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12 Sep 2017
Success for St George’s in achieving Prestigious British Council International School Award

Award 17 20 250wSt George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for the third consecutive time 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 its heart, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life in today’s world.

Mrs Alex Hems, Head, said: ‘learning in a global context has been highly valued at St George's for many years.   We are delighted that the school's on-going commitment continues to be recognised through the British Council's International School Award (2017-2020). This is the third consecutive time that we have achieved this accolade.  We are proud of our achievements in this area and constantly seek to develop our provision in order that all our students may benefit from the school's impressive global connections. This is something that is key to the ethos of St George’s.’

To retain the award St George’s had to demonstrate that international education was embedded in its curriculum while working with its partner schools abroad.  The school demonstrated the impact of international education on teaching and learning right across the school. Digital exchange projects with a school in the United States and with Durban Girls’ College in Durban, South Africa were noted.  In addition, the teaching and promotion of Chinese culture featured prominently. The growth and success of the school’s Model United Nations Club also helped to promote the school’s international outlook.

Evidence from students and teachers was collected as part of the evaluation process, allowing the school to reflect, learn and plan for the future provision of international education across year groups and subjects.  

Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum across subjects very much fits into what Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence asks of schools. Young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.  Having each and every student learn about Scotland’s place in the wider global community is what so many students have come to appreciate from the cross-cultural partnerships that have been established.

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.

To find out more, visit us at our Open Morning on Saturday 7 and Wednesday 11 October from 10.00 am.

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