British Council International School Award success for St Mary’s Grammar School
St Mary’s 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.
St Mary’s international work includes a vast range of activities for all students varying from participation in Fairtrade Fortnight to exchanging letters with students in various European countries in a range of different languages.
On hearing the news that St Mary’s had received the award, International and Citizenship Co-Ordinator Miss McGouran said: ‘It is a great honour to be awarded reaccreditation for the prestigious British Council International School Award once again. Over the last number of years, each member of the teaching staff has made a huge effort to embed internationalism in their subject area and also to provide students with a number of extra curricular activies to get involved in.’
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