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Lakenham Primary School scoops prestigious cultural award

Celebrating winning the British Council International School award, Lakenham Primary School teacher Henri Harben, in blue, and Tesco community champion, Christina Martin, with some of the pupils dressed up for World Languages Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Celebrating winning the British Council International School award, Lakenham Primary School teacher Henri Harben, in blue, and Tesco community champion, Christina Martin, with some of the pupils dressed up for World Languages Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Celebrating languages, learning songs and developing links with other schools around the globe are just a few reasons why a city school has won a prestigious award.

Why does the award encourage and support our schools?

• An international ethos embedded throughout the school

• A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work

• Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools

• Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects

• Year-round international activity

• Involvement of the wider community

Lakenham Primary School, off Smithfield Road in Norwich, has been awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The school’s efforts include the annual Lakenham Languages Day and celebrating languages spoken at the school by learning songs, dance and looking at famous artists from different countries.

Links between partner schools have also been made in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Seville, in Spain, where children have exchanged projects to learn about each other’s culture.

Headteacher, Oriana Dalton, said: “Being awarded the International School Award is recognition of the wonderfully diverse and vibrant community we serve. It is a celebration of community and has given us an opportunity to celebrate, explore and develop our appreciation of diversity and prepare our pupils for life in a global society.”

The award is a badge of honour for outstanding work in international education.

Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, as British Council chief executive, Ciarán Devane, explains.

He 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. Adding an international dimension to children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful future careers in an increasingly global economy.”

The award is available worldwide in countries such as India, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme, which is delivered by the British Council and supported by the Department for International Development.

Around 5,000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

• Has your school done something special recently? Email reporter Donna-Louise Bishop or ring 01603 772568.

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