It is with great pride that we announce we have won a tes Award at this years tes ceremony in London! We are very proud of our international work and as many you are aware we are currently working with 5 schools from France, Spain, Italy and Turkey on our Erasmus project CREACTION. We would like to personally thank all of our partner peers and teachers for making the experience happen and for the adventures we have had so far. As you can imagine the award has generated much media interest and you may have seen us in the local press. Here is the official press realease:
The Observatory School takes the International award at the prestigious Tes Schools Awards 2019 London, 21 June 2019:
The Observatory School has taken the International award at the prestigious Tes Schools Awards 2019. The awards, celebrating their eleventh year, recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students around the country to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.
Staff at The Observatory School have “opened up the world to pupils” by giving them
opportunities to work with young people from different countries.
The school has completed projects through the eTwinning network with more than 21 countries. It successfully applied for Erasmus funding with its partner school in France to take 24 pupils to meet their overseas peers on four face-to-face visits.
The judges were particularly impressed with an exchange trip to Finland for five pupils with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic spectrum conditions. There was some concern about how pupils would cope being in the large Finnish school alongside children from another culture and, at first, they were shy and anxious about the experience. But as the visit progressed, they slowly integrated into the larger groups and, by the end of the experience, they had made friends for life with the other children.
“The Observatory School is a shining example of how education can open up and widen pupils’ perceptions of the world,” the judges commented. “By the school’s own admission, they are bound only by their imagination.”
If you would like furhter information about this, or you are interested in your child taking part in one of the face to face visits please contact Miss Gower.
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