Devon secondary school wins prestigious award

Pilton students at an international school in AustriaPilton students at an international school in Austria

Posted on: 6 September 2019

A North Devon secondary school has received a prestigious award for the quality of its international education.

Pilton Community College has been granted the International School Award by the British Council.

The award lasts for three years from the start of this term.

The assessors comments concluded: “You have presented a clear impression of a school whose international dimension is firmly and confidently embedded in your curriculum and whole-school ethos, promoting citizenship, foreign language learning and an appreciation of cultural diversity.”

The assessors said Pilton presented a successful formula with a combination of:

• Purposeful exchange and study visits to European, African and Asian countries with links to the curriculum
• Hosting of visits from other countries with clear inter-cultural benefits for Pilton students as well as the visitors
• A high Modern Foreign Languages profile, incorporating access to the relevant country and culture alongside learning the language, lending motivation and context

The assessors continued: “Your long-standing partnerships with schools in Germany, Spain, Austria and Martinique are providing rich learning experiences for both students and teachers.

“Students have clearly benefitted by learning first-hand about different countries and cultures, practising their foreign language skills, and also developing important life skills.

“Teachers have benefitted from the opportunity to share good practice internationally and find out about other countries’ education systems.

“Congratulations to all at Pilton Community College who have contributed to this achievement in the 20th Anniversary Year of the International School Award.

“We wish you continuing success and enjoyment with your international work.
We hope that the scope of your excellent international activities will continue to develop and benefit the school community.”

A Pilton student learning to write Chinese

A Pilton student learning to write Chinese

Pilton headteacher Graham Hill said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded the International School Award 2019-2022 for our continued hard word with international projects.

“It is important to us to offer students a wealth of linguistic, international and cultural experiences in school, as well as numerous opportunities to travel.

“Internationalism builds on the cultural capital of our students, raising their awareness of other nationalities and cultures, preparing them with a wealth of knowledge and skills that will enable them to open doors to get ahead in life.

A Pilton student helping on a building project in Uganda

A Pilton student helping on a building project in Uganda

“Our aspiration is for students to become informed global citizens, who embrace internationalism and future occasions to connect successfully with others and make a real difference in the wider world.”

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