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British Council International School Award success for Suffield Park Infant and Nursery School

PUBLISHED: 10:17 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 19 December 2017

Suffield Park infant & nursery school in Cromer.
Photo: Bill Smith

Suffield Park infant & nursery school in Cromer. Photo: Bill Smith

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Suffield Park Nursery and Infant School in Cromer has been awarded foundation level of 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.

Suffield Park Nursery and Infant School’s international work includes building a link with Bourke Public School in Sydney and sharing pen pal letters.

The children also sent and received a culture box enabling them to learn more the culture and lifestyle in Australia.

They also took park in dance and storytelling workshops led by specialist teachers.

On hearing the news that Suffield Park Nursery and Infant School had achieved foundation level of the award, Mrs Nichola Stewart Acting Head Teacher said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for this award. Establishing an international partnership to our curriculum opportunities has allowed children to further their cultural understanding and they have been really enthused by the learning opportunities presented to them.”

Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Suffield Park Nursery and Infant School’s international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award - Foundation Certificate.

“The school’s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils by bringing an essential global dimension to learning and encourage the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future.

“Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to full International School Award accreditation and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging network should contact us at the British Council.”

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

Submitted by John Neenan.

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