Gateway Academy scoops prestigious international award

THE Gateway Academy in Tilbury 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 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.

To gain re-accreditation of the prestigious award, the students (from Year 8 and 9) designed their own logo (see above centre) and took part in Skype sessions whilst one of the students were on an exchange visit in Belgium as part of the programme. They also participated in other activities including KS4 International Catering, Sri Lankan storytelling and an activity to find out about Belgian School Life.

On hearing the news that the Gateway Academy had received the Award, Miss Surraya Constable, International Schools Co-ordinator, said “The International Schools Award has allowed students to broaden their knowledge of the world around them with the aim of hopefully becoming a more rounded global citizen.

Through an array of activities carried out in different faculties, students have been able to understand how foods are prepared and cooked in different cultures, they have shared demographic information with other countries and used this to develop their maths statistics skills and they have also developed sustainable partnerships through letter writing with schools from various continents around the world.”

John Rolfe, from 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. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.’

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

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