British Council Internation School Award

The global dimension of our school has been praised by the British Council International School Award.

We received the award from Neil Parish MP and John Rolfe from the British Council at a special assembly on Friday, January 27.

The award celebrates the school’s international ethos.  Reception class children explore their identity and home languages.  In Key Stage One, pupils are introduced to Barnaby Bear and invited to take him on adventures within the UK and abroad.  Events such as World Peace Day, Chinese New Year and the European Day of Languages are also commemorated in assemblies.

In Key Stage Two children learn French and since 2015 have taken part in e-twinning projects with French schools. Willand School now has a permanenttwinned school in Poland where curriculum links are made and children can join a club.

Anne Hawkins, Headteacher,  said: “It’s based on the work that we have been doing in the school for many years, so this is a culmination of the work that runs in our ethos and curriculum.

“It’s so important that the children learn not just about their local community but that they learn about the wider global community.

“It’s fantastic to have this award, we’re absolutely thrilled and proud of our children and staff who have ensured that all these opportunities happen.”

Outreach Manager for the British Council, John Rolfe added: “I would like to say on behalf of the British Council what a wonderful school Willand is.

“We would like every school to follow the wonderful Willand School’s example and celebrate languages, celebrate internationalism and have our young people be those globally aware young people.”

Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish also congratulated the school on their achievement.

“The work that Willand is doing here will enable children to be able to travel and I suspect work all across the world.

“The education they are getting here will help them in their future.”