THAMESIDE Primary school in Grays 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.
Thameside’s work international work includes creating partnership with schools in Spain, becoming pen pals with other students in schools around the world and learning about different cultures.
On hearing the news that Thameside Primary School had received the award, Jonathan Fish- Head teacher said:
“I am delighted with the hard work and dedication from the staff team at Thameside Primary, which has resulted in the International Award. Particular mention needs to go to Michelle Wren, for effective leadership and co-ordination in achieving the International Award.
Thameside Primary children now have a much better understanding of different countries and cultures, which they can apply to other areas of the curriculum.
We are looking forward to flying our International Award flag from our new school building in the Spring Term 2017”
Jonathan Fish – Head Teacher.
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