For the third time, St. Mary’s, Menston have been re-accredited with the British Council’s prestigious International School Award, in recognition of our work to bring the world 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.
St. Mary’s international work includes long standing annual exchange visits to France and Germany, World Challenge expeditions, the most recent of which was held in Nepal, the Connecting Classrooms project, a global programme run by the British Council which creates partnerships between groups of schools in the UK and in other countries, and a long standing partnership with a high school in South Africa. Sixth Form students are also given the opportunity to take part in a visit to Iceland and a new item added to the school calendar this year is a visit to the Bay of Naples.
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 5,000 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 majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
• Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
• Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
• Year-round international activity
• Involvement of the wider community
British Council International School Award success for St. Mary’s [WHARFEDALE OBSERVER]