The Anglo European School in Essex has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. 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 to live and work as global citizens.
The British council assessors praised the school’s ‘ability to embed internationalism into the curriculum in such an apparently effortless manner (which) clearly demonstrates your understanding of the principles and mechanisms of international learning.’ The Council went on to comment that: ‘It is refreshing and encouraging to see the level of commitment and passion that you have dedicated to your international education programme’ and that the Anglo European School is a ‘shining example of how to guide your international work through clearly planned and delivered activities across an extensive cross-curricular platform.’
On hearing the news that AES had received the Award, David Barrs Co Head Teacher said: ‘We have pioneered an international education in an English context for over 40 years and it is the focus of all that we do. It makes the school the distinctive school that we are.’
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.’