COMBERTON was awarded the British Council’s International School award for its international work for the 5th time in 2019. The award is valid for 3 years and we will be going for our 6th re-accreditation in the summer of 2022.
The award recognises the school’s work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools which 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.
A global outlook is a key feature of the curriculum at Comberton, which has partner schools in France, Spain, Peru, South Africa, Japan and Bangladesh.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic international trips and exchanges have not taken place for over a year and we are very much hoping that these will be able to run again in the near future. Despite the restrictions on travel overseas, we have continued to ensure that the International Principle (the 5th Principle of all the Cam Academy Trust schools) is promoted. This includes virtual exchanges, the Language Leaders programme, the Walk for the World- which helps to fund-raise essential projects in our African partner school and orphanages close to our Peruvian partner school- celebrating the day of languages and many others.
Fostering an international dimension is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools to help young people live and work as global citizens in a shrinking world and this award recognises schools which fulfil a number of specific criteria:
- An international ethos embedded throughout the school
- A majority of pupils within the school impacted 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
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.’
International School Coordinator