Primary school gains national recognition

A Cramlington school has been awarded a prestigious award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Cragside Church of England Primary School was awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award, which is given to those that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

Cragside’s international work includes visits from an African choir, regular contact with schools in India, Brazil, Uganda and New Zealand via email, with projects ranging from recipe exchanges, traditional songs and dances, discussions about the differences in climate, as well as looking at famous landmarks.

Headteacher Paul Rusby said: “I am delighted that the school’s work in this important area has been recognised with this award.

“It has been wonderful to see the pupils’ enthusiasm in finding out about other cultures and countries.

“Just last month Cragside was filled with the sound of African drums as we hosted a choir from Uganda, which the children loved.”

“I look forward to how we can progress this even further in years to come.”