British Council International School Award
Oaks Park High School has been awarded Intermediate 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 and work in today’s world.
Oaks Park’s international work includes video conferences with Chung-Hsing School discussing topics such as the effect of COVID-19 on young people, sustainable development and sustainable futures as well as an energy debate with Chung-Hsing School and Killhill High School in New York. Within the curriculum students look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals supported by LYFTA+ as well as exploring cultural heritage in music, food and nutrition and Geography to name a few. As a whole school, Oaks Park embraces the diverse makeup and culture of our community through ‘Culture Day’. Students in MFL have the opportunity to take part in pen-pal schemes with our partner schools, challenging all Oaks Park students to become global citizens.
John Rolfe MBE, Schools Outreach Manager at the British Council, said: ‘Oaks Park High School’’s international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition with the British Council International School Award - Intermediate Certificate.
We are proud and delighted to work with this great school. Many thanks to everyone for all their commitment to developing international work and sharing excellent classroom practice and resources. This is enriching education for its pupils; and their excellent collaborative projects with partner schools overseas are bringing the world into their classrooms. International work is key support for the development of skills young people need to be the globally aware citizens of the future.
Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to accreditation with our Full International School Award and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging global network should contact us at the British Council”.
A huge thank you to all the students and staff that have taken part in and organised activities and lessons that have contributed to this award.