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Schools honoured for international approach to learning

Published November 25, 2019 10.48am

Schools that go the extra mile to encourage pupils to be global citizens with respect for different cultures have been celebrated.

International school

Pupils from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School pupils with headteacher Allyson Thorpe (left), and Julie McKenna, international schools co-ordinator

Twelve schools from across County Durham were honoured at Durham Town Hall as part of the International School Awards. This is a British Council scheme that recognises schools that have demonstrated their commitment to raising awareness of other countries, traditions and languages.

County Durham has one of the highest levels of engagement in the scheme in England.

At the ceremony, organised by the council, attendees heard how schools host pupil exchanges with countries all over the world, including Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Many also have partner schools in countries such as Kenya and Sri Lanka and collaborate on projects focusing on a range of issues. Pupils also enjoy regular chats on Skype, while teachers have taken part in exchanges to learn about different teaching methods.

Award-winning schools

  • Cleves Cross Primary School, Ferryhill
  • Rosa Street Primary School, Spennymoor
  • St Hild's College Church of England Aided Primary School, Durham
  • Acre Rigg Academy, Peterlee
  • Pelton Community Primary School, Chester-le-Street
  • St Benet's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Chester-le-Street
  • Hamsterley Primary School, Bishop Auckland
  • Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Durham
  • Escomb Primary School, Bishop Auckland
  • St Joseph's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Stanley
  • Leadgate Primary School, Consett

Raising awarenesss

Brian Stobie, our international officer, said: "It's so important children learn about different countries and have the skills and awareness they need for a career in a global workplace."


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