International success

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Youngsters in South Kirkby who have been learning about different countries and cultures have helped earn their school a prestigious award.

Pupils at Stockingate Mill Junior School have enjoyed a variety of international activities, such as visits to France, linking with schools in Africa and taking part in the Global Harmony project, a scheme promoting peace and bridging different cultures through the arts.

The Stockingate school was recently awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Christine Britton, global learning leader, said: “Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of our work, so our children gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.”

The award recognises schools that have introduced curriculum-based work across a range of subjects, year-round international activity and gained the involvement of the wider community.

The majority of pupils in the school must be involved for the accolade to be awarded.

The international education work was started by headteacher Samantha Travis when she joined the school two years ago.

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.”