British Council International School Award success for OPGS
OPGS in Maidstone has been awarded 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.
OPGS’s international work includes charity expeditions to places such as Ghana and Peru where they have worked with under-privileged children and orphans and raised thousands of pounds to improve facilities.
On hearing the news that OPGS had achieved foundation level of the award, Mr Lewis said: It is lovely to gain recognition from the British Council for the work the students of OPGS have done in recent years to help communities less fortunate than themselves. The work done in the orphanage in Peru is of particular merit as the students raised over £10,000 to improve the living conditions of the street children being housed there.
Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: OPGS’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 encourage 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”.