MORPETH’S high school has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the organisation’s efforts so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
The award has been presented to King Edward VI School, for its varied and cross-curricular approach to international education.
It has multi-lingual student tour guides and has hosted a number of foreign visitors, for example a Dutch educational research visit and the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir from Uganda.
The curriculum enables students to appreciate diversity across cultures and nations in many ways, including Chinese and Arabic mathematicians, the impact of religion in Samoan culture (A-Level PE), how gender is perceived differently in different cultures (Psychology) and the impact of Fairtrade and development issues in India, Africa and the Far East (Geography).
There are many exchanges and cultural visits each year to France, Spain, Germany, the USA and this year South Africa for a cricket tour.
Increasing numbers of pupils are joining the KEVI Amnesty International Group as well as the Student International Relations Committee and many of the student-led activities with a global dimension involve the local community.
For example, the launch of a Fairtrade Snack Business working with Morpeth Fairtrade Forum and a special 1940s event based on ‘communication during the 1940s around the world’ during National Science and Engineering Week in the Town Hall.
Head of Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment at KEVI, Victoria Najafi, said: “We are delighted to gain such fantastic recognition for our international work.
“I believe that many aspects of our cross-curricular approach to learning about international issues are unique and it has certainly enthused students in particular to develop further international projects and initiatives.
“Many thanks to KEVI staff and students who have participated and led many of our international success stories which have all contributed to the award.”