Denbigh High School

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British Council International School Award success for Denbigh High School

Denbigh High School in Luton, Bedfordshire has been awarded 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.

Denbigh High School’s international work includes a rich and diverse programme of activities such as Celebrating Asian history and culture week, world sports day, comparing life in France and the UK in MFL lessons, communicating with students in Europe through ongoing penpal writing, video calls to penpals, cultural visit from penpals to Denbigh High School, MFL trip to Saint Omer in France, participating in the Luton Languages Festival and a French rap activity in feeder primary schools amongst others.

On hearing the news that Denbigh High School had received the award, The British Council Assessor said: “Denbigh High School is enriching its pupils’ education and encouraging them to become global citizens through its cross-curricular international work. You have produced more than the required number of international activities for the Reaccreditation Level of the International School Award. These covered a wide range of subject areas, which were spread out across the academic year 2017-2018 and involved all year groups in one or more of them. Congratulations on your success, and good luck with your continuing and developing international journey! Congratulations on working so hard to coordinate such an impressive range of work. You are a credit to the school and the wider community. We hope that the scope of your excellent international activities will continue to develop and benefit the school community; your support, commitment, creativity and innovative international work is greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking part in the International School Award. Please convey our very best wishes and many congratulations to all staff and students both in the UK and overseas who have taken part in the scheme.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned 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