School awarded for foreign work

Award Winners: Awsworth Primary School headteacher Jane Mainprize, teacher Ian Baxter, and pupils Ben Davies, Brook Dennis, Asley Danby, Kai Horsley-Lloyd, Megan Wright and Heman Yong celebrate with their International School Award.
Award Winners: Awsworth Primary School headteacher Jane Mainprize, teacher Ian Baxter, and pupils Ben Davies, Brook Dennis, Asley Danby, Kai Horsley-Lloyd, Megan Wright and Heman Yong celebrate with their International School Award.

A SCHOOL in Awsworth has been handed a prestigious award for teaching pupils about different cultures and the wider world.

Awsworth Primary School has been given the International School Award for the second time for the work it does with partner schools in India and Mexico.

The school has been involved in two exchange visits where teachers from India and Mexico have come to Awsworth to teach the children their language and more about their cultures.

Headteacher Jane Mainprize, said: “We are all really proud of the school’s achievement in being presented with this prestigious award for the second time.

“You can read about it all in books and on television, but it’s culturally enriching when you have people here first hand. It enhances the children’s learning.”

Pupils have also spoken to children at their partner schools on Skype.

“It’s good for the children to speak to the other pupils and see them on video at the same time,” Mrs Mainprize said.

“Modern technology is great for that. It makes it much more realistic and closer to home.”

Awsworth Primary School was first given the award in 2008 when it launched its links abroad.

The British Council Award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Pakistan as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.

John Rolfe from the British Council, said: “The school’s inspirational work is vital preparation for all our young people, helping them to better understand their place in the world and supporting the development of their skills in an increasingly global economy.”

Visit www.britishcouncil.org/schoolsonline for more information.