Wide Horizons: Internationalism: Stantonbury International School achieves British Council International School Award

 Stantonbury International School has been awarded the Intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

This award comes only a year after the school successfully attained Foundation Level, and in making the award the assessor said the school comfortably met the criteria and that it was even possible for the school to apply for the Full Award and accreditation before September.

Schools eligible for accreditation are experienced in working with international partners on various projects and sustaining this throughout the year with activities embedded across the whole school and curriculum.

The school’s international work has been spearheaded by the International Lead, and Modern Foreign Language teacher, Sandra Underwood, who said: “We are committed to preparing young people to become global citizens.

“The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning project has broadened the outlook of our students by connecting them with those of similar age in our partner schools in Lebanon and India, engendering within them a genuine interest in other cultures. It has engaged the students in a new way of learning, enabling them to take ownership of their projects.”


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 that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

On hearing the news, Michelle Newman, Head at Stantonbury International School said:  “We are delighted to have achieved the Intermediate Award and look forward to working more closely with our partner schools and embedding our global links into the curriculum through projects such as Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning.


“Our international perspective is reflective of our global vision and our ambition is to pass on to future generations the talent of being active global citizens, open to the world, its diversity and cultural heritage.


Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Stantonbury International School’s international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Intermediate Award.

The school’s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils by bringing an essential global dimension to learning and encourage the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future.

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


For more information about the International School Award, please contact their team at isa@britishcouncil.org