International School Award
Beverley High School was delighted to discover we had been re-accredited with the International School Award. In their evaulation the British Council said:
"This is an exemplary submission. You have provided extensive information about your school's international involvement and activities, clearly demonstrating that the international dimension is firmly embedded in your school's curriculum and whole-school ethos, promoting citizenship and foreign language learning, and celebrating cultural diversity across the school and wider community. International activities are well managed and coordinated so that they are fully integrated into the curriculum throughout the year complementing other strategic priorities, and supported by your student International Relations Club. Due importance is allocated to the international dimension by the recognition of a TLR for the role of International Coordinator. Your active links with schools in Sri Lanka, France and Japan are providing rich learning experiences for both students and staff, and it is hoped that the recent participation by one of your teachers in an eTwinning conference will result in further European links and collaboration in the future. You have submitted an impressive eighteen international activities, all of which enable your students to learn about other countries and aspects of their cultures in a curriculum-based context, and also to consider and reflect on different issues meaningfully in relation to their international school links. Foreign language learning is brought to life with the cultural background provided, for example, by your French Language Exchange Programme. International visits are carefully structured so that the associated learning complements and enriches the curriculum. You also make good use of British Council collaborative projects such as "Zero Hunger" in partnership with your link school in Sri Lanka. Your Impact Evaluation is detailed and insightful. You recognise that your students are gaining knowledge about different countries and aspects of their cultures, as well as important citizenship attributes such as tolerance and empathy, as well as interest and motivation to engage with issues, for example via your "100 Million-100 Steps" project. Your international work is broadening horizons and aspirations in preparation for future professional and social lives. You also acknowledge the benefits of international links for staff professional development in terms of the opportunity to share good practice internationally, for example via the "Mathematics Preference Project" in collaboration with colleagues in Sri Lanka. You note increased motivation and interest for curriculum planning to incorporate an international and dimension as well as good team work. You are also proud to be able to inform and involve local community members in your international activities and learning outcomes. Your ambassadorial role is established via your support for a local school with their Sri Lanka and Japan links, and your mentoring of the teaching and learning of English in your French partner school. You have good ambitions to further extend this support role. You could consider joining the team of British Council and/or eTwinning Ambassadors which would spread your experience and expertise more widely. Congratulations! The "international culture" which you highlight in your Impact Evaluation is clearly a prominent and dynamic part of life at Beverley High School. We wish you continuing success and enjoyment with your ongoing international work. "
Many congratulations to all involved but especially Miss Stamp and Mr Evans who have done such a great job with this over the past year!