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We are delighted that the British Council have awarded us our fifth consecutive International School Award in recognition of our work to bring the world into the classroom.
The prestigious 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.
Activities at St George’s that contributed to this award include the introduction of our Global Perspectives course, digital exchanges with our partner schools in North America and beyond, our Erasmus+ programme with partner schools in Italy and Austria, our Model United Nations activities and Junior, Lower and Upper School Eco activities to name a few.
Our assessors commented that ‘It is not only the students who become excited about their learning when they have such a splendid programme to which staff and the wider community have a great and sustained commitment, but also assessors who knew nothing of St George's School before opening this file.’
Scott McDonald, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: ‘The school has earned this prestigious award through its inspirational international work and links with schools abroad.
The International School Award is a chance for schools to be recognised for their important work bringing the world into their classrooms. This is especially commendable when schools have been deeply affected by the global pandemic. The desire to build on their international work shines through and it is with upmost pride that we celebrate their achievements.
By embedding an international dimension in children’s education, these schools are preparing their students for successful lives in the UK or further afield, empowering them to be global citizens, and are creating vital opportunities in an increasingly global economy.’
The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, 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