Glenalmond College has been awarded the 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.
Glenalmond’s international work included its range of foreign educational trips and having a native Mandarin speaking assistant in its Foreign Languages Department.
On hearing the news that Glenalmondhad achieved the Foundation Level of the award, Warden (Headteacher) Elaine Logan said: “Preparing pupils for the global stage is at the heart of what we do at Glenalmond College. As an international boarding school, we educate pupils from all over the world. However, this relationship is very much a two-way street as pupils, in turn, teach the school’s staff and contemporaries about culture, traditions and politics from their own individual backgrounds. I am thrilled that our international perspective has been recognised and endorsed by the British Council.”
Jenny Davey, Head of Modern Languages, plans to apply for the next award level, Intermediate, within the next few months.
Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Glenalmond College’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 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
For more information about the International School Award, please contact the British Council team at firstname.lastname@example.org