Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:40

British Council International School Award success for Ysgol Eirias

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Ysgol Eirias, in Colwyn Bay, has again 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 young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

 Through its wide ranging international programme, Ysgol Eirias was praised for its commitment, creativity and innovative work.

This included its focus on exchange visits with German and French pupils, its commitment to cultural heritage through the Eisteddfod and its focus on Mandarin as part of the Year 7 Celebrations project.

Trips to countries including Iceland and Malawi were also commended for their educational value.

 On hearing the news that the school had received the award, Mrs Sarah Sutton, Headteacher said: “We are delighted to receive the international award; this is our third International school award since 2011.

The British council’s feedback on our “impressive” application is a significant accolade to the international learning that goes on at our school and one we are very proud of.

Through International learning activities being embedded across the curriculum, their impact has enhanced learning opportunities and provided the promotion of intercultural dialogue, increased knowledge and understanding of each other’s societies and last but not least, motivated and engaged pupils through relevant learning.”

 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

 To interview the school or for images, please contact Mr. Dean Nicholls (Tel no: 01492 532025)

 For more information about the International School Award, please contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


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