School’s Award for International Learning
Monday, 25 January 2021
Bolton School Boys’ Division has received the British Council International School Award at Foundation level. This award celebrates and supports the inclusion of an international ethos, both within the curriculum and embedded in school culture, and recognises schools that show a commitment to international awareness and understanding.
Mr Carl Robson, the Boys’ Division Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), said: ‘Bolton School Boys’ Division has a long and proud tradition in Modern Foreign Languages, offering French, German, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin. We have a large department of eleven full time and two part-time colleagues teaching their subject specialisms to A level and beyond. We have many students go on to study languages at university and are celebrating our latest Oxbridge success with Jack Danson being offered a place to read French and German at Oxford.
‘Over the years we have achieved national recognition in the Spelling Bee Competition, in the North Schools’ MFL Debating Competition and in essay writing competitions.
‘We have been a hub for the National SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) programme offering teaching opportunities to trainee MFL teachers in partnership with local schools.
‘We offer trips to Paris, to the Rheinland, to Northern Spain and to Russia as part of our Trips and Visits programme. The school has partnerships with schools in France, Germany and Russia. We employ language assistants through the British Council annually and give native speakers in French, German and Spanish speaking countries the opportunity to spend a year in the UK in high quality school accommodation. In recent years, we have welcomed Spanish assistants from Colombia and Murcia, French assistants from Normandy and the Vendée region and a German assistant from Austria. These opportunities really benefit our students too.
‘There has never been a more important time to promote the joys and benefits of learning living languages post-Brexit. We are delighted that the British Council wish to recognise our place in supporting language teaching in the UK.’
Schools participating in the International School Award are encouraged to complete collaborative work with international partner schools, and are offered guidance to sustain and further develop international education within the school and curriculum. The programme and introduction of internationalism in school offers pupils increased awareness of other countries, cultures and languages as well as the confidence and skills to live and work in a global society.
Boys’ Division Deputy Head (Academic) Mr Nic Ford Tweeted about the achievement: ‘Very pleased @BoltonSchool Boys’ Division have been awarded the International School Award from @BritishCouncil for promoting the international dimension across school and highlighting the benefits of learning in a global context.’
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