We are very proud to announce that St Gabriel’s School 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 and work in today’s world.
Every year at St Gabriel’s we welcome four Modern Languages Assistants from French and Spanish speaking countries, China and Italy. Working with these young adults provides our Junior and Senior students with first-hand experiences of foreign cultures and languages in the classroom.
Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “St Gabriel’s 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 encourages 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.”
The British Council International School Award started in 1999 and is now available worldwide. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began.
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