Oakwood Awarded British Council International School Award

British Council International School Award success for Oakwood Primary Academy.

For bringing the world into the classroom, Oakwood Primary Academy, part of the Co-operative Academies Trust in Leeds, has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award (ISA).

After being shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement International School of the Year award and achieving the intermediate level ISA from the British Council earlier this year, Oakwood’s success seems never-ending, as their application for ISA full accreditation is achieved.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education.  Oakwood successfully fosters an international dimension in the curriculum, creating links with partner schools so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

Oakwood Primary Academy’s international work includes a close working relationship with Mexican partnership school, Colegio American de Tabasco, which is included in cross curricular learning activities. Although Spanish is taught weekly across Key Stage 2, all children at Oakwood are exposed to some language and cultural experience. In addition to partnership work in Mexico Oakwood also have a partnership school in Senegal, Senegalese American bi-lingual school, a relationship in its very early stages.

Head of School Jo Speak was beaming with pride when she spoke of the award: “It’s fabulous to be recognised for our international work, and promotion of languages through-out the school. The award is a great success for both the school and our community, which have held world coffee mornings, welcomed international visitors and supported the schools mission of full inclusion.  It’s a great lesson to the students that hard work and determination are vehicles for success.”

John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it 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. 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.’

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.