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.
Thomson House School’s international work includes establishing a partnership with GS. Muganza School in Rwanda. As well as collaborative learning projects between the children, the whole school community has become involved in the partnership. Parents organized a 50km walk in June 2018 which has allowed GS. Muganza to begin building a library on the school grounds.
On hearing the news that Thomson House School had received the award, Victoria Amor, Deputy Head-teacher and International Coordinator said: The whole school community is invested in developing children who are global citizens with high levels of cultural understanding and engagement with the world. I had the privilege of visiting our partner school in Rwanda in August 2017 and it has been wonderful to see the children build friendships across the world.
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.’
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 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