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Military school honoured with International School Award

The Duke of York's Royal Military School was praised for its efforts to 'bring the world into the classroom'

Posted by Hannah Vickers | September 13, 2017 | International

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover 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. The Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s international work includes long standing exchanges with Valley Forge Military Academy and College and Missouri Military Academy, and theatrical performances with West Point High School in Virginia; links with the 12 Bangladesh cadet colleges; frequent French and Spanish exchanges; hosting students from across Europe for academic and sporting events; and a Model United Nations Society for students to debate worldwide issues.

Alex Foreman, the School’s Principal, said: “This is an incredible honour and endorsement for the work we do in the classroom to promote worldwide citizenship and cultural diversity. Our military links have also afforded many opportunities in the last year, including a delegation of our students playing a central part to commemorate the roles of Sir Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle in the Second World War at a special occasion in France.”

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 - Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council

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 is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 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 

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