Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield 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.
Outwood Grange Academy’s international work includes working with KS3 students on the important of what it is to be an international citizen and the importance of understanding changes in our community and how this can affect the global community. Donating over 100 Science textbooks to Africa through the book aid scheme to help improve the resources for education around the world. CPD with other academies in our trust about the importance of being an international schools and the impact that this can have on the student’s development and chances in the future.
We have also been developing links with French students to allow our GCSE French class to practice their spoken and written French. As an academy we have also facilitated the development of our students cultural knowledge and experiences with trips to Peru and Ecuador to build toilets and buildings for the local communities and schools. As well as trips to Australia on a Rugby League sports tour, allowing our Rugby team to experience an international match as well as what it is like to live in different countries.
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 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