A SCHOOL near Newquay with links to Africa, Asia and South America has been praised by the British Council for its outstanding work in international education.
St Columb Major Academy has been awarded the council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to “bring the world into the classroom”.
The award is a badge of honour for schools that allow pupils to learn more about international issues and cultures through partnerships with schools overseas.
St Columb Major Academy’s international work includes links with schools in Sikkim India, Uganda, China, Peru and Canada.
Headteacher Antus Phillips said: “We are really pleased that we have been recognized as a school that has excelled in the area of international learning; it means a lot for our pupils, teachers and school as a whole. We look forward to continuing with this work in the foreseeable future.”
The school has worked closely with St Columb Minor Academy and Newquay Tretherras Academy on a joint British Council project called ‘Connecting Classrooms’, which has seen an exchange of staff from schools in Sikkim over the last three years.
This link continues in March 2014 with four teachers travelling to India to teach in schools for a week, after which four Indian teachers will return to teach at the three schools in the Newquay area.
Around 800 schools in the UK received International School Award accreditation in 2012.