Learning & Achieving Together

International School Award

Brentside High School 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.

Brentside High School’s international work includes language trips to Barcelona, visits from Chinese teachers to learn about the British education system, staff trips to the United States of America to learn about their education system and students performing at Disneyland, Paris to name but a few.

On hearing the news that Brentside had received the Award, Arwel Jones, headteacher  said: "I am delighted that Brentside has received the International School Award in recognition of our outstanding work both within school and around the world.  One of our key strengths is in the partnerships we foster with other organisations in order to enhance the learning and achieving of our students.  It is very important that students understand the importance of their role as citizens in the wider global community and the impact they can have on the world.  This award highlights our successes in the field of international links and we are proud that our students and staff benefit from such rich experiences”.  

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 ISA encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A majority of students within the school impacted by and involved in international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community