Top award for bringing the world into the classroom

Ponteland Middle School celebrates winning the International School Award and seen with pupils are Headteacher Caroline Pryer and Ponteland high School student Charlie Bell.'REF 1709141437

Ponteland Middle School celebrates winning the International School Award and seen with pupils are Headteacher Caroline Pryer and Ponteland high School student Charlie Bell.'REF 1709141437

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Ponteland Middle School’s involvement in overseas projects and teaching of global issues have been recognised with a prestigious accolade.

The British Council’s International School Award (ISA) is given to applicants that successfully show how their pupils have gained awareness and understanding of what life is like for people in different continents and what they have done to help communities in developing countries.

This includes specific activities, initiatives across a range of subjects and collaborative curriculum-based work with partner schools.

Staff at Ponteland Middle have forged links with organisations in Kenya and the school community supports teachers and pupils at Wanga Primary School, a Water for Women borehole project in Maasai Mara and a Viagenco Clinic for HIV/Aids in Mbita.

Headteacher Caroline Pryer said: “This award is a testament to the consistent kindness, love and financial support given by governors, parents, teachers and children to our friends in Kenya.

“We are grateful to Mrs Blissett, Miss Perrin and Mrs Driver for their persistence in opening our eyes and hearts.”

Around 5,000 ISAs have been presented to schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.