Since becoming a Specialist School we have developed an outward looking, international ethos and dimension within the whole school curriculum which was rewarded in August 2009 by the prestigious DCSF International Award. The activities included in the dossier of evidence showcasing our international work ranged from the Connecting Classrooms Project with the Yemen, the UKIERI project with India, immersion courses to China and Egypt to our support to the Chernobyl Children lifeline and a school in Gambia, to an exchange with Collège des Champs Plaisants in France and 6th form debating in the European Youth Parliament. We have also become a Fair Trade school and have taken part in Operation Christmas Child.
Thank you to all students, staff and parents who took part in International activities last year. On 16th October 2009, I attended a high-profile ceremony in London that recognises the outstanding work we have produced and enjoyed! The trophy was presented by broadcaster and journalist George Alagiah. John Rolfe, Manager, DCSF International School Award at the British Council says: “Many congratulations and many thanks on your well-deserved success in being accredited with the Award. The rich range of work you are doing in the school and across your larger community to support and encourage global citizens with a greater understanding of the world around them is truly fantastic.”
Having Humanities College status makes it possible to offer students and staff opportunities to join in truly exciting projects, it helps to sustain and accelerate the pace of whole-school improvement and acts as a catalyst for innovation. Projects are integrated in the curriculum across the age and ability range and sponsorship is available for students on free school meals or EMA.