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British Council International School Award success for Chiltern Edge School

Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for a third consecutive three year term in recognition of its work to bring the wider world into the classroom!

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.

Chiltern Edge’s international work includes a long-standing partnership with Gesamtschule Hollfeld in Bavaria, letter and information exchanges with schools in France, Italy and China as well as visits to France and Germany.

On hearing the news that Chiltern Edge had received the award, Mary Lewis (International Co-ordinator) said: ‘This is really quite an achievement - to have been awarded the ISA for a third time is outstanding! The award lasts for 3 years and each time you apply for re-accreditation, more is expected of the school. Chiltern Edge always steps up to the mark. There is an excellent international ethos embedded across the school from the Amnesty International Ambassadors to the SEAL and PHSE programmes and from the annual visit of teachers from China to our 41st Exchange with our German partner school.’
British Council Chief Executive, Sir Ciarán Devane, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. 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.’
The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme, which is delivered by the British Council and supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “Young people must be at the heart of our work to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone and we need to ensure their voices are heard if we are to win the fight against global poverty. That is why I am delighted to celebrate the international work of Chiltern Edge and the energy and passion of the young people involved.

“The International School Award is a great way of highlighting how young people have the potential to change things for the better. I’m sure that schools getting involved will be broadening the horizons of their students, which will not only help their careers but benefit their wider lives in the future.”