Every year since 2008, Sixth Form students visit South Africa as part of our acclaimed Bambisanani Partnership.

“The Bambisanani Partnership epitomises the school’s committment to Social Justice and Global Learning. Since 2006, St. Mary’s and Mnyakanya School in rurual Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa have developed an equal, efffective and sustainable partnership that uses sport as a catalyst to promote education, health and leadership.The partnership has gained international acclaim for its pioneering work.”
— David Geldart, Founder of the Bambisanani Partnership
South Africa Visit June 2017

Bambisanani is the Zulu word meaning 'working hand in hand'. 'Bambisanani' aptly encapsulates the philosophy of the partnership which significantly now includes both The University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University as key members.
More than 200 pupils have now visited Mnyakanya School in South Africa.

Visit The Bambisanani Partnership website

World Challenge

Many pupils are involved in the World Challenge expeditions in locations such as the Himalayas, Peru and Tanzania. The 2014 expedition went to Ecuador and the 2016 Expedition is going to be in Nepal.

An incredible opportunity for our pupils.

Nepal World Challenge 2016


There is a bi-annual Ski Trip to New Hampshire,  United States of America.


International Mosaic

During an International Week, every St. Mary's pupil and our visitors from Mnyakanya High School, South Africa worked on creating this beautiful mosaic (with artist Alan Pergusey) which is in our Covered Area. The sun's rays represent the many different international links St. Mary's Menston enjoys.

International Mosaic 2009

International School AWARD

In 2009 St. Mary's was first awarded the International School Award in recognition of the highly innovative international and community schemes we have pioneered.
The award recognises schools who are leading the way in instilling a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.

St. Mary's reawarded International School Award 2016–19