British Council International School Award success for Central Primary School

Press release
22nd of September 2020

British Council International School Award success for Central Primary School

Central Primary School in Watford 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.

Central Primary School’s international work includes the European Day of Languages, when each year group had a different activity to celebrate languages, cultural heritage, diversity and inclusion; the cross Border Art project where children in Year 4 worked with our partner school, CEIP Peñalta, Spain and together completed a painting from Kandinski; the E-twinning project “Cultures in a Box” involving many schools in different countries and allowed children to share and compare their culture and school day; the German fortnight and the Bear project with our partner school Konrad Groß Schule in Nuremberg, Germany; our European friend project where year 1 children shared their work with Rekolanmäki School, Finland just to name a few. Central Primary School worked with various international platforms including E-twinning, Erasmus + and the UK-German Connection.

On hearing the news that Central Primary School had received the award, Ms Mona Paalanen, the Acting Headteacher said: “This is a wonderful achievement for our diverse and culturally rich community that we are very proud of. Every child and adult in our school community respects and celebrates different cultures and languages. We are privileged to have people from all over the world walk through our school gates every morning. With the guidance from our Languages teacher Mrs Ribeiro, we will continue to develop the international ethos in our school in the future as well.”

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, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, 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

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