School gets top honour

Pupils and International Ambassadors Rebecca Sanderson and Ashley Davy receive the British Council International Award.
Pupils and International Ambassadors Rebecca Sanderson and Ashley Davy receive the British Council International Award.
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A Northumberland school has received a top award for its outstanding work to bring the world into the classroom.

An unforgettable live performance from a troupe of Maasai Warriors, Greek language taster sessions and a student volunteering trip to Kenya are just a few of the initiatives that earned the Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) the British Council’s International School Award.

The award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

It recognises the schools leading the way in instilling and developing a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.

Last month Maasai Warriors performed their tribal dance in front of 400 pupils at NCEA, which has campuses in Ashington, Newbiggin and Lynemouth.

Louise Gatti, NCEA Gifted & Talented Coordinator and Teacher of Art & Design, said: “It is vital that we equip our students with the skills they need to enter what is a global jobs market such as language skills and an understanding of different cultures.

“We also want to encourage aspiration so pupils realise that they can travel to places like Kenya and help make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Experiencing these cultures first hand, whether in school with an unforgettable performance from Maasai Warriors , or visits overseas such as volunteering abroad, is a much better way of learning than just reading about them in a book or watching on a screen.”

John Rolfe, from the British Council, said: “The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. 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.’