Bower Park Academy 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 is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. 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 to live and work as global citizens.
Bower Park’s international work involves our partner schools across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the world. Staff and students regularly get to travel and host international guests.
On hearing the news that Bower Park had received the award, Mr. Eddie Aylett said, “We have a strong global vision at Bower Park. Staff and students have worked extremely hard in offering a programme that enables students to explore inside and outside the classroom. We have excellent Global Ambassadors, a group of students who are passionate about multiculturalism and the world. We will continue to offer experiences in the classroom and across the globe!”
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.”
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan, as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme. Around 5,000 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 majority of pupils within the school affected by and involved in international work
- Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
- Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
- Year-round international activity
- Involvement of the wider community