Two borough schools are flying the flag for international links after being recognised for bringing the world into the classroom.
Whitley Lodge First School, in Whitley Bay, and Percy Hedley School, in Forest Hall, have been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International Schools Award.
The recognition is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.
Whitley Lodge School’s international work includes joint projects with schools in Gambia and France, recycling initiatives leading to the Green Flag Award, regular French lessons and researching different cultures around the world linked to the FIFA World Cup this year.
Fern Broderick, deputy headteacher and international schools co-ordinator, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed the activities involved with this award and will continue to enrich the children’s education with exciting projects.
“I am so pleased that the hard work of our staff and pupils is recognized with this prestigious award.”
Percy Hedley School’s international work includes evidence based practice and a project on Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) with five partner schools across Europe, plus a pen pal email project with students at a school in Finland.
Lynn Watson, director of education at the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “The staff worked hard to ensure the choice of activities and the global themes fit seamlessly into our curriculum which is specially adapted to ensure all our pupils realise their full potential.”
John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: “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.
“Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”