The Observatory Schools was awarded the British Council’s International School Award in September 2018 in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. This award has recently been re-accredited to recognise our widening engagement in the International Schools programme. We were also awarded the prestigious TES Award in 2019 for our international work.
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.
Students at school today will live and work in a globalised society where trade with other countries will be the norm. In order to better understand this environment it is crucial that young people get exposure to other countries and their people during their formative years which is why we are so committed to the ideas behind International Schools.
We have done a huge amount of international work, including an Erasmus exchange with schools in France, Spain, Italy, Finland and Turkey. Pupils across the school have had the opportunity to visit their partners at their schools. It has been a great success and our pupils have made memories that will last a life time.