We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of our work to bring the world into the classroom.
The award comes as some thirty of our year 11 students completed our Language Leader programme – a year-long scheme in which students in year 10 teach their chosen language to local primary school children. The programme gives students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by planning, preparing and delivering lessons to younger children.
The Language Leader programme is one of the key activities that has contributed to Bournside being awarded the International School Award. The school also arranges many international trips, and in the 2018-19 academic year, students visited Normandy, the Ardèche in France, Paris, as well as venturing further afield to China, South Africa and Canada.
Other events with an international theme include activities to celebrate the European Day of Languages, translating competitions and inter-school debating competitions. The school also has developed close links with its partner school in Normandy, with students taking part in a pen pal scheme. In June, Bournside welcomed nearly 50 French students from its partner school, who met their pen pals and had a taste of British school life.
On hearing the news that Bournside had received the award, Damian Bass, Head of Modern Languages said: “This is fantastic achievement for our school and is a wonderful acknowledgement of all the hard work that students and staff have devoted to developing our international links and inter-school collaboration. We are particularly proud of our Language Leaders who have really gone above and beyond to develop their leadership skills – they are wonderful ambassadors for the school.”
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.”
International School Award, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has presented more than 6,000 awards in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.