7 February, 2020
Students and staff at Ormiston Victory Academy are celebrating receiving an International Schools Award from the British Council. The prestigious award recognises the school’s strong culture and success in promoting international education.
The International School Award is a reward for schools who “have shown a commitment to embedding international awareness and understanding within their class or school”. It’s available across 16 countries and once a school has been given the award, they are then supported to complete collaborative, curriculum-based work with international partner schools, as well as with the wider community.
Ormiston Victory Academy has made languages a priority over the past few years, and it’s made a massive difference to students’ progress – reflected in its latest award success.
The school has partnered with a school in Spain. As part of the partnership, students at the school have been given pen pals which has given them the opportunity to learn about each other’s lives while improving their language skills. The academy has also taken part in the Erasmus+ programme since 2016, enabling both pupils and teachers to benefit from wider European culture. September 2019 also saw Mandarin introduced as an additional languages option, which has been extremely well-received by students.
The academy anticipates that this award will provide a further boost for language studies at the school, including importantly giving many students, which might not otherwise be able to, the opportunity travel abroad, as well as helping to enrich the curriculum.
Naomi Palmer, Principal at Ormiston Victory Academy said:
“We’re really pleased the British Council has recognised Ormiston Victory Academy’s strong commitment to international culture with this prestigious award. International education and languages is a real strength for us as an academy and so we’re really excited to be building on the opportunities this award will open up for pupils and look forward to seeing where it could take them.”