Rushcliffe school in West Bridgford 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.
Rushcliffe’s international work includes partnerships and visits with linked schools in France, Spain ,Nepal and China , fund raising and sponsorship of school children in Guatemala in collaboration with a local Charity ‘Education for the children’ , whole school fundraising and creating international awareness re the plight of world refuges and the work of the International Rescue committee, as well as the introduction of Mandarin with live video links to China and close collaboration with the Confucius institute at the University of Nottingham.
On hearing the news that Rushcliffe had received the award Mr S. Lewis , Executive Head teacher , said ” We are delighted to be recognised for our work connecting our pupils with communities throughout the world. We celebrate diversity and a hunger for knowledge about different cultures. Our pupils are enriched by their connections with people who have very different life experiences This enables them to reflect on the world we live in and the opportunities and responsibilities they have as citizens in an ever more interconnected world.”
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