15 Jul British Council International School Award re-accredited to Whitley Academy
Whitley Academy 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.
Our school’s international work includes building on our already strong school partnerships in France, South Africa, and Japan, as well as devoting several days in the year to International themes (Africa Day, Japan Day). An assessor for the British Council commented:
“Your school is clearly committed to providing an international dimension for students, promoting citizenship, foreign language learning and an appreciation for cultural diversity. Your partnerships with schools in France and Japan are providing rich learning experiences for both students and teachers via well-planned exchange visits and collaborative projects”.
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, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Over 6000 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