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British Council International School Award success for Bangor Academy and Sixth Form CollegeBritish Council International School Award success for Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College.  Bangor Academy has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. 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 for life work in today’s world.

The Academy’s international work includes Sixth Formers teaching English in India, collaboration with schools in France, Holland, Norway, Portugal and Finland, Mandarin lessons as part of the school’s role as a Confucius Hub and success in the Francofest competition to promote foreign language study. 

International Schools co-ordinator, Mrs Emma Coulter said:

“I am so proud to receive this award. We have enjoyed 10 successful years already as an International School and I think you cannot over-estimate the lifelong benefits our pupils enjoy from developing a sense of themselves being citizens of the world, not just Bangor.”

On hearing the news that the Academy was successfully reaccredited until 2020, Principal, Matthew Pitts said: 

“Our pupils thrive on the many foreign trips and different cultural experiences we offer in school. We aim to make them global citizens and I am delighted that the British Council has recognized how successfully we have embedded international links so we continue to widen our pupils’ horizons.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, 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. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’

The award, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Over 6000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

• An international ethos embedded throughout the school

• A whole school approach to international work

• Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools

• Year-round international activity

• Involvement of the wider community