School’s a global award winner

Pupils at Byrchall High School, Ashton
Pupils at Byrchall High School, Ashton

AN ASHTON school has been awarded an international accolade for their work in bringing world topics to the classroom.

The Byrchall High was given the British Council’s prestigious International School Award this year.

The International School Award is given to schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas.

Some of the pupils at Byrchall have already been to Tanzania earlier this year to help an underprivileged school and an orphanage.

On top of this, Byrchall’s international work included operating a Fairtrade Tuckshop, producing Rangoli Masks, working towards the Rights Respecting School Award, International Day of languages, producing Peace Wheels for the International Day of Peace and a whole host of other activities that embrace all students throughout the whole year.

John Rolfe, from the British Council, told the school: “Many congratulations on your well deserved success in being accredited with the British Council International School Award.

“The school’s fantastic international work is not only giving the young people a better understanding of the world around them, but it’s really making a difference to their future prospects too.

“Employers are telling us that international skills are just as important as exam results – so everything the school is doing is vital preparation for life in a global society and work in a global economy.

“The year 2012 is a big one for the UK on the world’s stage, and the school deserves a gold medal of its own for all its outstanding commitment to a range of fantastic international work.”

This year saw more than 700 schools receive International School Award accreditation nationwide.

This includes a wide range of schools from a variety of different backgrounds and areas across the UK.