School award for international work

Priory School pupils and staff Kate Isaacs and Lorraine Derrick celebrate the school being granted the  International School Award.

Priory School pupils and staff Kate Isaacs and Lorraine Derrick celebrate the school being granted the International School Award.

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EFFORTS to bring the world into the classroom have landed a Spalding school with an award.

The Priory School has been given the British Council’s International School Award for its outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

The school’s efforts include teaching French across the school, communicating and visiting with pupils from France, links with schools in Spain, Poland and Turkey, an after-school cookery club featuring food from other countries and celebrating festivals such as Chinese New Year.

On hearing the news, Kate Isaacs, senior teacher and international co-ordinator, said: “It is a great pleasure to receive this award again as a rubber stamp for all the excellent international work that has been undertaken at Priory School during the past three years and indeed, since we formed our first links in 1994.

“It goes to prove that students from a range of backgrounds and abilities can have appreciation of the international community and have fun doing so.”

The International School Award has been given to 200 schools in 2011 and is available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Eygpt and Pakistan.

The aim is to encourage young people to gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.