International School Award for Hadrian Park

Hadrian Park Primary School is pleased to announce that we have been reaccredited with the Full International School Award, which recognises all of the international work that we take part in.  Our pupils regularly take part in activities which help them to develop as International Citizens.  We are lucky enough to have partner schools in a number of countries worldwide, with whom children can communicate face to face, via post and the internet. In school we have participated in joint projects with schools in China, Hong Kong, India and Latvia, examining global themes such as ‘fairness and equality’, ‘diversity’ and ‘sustainable living’.  We will continue to develop these partnerships over the coming year.

The following comments are taken from the feedback we received from the British Council regarding our 201 application.  The award is valid for the next three years. 

"Well done to everyone at Hadrian Park, you have all worked well together to ensure that your pupils are really developing a deep understanding of the International Dimension. Your new partnerships are already proving themselves to be worthwhile and have really added to the dimension. It is pleasing that your teachers are really motivated towards integrating international work into the curriculum and the activities listed are really enhancing.

The Commonwealth activity has worked well in that it has enhanced knowledge of countries that otherwise might be side-lined. The Ten Pieces activity fits so well into Arts Mark but has been cleverly adapted to also provide a rich source of understanding about composers and their origins. The Bastille Day adds to the French Café Experience and helps the children to really concentrate together to encourage each other to try their hardest. Using famous landmarks, information and issues involving the local area and finding out about traditions and seasons are all really rich sources for sharing information and has an accessibility about it which is a useful starting point for new partners.

It has been good that you have been able to enhance the IT skills of your pupils and given both these and language work a real purpose and audience. You have clearly been able to support other local schools in an appropriate ambassadorial way and this local networking will also serve as future encouragement to yourselves. The interest and support shown by your local community is a good impetus to continue with this great work. The links with various places of worship will hopefully continue into the future. You may wish to consider applying for an Erasmus+ KA1 so that you could apply to complete job shadowing in Finland, Czech Republic or indeed Italy. Well done this clearly meets all the criteria for reaccreditation. Good luck in your future work. "

Congratulations on working so hard to co-ordinate such an impressive range of work as an International Co-ordinator! You are a credit to the school and the wider community