A WIDDRINGTON Station school is becoming expert at bringing the world into the classroom.
The British Council has once again given its prestigious International School Award to Grange View First School for its outstanding work in providing pupils with knowledge of the world around them.
It has teamed up with Amble First School and St Cuthbert’s in Amble to form a global schools partnership with three schools in Kenya, and headteachers and other staff made reciprocal visits in the last academic year.
Pupils were asked to write about their living environment then compare it to the responses of their African counterparts.
The award also took into account trips to Beamish and Berwick to learn about past and present culture in the North East, as well as themed projects.
As it lasts for three years, Grange View submitted an application to retain the accolade it first received in 2008.
This involved setting out the activities it would do during the 2010/11 academic year, showing evidence that they had been carried out, including photographs and examples of the children’s work, completing self-evaluation forms and stating what the school is planning to do in the next three years.
International School Co-ordinator Sue Charlton said: “Achieving this highly-prized award recognises the quality and amount of work that our pupils, staff and parents contribute to making our school a truly global community.
“Our activities are wide-ranging and they have helped pupils to develop a respect for other people’s views and opinions.
“They have a greater awareness of their own environment and also what life is like for people in other parts of the world.”