Wirral Grammar School for Boys in Bebington 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.
Wirral Grammar School for Boys’ international work includes:
- Erasmus+ project with partner school in Melilla, Norway, Turkey and the Netherlands
- Language Competition –Mother Tongue Other Tonge and Anthea Bell Prize
- Covid Experiences were shared with international partner schools
- Celebration on global festivals and traditions
On hearing the news that Wirral Grammar School for Boys had received the award, Simon Ascroft, Headteacher said, “At a time when as a nation we feel less connected with our near neighbours, the International School Award shows the importance that we place upon our students having a global perspective.
“Providing more opportunities for students to engage internationally encourages cultural sensitivity and respect, enhancing their ability to understand their place in the community and the world. Global competence is a vital skill in the 21 st century and is one we are proud to champion.”
Scott McDonald, Chief Executive of the British Council, said, “The school has earned this prestigious award through its inspirational international work and links with schools abroad.
“The International School Award is a chance for schools to be recognised for their important work bringing the world into their classrooms. This is especially commendable when schools have been deeply affected by the global pandemic. The desire to build on their international work shines through and it is with utmost pride that we celebrate their achievements.
“By embedding an international dimension in children’s education, these schools are preparing their students for successful lives in the UK or further afield, empowering them to be global citizens, and are creating vital opportunities in an increasingly global economy.”
The Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, 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