British Council International School Award success for GANF Schools

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British Council International Award 3Both Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College have been awarded the intermediate 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.

Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship consists of two special schools based in Grantham and caters for pupils between the ages of 3 and 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs. The pupils’ needs are wide ranging; many are on the autistic spectrum, with others having ADHD and varying degrees of developmental delay, and some with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

Sandon School’s international work included the study of Diwali, the introduction of a pen pal programme with a school in Germany, and taking part in ‘International Day’, when the pupils researched individual countries and cultures.  

On hearing the news that Sandon School had achieved intermediate level of the award, Stela Plamenova, Headteacher, said: “We are very proud to have been awarded The International School Award because it provides the ideal framework for coordinating international activity and focusing on global themes.

It gives our pupils an opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and prepare them for the future in our changing society. There is a high level of pupil and local community engagement with our yearly exchange visits to KBZO School in Germany, which is a great learning opportunity.”

Ambergate’s international work included engaging in British Values, the introduction of a pen pal programme with KBZO School in Germany, and taking part in ‘International Day’, when the pupils researched individual countries and cultures. 

James Ellis, Headteacher, “I am so pleased that GANF Schools have been recognised for their international links. We feel that having these links with other organisations from different countries only enhances the provision that we can provide for all of our children. We are now looking forward to working towards the full award.”

Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship’s international work has earned the schools well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award - Intermediate Certificate. 

The school’s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils: the collaborative projects with partner schools abroad bring an essential global dimension to learning and encourage the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future. Teachers at GANF have been linking up with colleagues overseas to share successful classroom practice and resources to make this all happen. 

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

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