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International award for village school

Helpringham primary school pupils with head teacher Penny Wetton, winners of International Schools award, from left - Lucy Wilkinson 8, Charley Marshall 7, Kieran Harley-Pesce 7, Ashley Tayler 7.

Helpringham primary school pupils with head teacher Penny Wetton, winners of International Schools award, from left - Lucy Wilkinson 8, Charley Marshall 7, Kieran Harley-Pesce 7, Ashley Tayler 7.

A village school has been commended for its work in bringing the world into the classroom for its pupils.

Helpringham Primary School has been awarded the British Council’s International School Award, which is presented to schools that work hard to create an international education for pupils and bringing knowledge of the wide world into lessons.

One of the key components of the award is establishing links with a partner school overseas, which Helpringham School provides through its association with Jinding No 1 Primary School in China.

The school also has to show there are international themes and activities across their curriculum.

Headteacher Penny Wetton said the staff and pupils were delighted to have been presented with the award.

She added: “Over the last two years the children have experienced European, Asian and African workshops and have forged close links with our twin school in China.

“This has included exchanging work on the area we live in and the children at work within our schools. This has enabled them to have a greater understanding of cultures different to our own.”

To mark their success, the pupils have created a special display in school.

Over 700 schools across the UK have received ISA accreditation.

John Rolfe from the British Council said: “The school’s fantastic international work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too.”

 

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